Singapore, faced with the imminent prospect of dealing with 2,000 daily Covid-19 cases from over 400 currently, says it’s sticking to the course of living with Covid-19 for now.

Rather than re-impose strict rules as cases surge, the island nation of about 5.7 million people will start its vaccine booster program from Sept. 14 for vulnerable groups like the elderly and immunocompromised. To ease the strain on hospitals, it will also expand a pilot to let more vaccinated people recover at home, as well as cut local quarantine from 14 days to 10 days from next week. 

The moves come as the government seeks to assuage a population that’s been rattled by the rapid rise in cases, and amid divided sentiment over the country’s pledge to cautiously reopen. Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said at a briefing on Friday that as far as possible, the government doesn’t want to reverse course on its pivot to treating the virus as endemic. 

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