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Singapore to simplify 'difficult to understand' virus rules

Bloomberg3/11/2022 06:53 PM GMT+08  • 4 min read
Singapore to simplify 'difficult to understand' virus rules
The country is eyeing restoring passenger volumes to at least 50% of pre-Covid levels this year.
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Singapore plans to simplify Covid-19 restrictions that have built up in the city-state since the start of the pandemic and intends to further ease entry rules for vaccinated travelers, with the worst of the current omicron wave seen to be over.

The island, which boasts a 95% vaccination rate among the eligible population, will look to pay more attention to hospitalizations rather than daily cases to guide its strategy, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said at a briefing Friday. Further easing of measures will only take place “when conditions are right and the healthcare workload has eased, which we expect in the coming weeks,” the health ministry said in a statement.

The financial hub is proceeding with its plans to treat the virus as endemic -- after moving away from a strict Covid Zero strategy some months ago -- while ensuring its healthcare system isn’t overwhelmed. A wave of omicron infections, which saw daily cases top 10,000 in the past month and hit a record of about 26,000 on Feb. 22, led to delays in the implementation of some easing measures.

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