SINGAPORE (June 5): In the movie Apocalypse Now, Lieutenant Colonel Kilgore, the hopeless war addict played by Robert Duvall, famously quipped, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” Meanwhile, the jungle burns a bright orange behind him.

Singapore’s skies this week seemed sunnier and bluer than usual. With commuter traffic and factories taking hesitant steps to emerge from the “circuit breaker” lockdown on June 2, the air even smelled crisper than normal — or was that a whiff of Lysol?

There were some indications of “green shoots” sprouting from Singapore’s economy. The Purchasing Manager’s Index for May, released on June 3, indicated that while the manufacturing sector is still contracting, it has rebounded off the low of 44.7 points in April to 46.8 points for May.

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