Singapore to relax more Covid curbs including for overseas arrivals

SINGAPORE, March 24 — Singapore is easing more Covid-19 curbs including lifting most restrictions for fully vaccinated visitors arriving in the country and dropping requirements to wear masks outdoors, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a speech today.

Singapore was one of the first countries to shift to a strategy of living with Covid-19, but had to slow some of its easing plans due to subsequent outbreaks.

The South-east Asian country’s Omicron wave has started to subside. At its peak, Singapore reported a record of nearly 26,000 cases in February, but the daily number of infections fell to about 9,000 on Wednesday.

Most cases have mild or no symptoms, with about 92 per cent of its 5.5 million population having been fully vaccinated. Another 71 per cent have received a booster jab. — Reuters