Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore’s Prime Minister.
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SINGAPORE – Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Monday that the country’s Covid restrictions could be eased after June 13 if the situation improves.
“Aside from another super-spreader or large cluster, we should be on track to get this outbreak under control,” he said in a televised address.
“If our situation continues to improve and the number of cases in the community continues to decline, we should be able to relax restrictions after June 13,” he said.
The Southeast Asian nation saw the number of local coronavirus infections spike in April and imposed stricter measures twice in May to contain the spread of the virus.
From May 8th Singapore extended quarantines for overseas travelers, closed gyms and limited social gatherings for groups of five.
It was announced later a ban on dine-in, Public gatherings have been limited to two-person groups and all workers who can work from home are required to do so from May 16 to June 13. At that point, the government announced that it would review the measures two weeks later.
The increase in cases also led to another delay in the travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong.
The Singapore government last week warned of “heightened uncertainties” in the coming months due to the pandemic, but kept its growth forecast for 2021 at 4% to 6%. The country’s economy grew 1.3% in the first quarter of 2021. the fastest pace in over a year.
As of Sunday, the country reported 62,028 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 33 deaths from the disease.
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