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The Scene Singapore is Not Expected to Exit Phase 3 “Anytime Soon”

Singapore is Not Expected to Exit Phase 3 “Anytime Soon”

Singapore is Not Expected to Exit Phase 3 “Anytime Soon”
By Andrea Saadan
February 25, 2021
The city-state moved into Phase 3 of its safe reopening back in December 2020

Singapore has made significant progress in the rollout of its Covid-19 vaccination, with about 250,000 people who have received their first jab. However, that doesn’t mean the country is set to move out of Phase 3 in the near future.

Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary said in Parliament on Thursday that Singapore is unlikely to move out of Phase 3 anytime soon due to the Covid-19 situation around the world as well as within the country.

He added that Singapore government will continue to find ways to allow the economy and society to further reopen in a safe way.

His comments were made in response to a question by Member of Parliament Yip Hon Weng, who had asked about the criteria that must be met in order for Phase 3 restrictions to be lifted.

The country moved into Phase 3 of its reopening on December 28, 2020. After a number of pre-conditions were met, the Government’s Multi-Ministry Taskforce allowed for the lifting of restrictions and resumption of activities such as social gatherings in groups of no more than eight. 

(Related: Editor's Picks: What We Look Forward to in Phase 3 of Singapore's Safe Re-opening)

Back in October 2020, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong had reminded the public that Phase 3 “is a milestone” but “it will not be a return to normal”. A month later, the co-chair of the Task Force added that Phase 3 could last for a year or more.

It was announced yesterday (February 23) that China's Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine had arrived in Singapore, although it is not yet approved for use. To date, Singapore has authorised two Covid-19 vaccines for use, namely Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna.

Singapore will roll out vaccinations to more groups of people, after starting with healthcare workers in December 2020. Covid-19 vaccination for seniors aged 70 and above began on February 23, while those aged between 60 and 69 will start from end-March.

Read more about the vaccination process in the perspective of a frontline worker in Singapore here.

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