Singapore is one of the most successful countries in the world in dealing with COVID-19 after announcing it would soon fundamentally change the way it handles pandemics. Indonesia’s neighboring country has stated it will treat COVID-19 like other endemic diseases such as flu. There will be no transmis destination zero cases, in addition quarantine will also be removed for tourists and close contact cases do not need to undergo isolation. Negeri Singa also plans to no longer announce the number of daily cases of COVID-19 infection. However, tests are still required for work or other purposes.
“The bad news is that COVID-19 may never go away. The good news is that it is possible to live a normal life with him in our midst,” wrote Health Minister Ong Ye Kung, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, and Singapore’s Trade Minister Gan Kim Yong in straits times quoted nzherald.co.nz, (5/26/2021).
“That means the virus will always mutate, and thus survive in our community,” he continued in the paper.
Like other countries, the peak of COVID-19 cases in Singapore occurred at the beginning of last year, where per day reached 600 cases in mid-April 2020. After another smaller wave, namely in August, COVID-19 has not completely disappeared since then.
But the country with a population of 5.7 million still records about 20-30 cases per day. In addition, the total deaths in Singapore are recorded only 35 people. This is due to strict border controls in most areas, including arrival tests, hotel quarantines, and stay-at-home orders.
However, the healed will soon be removed based on a plan issued by Menter Kung, Yong and Wong who formed a special team. In the paper, they say, every year many people are affected by COVID-19. Most patients recover without hospital treatment, or with little treatment. But a small percentage, especially the elderly and those with concomitant diseases, can become seriously ill and up to several die.
“We can’t eradicate it, but we can turn a pandemic into something less threatening, like influenza or chicken pox. And move on with our lives,” they said.
Singapore Says Vaccination Is Key
The measures they have prepared cannot begin until more people have been vaccinated. Singapore will provide two-thirds of its population at least one dose of the vaccine. The other two-thirds will be fully vaccinated in early August.
According to the country’s records, a number of people who have been fully vaccinated and exposed to COVID-19 are none of those experiencing serious symptoms.