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Singapore, has been thrown as a test case for nations trying to jump from a COVID-zero approach to living with the virus, but it could take up to six months before the Southeast Asian city-state returns to the kind of freedoms that experienced in Europe.

In a national speech on Saturday, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong defended last month’s tightening of restrictions in response to soaring infections, saying it was necessary to prevent the health care system from being overwhelmed.

Singapore is expanding international travel with the addition of quarantine-free routes with a further nine countries.

Singapore is expanding international travel with the addition of quarantine-free routes with a further nine countries.Credit:Bloomberg

Singapore further opens up for international travel and announces quarantine-free corridors to receive vaccinated passengers from the US, UK, Canada, South Korea and several more European countries following a successful lawsuit with Germany and Brunei.

But despite a double-dose vaccination rate of 83 percent, Singapore is still on guard in the midst of confusion over the government’s strategy.

“You are all understandably anxious. Many have found it difficult to keep up with new policies and changes in measures. I understand your concerns and frustrations, ”Lee said.

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