More than 100 days after registering the first case of Covid-19, Singapore authorities are preparing to face this new phase where activities are expected to resume at different scales.
“We are looking at how we can safely resume our activities and reopen our economy ,” said Professor Tan Chorh Chuan, chief health scientist at the Ministry of Health and who is part of the team of medical and research experts on how the scenario could evolve and what answers should be provided according to what can be presented.
So far, the pandemic has caused more than 17 thousand infections and 17 deaths in the country, authorities will allow the opening of Chinese medicine clinics starting Tuesday, and residents will be able to play sports in their residential common areas, although the pools and gyms will continue to be closed.
Within this reactivation phase of activities, from May 12 it will also be allowed the opening of small businesses such as food stores, food stalls, hairdressers, and laundries.
Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat highlighted in an interview by The Sunday Times that many decisions are yet to be made and each one of them suggest a personal and economic cost which is however necessary to keep the situation under control as they start resuming activities.
“A critical part of our work is understanding the nature of this virus: how it is transmitted and how it invades the body and how it is evolving. As this virus moves quickly, it is important that we try to stay ahead of the curve.”
Heng assured that one of the greatest challenges facing the Asian nation is to find ways to stop the spread understand how the virus behaves and how it evolves while reactivating the economy is essential.