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Breaking Down Singapore's 'Live With COVID-19' Strategy

SINGAPORE - People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 (Maverick Asio/ Getty Images)
SINGAPORE - People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 (Maverick Asio/ Getty Images)

The Delta variant of COVID-19 is surging in much of the world, prompting some governments to return to lockdown or partial lockdown.

Singapore is pursuing a different strategy — to accept the pandemic as endemic, and return to normal operations.

Singapore is a small island city-state of about 5.7 million people. So far, about 70% of the population is fully vaccinated and 80% have had at least one shot.

Here & Now‘s Scott Tong speaks with Feliz Solomon, Southeast Asia reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Singapore, about the strategy.

This article was originally published on WBUR.org.

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