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Singapore Seeks to Keep Covid Endemic Path Despite Case Surge

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The central business district in Singapore, on Sept. 6.

The central business district in Singapore, on Sept. 6.

Photographer: Lauryn Ishak/Bloomberg

Singapore says it’s sticking to the course of living with Covid-19 for now, though officials are bracing for daily cases to rise to 2,000 in a few weeks from over 400 currently.

Rather than re-impose strict rules as cases surge, the island nation of about 5.7 million people will start its vaccine booster program from Sept. 14 for vulnerable groups like the elderly and immunocompromised. To ease the strain on hospitals, it will also expand a pilot to let more vaccinated people recover at home, as well as cut local quarantine from 14 days to 10 days from next week.