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Singapore Eyes Major Easing of Curbs Once Virus Wave Passes

  • Quotas on vaccinated travel lanes will be progressively raised
  • City-state has one of world’s highest vaccination rates
Shoppers on Orchard Road in Singapore.

Shoppers on Orchard Road in Singapore.

Photographer: Ore Huiying/Bloomberg
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Singapore plans to substantially ease travel and social restrictions once the current wave of Covid infections peaks amid mounting evidence that the omicron variant is less threatening than its predecessors.

The government will restore and progressively raise quotas on so-called vaccinated travel lanes, the Ministry of Health said in a statement Wednesday. Visitors entering the city-state via these VTLs from Feb. 22 will not need to take a polymerase chain reaction test upon arrival and can take a supervised self-swab instead.