Singapore plans to stop counting daily Covid-19 cases and treat virus like flu

SINGAPORE could become one of the first countries to stop recording daily Covid case numbers in a bid to get life back to normal by treating the virus “like the flu”.

The south-east Asian country has recorded just 36 deaths since the start of the pandemic by implementing draconian rules to curb the infection rate, and officials now want to ditch measures such as counting infection numbers each day.

A blueprint has been laid out by three leading members of Singapore’s Covid-19 taskforce to end 18 months of tough restrictions in order to restore quarantine-free travel and public gatherings.

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The city-state, which has a population of 5.7million, has recorded 62,617 cases to date – but this proposal would see an end to a daily tally count.

The hope is to let people “get on with their lives” by scrapping tough rules and instead controlling the virus through other means, such as mass vaccination and better treatments.


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