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Singapore must stay open or face 'disastrous' consequences: PM Lee

City-state reaches milestone of 80% fully vaccinated against COVID

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong after meeting U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in Singapore on Aug.23.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) -- Singapore must stay open to preserve its status as a global business hub, its prime minister said on Sunday, even as the country continues to tighten its foreign-worker policies and addresses anxieties among locals over competition for jobs.

Foreign labor has long been a hot-button issue in Singapore, but uncertainties due to the COVID-19 pandemic have increased employment worries among locals as the city-state recovers from last year's record recession.

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