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Singapore hopes its vaccination rate above 80% will allow it to leave COVID-19 restrictions behind, but for now it is focused on keeping infections in check.   © Nikkei montage
Asia Insight

Singapore 'soul searching' over economy as COVID surges

Even if vaccines help city-state 'live with' the virus, long-term questions loom

KENTARO IWAMOTO, Nikkei staff writer | Singapore

SINGAPORE -- As pedestrians once again dwindled in Singapore's central business district on Sept. 27, the manager of a health food restaurant let out a sigh of frustration. "No one is coming back," he said.

In normal times, workers from nearby offices would be chatting over a light lunch of seafood and vegetables on rice. But renewed COVID-19 restrictions imposed that day made working from home the default, and limited dining in eateries to pairs -- less than two months after such rules were eased.

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