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Singapore eyes September border easing once vaccine rate hits 80%

City-state considers swapping two-week isolation with 'rigorous testing regime'

People walk past a deserted food court in Singapore: The city-state recently tightened social distancing requirements following a flare-up of COVID-19 cases.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Singapore is looking at relaxing its border rules this September, by which time around 80% of the country's 5.7 million people should have received two doses of coronavirus vaccines.

The city-state's Finance Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs a special COVID-19 task force, explained the government's thinking in a parliament session on Monday.

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