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Singapore holds out hope for coexisting with COVID as cases rise

Restored rules buy time for vaccines while daily community cases top 100

Cleaners disinfect a food center in Singapore after a hawker tested positive for COVID-19 last month.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- It took fewer than 10 days for reported community coronavirus cases in Singapore to grow from zero to over 100 this month, highlighting persistent risks despite a swift vaccination campaign.

Thursday brought deja vu for residents of the city-state, with authorities imposing another ban on dining in restaurants, as seen only about two months ago. Singapore is on guard against the highly contagious delta variant that has driven a COVID-19 resurgence around the world, including far-harder-hit neighboring countries like Malaysia and Indonesia.

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