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Singapore pushes wider COVID testing as variants sweep neighbors

City-state aims to administer one vaccine dose to all residents by August

A conference attendee receives a nose swab for an antigen rapid test in Singapore in January. The city-state intends to normalize widespread, quick testing for COVID-19.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Singapore will beef up its coronavirus testing and vaccination strategy, hoping to shield itself from the threat of virus variants that are hitting its Asian neighbors.

The city-state on Monday reported 23 new COVID-19 cases, seven of them imported. This bucks the worsening trends in neighbors such as Malaysia, which logged a record 9,020 cases on Saturday, and Vietnam, which has also seen new highs in the hundreds. More infectious strains are believed to be fueling the outbreaks.

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