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Coronavirus

Singapore's upcoming leaders tested as COVID wave rattles public

PM hopefuls in tight spot between virus containment and vow to unchain economy

A sign encourages social distancing in Singapore in late September, as coronavirus cases rise.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- The Singaporean government is fighting a relentless wave of COVID-19 infections, with daily cases topping 3,700 for the first time on Saturday despite a full vaccination rate above 80%. The crisis has ensnarled key ministers tipped as potential leadership candidates in a battle to manage public fears and expectations.

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