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Singapore surge tests 'live with COVID' strategy: 5 things to know

City faces 'crucial period' as cases top 900 despite 80% vaccination rate

Wages in Singapore are expected to rise 3.8% this year, according to advisory firm Willis Towers Watson.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Only three weeks ago, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced the country's full vaccination rate had reached 80% -- a key milestone for further economic reopening. Now the government is warning of a "crucial" period as infections spike again.

The city-state on Thursday reported 910 new COVID-19 cases, up from 133 on the day of Lee's announcement. Thursday's figure was Singapore's highest since May 2020, when almost all patients were migrant workers living in dormitories.

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