At last, we are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. Singapore is ready to progress to Phase 3 which will begin in two weeks’ time, on 28 December.
From 1000 cases a day to mostly zero cases on most days. Singapore can be proud of how far we have come, PM Lee said as he gave an update of the COVID-19 situation.
The route to Phase 3 is a tremendous effort. Singaporeans showed resilience and took the difficult measures in their stride.
“Our economy took a big hit, but we did not let it crash. Despite the global economic dislocation, most of our workers kept their jobs,” PM Lee said in the update.
“We got used to the inconvenient restrictions, and found ways to carry on with life. We looked after one another, reminding each other to adhere to safe distancing, to wear masks, to see a doctor if ill, and so on.
I am very grateful that Singaporeans have complied with the spirit, and not just the letter of the rules. We stayed united, kept up our guard, and did not allow ourselves to become complacent over time. With everyone’s full support, our enhanced safeguards worked, and we could gradually ease our restrictions. We can be proud of how far we have come.”
The battle is far from won
One significant change in the route to Phase 3 is to allow groups of up to eight to congregate, up from the current maximum of five.
However, the battle is far from won. There is still a long way to go. The COVID-19 virus has not been eradicated.
Around the world, the pandemic is still surging. But trade and travel are our lifeblood. Hence, Singapore cannot close our borders indefinitely because we risk permanently losing out as an international hub.
Therefore we have to take a calculated risk to re-open our borders in a controlled and safe manner.
We must not let our guard down in Phase 3 because the virus likely is still circulating silently in the community. Each and every one of us must continue to play our part well.