After countless efforts to eliminate the pandemic, two of the world`s biggest countries have decided to ‘live with Covid.’
Singapore and the UK might have had different experiences during the pandemic but both have now come to terms with the fact that Covid-19 can not be easily eliminated.
Mass vaccinations, masks, and social distancing are some of the measures that have been in place across the globe for more than a year and a half in an effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
According to Johns Hopkins University data, Singapore, an island state of 5.69 million had only seen 36 deaths since the pandemic began. On the other hand, the UK, home to an estimated 66 million people has one of the highest numbers of Covid-19 related deaths in the world. About 129,000 people died of Covid-19 in the UK.
Although the UK implemented similar measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus, Singapore had put Covid control measures in place earlier which explains the difference in the figures above.
Ahead of the lifting of almost all Covid restrictions in the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Covid-19 would “become a virus that we learn to live with as we already do with flu.” England is set to step out of Covid restrictions this Monday.
Last month, lawmakers in Singapore published the country`s roadmap to a “new normal” outlining radical departure from Singapore’s previous “zero transmission” model.
Despite several warnings from different officials of the risk of lifting restrictions amid soaring cases, the UK Government is opting to leave things to the chance of its vaccine rollout.