Singapore ranked safest place to be in covid-19 pandemic
Singapore overtook New Zealand to lead this month's Bloomberg Covid Resilience Ranking, which measures the best and worst places to be during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The city state brought locally transmitted cases down to near zero thanks to border curbs and a strict quarantine programme, allowing citizens to largely go about their everyday lives, even attending concerts and going on cruises.
Singapore has also already administered enough vaccines to cover about a fifth of its population, an aspect of pandemic control where other virus eliminators like New Zealand, Australia and Taiwan are lagging behind.
The highly anticipated two-way travel bubble between Hong Kong and Singapore will open May 26, about six months after an initial plan for quarantine-free travel was shelved.
Singapore also proposed setting up a travel bubble with Taiwan and mutual recognition of vaccination certificates, Taipei-based Central News Agency reported. It cited Singapore Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung as saying that Taiwan is studying the proposal.