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Mar 24, 2022 09:20 PM
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Analysis: Is Hong Kong Following Singapore in Living With Covid-19?

Pedestrians wear face masks and shields as they walk down a street in Hong Kong on March 12. Photo: VCG
Pedestrians wear face masks and shields as they walk down a street in Hong Kong on March 12. Photo: VCG

The Hong Kong government has laid out a phased roadmap to lift most of the city’s social-distancing rules — to achieve a “new normal” within three months — that shares aspects of Singapore’s model of coexisting with Covid-19.

The two places are similarly sized, both in terms of space and population, and have both been hit hard by the highly transmissible omicron variant. But back in August, Singapore released a four-phase roadmap for co-existence with the virus, two months after it announced it would begin to significantly relax restrictions to revive its trade-reliant economy. The city-state then spent about nine months shifting away from strict Covid restrictions and finishing its “coexistence” transition.

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