Singapore to ditch counting case numbers and treat Covid like the flu

Singapore plans to stop routine Covid-19 testing and ditch publishing daily case numbers as it looks to treat the virus in the same way as the flu.

The pathway out of Covid restrictions was laid out in an editorial in the Straits Times by a taskforce of Singaporean ministers.

“We can’t eradicate it, but we can turn the pandemic into something much less threatening, like influenza, hand, foot and mouth disease, or chickenpox, and get on with our lives,” they stated.

The key platform to ensure the pandemic gets treated as an epidemic is vaccinations, with a target to have two-thirds of the population fully vaccinated with two doses over the next four weeks.

Once that target is achieved, Singapore is set to resume large gatherings and major events with no restrictions other than contact tracing and rapid testing.

Travel would also be opened up to countries that have also controlled the virus to a similar degree.

“History has shown that every pandemic will run its course,” they said.

“We must harness all our energy, resources and creativity to transit as quickly as we can to the desired end-state.”