（Singapore, May 20, 2020）Although the circuit breaker has limited the spread of Covid-19, Singapore cannot revert to the status quo ante, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said today.
Commenting after the Government outlined post circuit breaker plans, Lee said in a Facebook post that people have to get used to a new normal, as returning to the previous state of affairs is not possible.
“(The) battle against Covid-19 is far from over. That is why we are reopening in gradual phases, with (food and beverage) dine-ins only allowed after we are confident that community transmission will stay low,” he said.
“We have seen other countries that have opened up experiencing a resurgence of cases. All it takes is a single infected person to create a new cluster.”
Recent reports say that Germany, South Korea, and China have seen a resurgence in virus cases after they lifted some lockdown measures.
Lee added: “We cannot stay closed forever, so we have to get used to a new normal, adjusting our routines to live and work safely despite this global pandemic.”
Officials said earlier that until a vaccine or treatment is found, people will not be able to return to what they were used to pre-coronavirus.
Governments across the world are experimenting with ways to balance the restarting of their economies, the restoration of social interactions and health, and the aim of keeping community transmission low.
Mr Lee added: “We cannot stay closed forever, so we have to get used to a new normal, adjusting our routines to live and work safely despite this global pandemic.”