Some rich nations are starting to predict that the virus is not going to go away despite the great progress we made in producing and distributing vaccines. Singapore and the UK have approached this pandemic very differently and received very different outcomes. They both may agree that the virus is not going to disappear anytime soon, but they have different approaches on how to cope and live together with the virus.
CNN writes, “While the UK has one of the highest numbers of Covid-19 related deaths in the world — nearly 129,000 since the pandemic started — only 36 people have died of Covid-19 in Singapore. For every 100,000 of the population in the UK, there have been 192.64 Covid-19 deaths in the UK. This goes down to 0.63 in Singapore, according to Johns Hopkins University data”. This shows the different outcomes of different approaches, where the UK was slow at setting up COVID-19 mandates while Singapore was quick to form a social bubble from the rest of the world.
Singapore is looking ahead in the future and trying to imagine what the “new normal” would be like. They hope that COVID-19 will be treated as a less serious illness like the flu or chicken pox. Similarly, the UK Prime Minister Boris Hohnson predicted that the virus would become something we live with, like the flu. He also announced plans to lift up all COVID-19 mandates. However, the downside is that the COVID019 cases in the UK have been rising at the same time “normal life” resumed. After seeing this result, Johnson postponed the “Freedom Day” for the UK.
Singapore has faced very little public opposition in their roadmap of the COVID-19 crisis. This is mainly because they have high levels of trust in their government which has helped keep Singapore’s cases a low number. According to CNN, “Singapore’s authorities are working on the basis that Covid-19 will go from being a pandemic to being endemic among its population — it will still circulate, but at a very low rate”. In summary, both Singapore and the UK envision that COVID-19 will not disappear, but instead become a less serious disease.