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Singapore’s Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan has spoken about the “epidemic management” strategies employed in the country and the sharp second-wave outbreak of the deadly COVID-19 pandemic in the nation.
“The human being remains at the centre of this entire process,” Dr Balakrishnan said.
He said the country has aimed to “avoid this dichotomy” between a “completely centraliased and a completely decentralised” approach to tacking this pandemic.
Dr Balakrishnan also spoke of Singapore’s COVID-19 tracing app, which has been available since March.
Roughly 20 per cent of the country’s population have reportedly downloaded the app.
“We work a hybrid system, based on public support, keeping public trust and maintaining privacy”.
“I think it’s very important to have those features because otherwise contact tracing will not work”.
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