Breaking: Schools Finally Reopened
Pupils wearing face masks returned to school in Singapore on Tuesday and some workplaces re-opened as coronavirus restrictions were eased in the hard-hit city-state.
Singapore initially kept infections low through a strict regime of testing and contact-tracing, only for major outbreaks to emerge from crowded dormitories housing low-paid foreign workers.
The country has recorded over 35,000 cases – the highest official tally in Southeast Asia – with the vast majority among workers from the dorms. The death toll stands at 24.
Pupils had their temperatures checked as they arrived at one pre-school following the lengthy break.
Cheryl Chan, who was dropping off her five-year-old son, said he was “super-excited”.
“He woke up early in the morning telling me ‘Mama it’s time for me to brush my teeth and go to school’,” she said.
Chan said she felt “happy, definitely, a little relieved as well” by the loosening of restrictions.