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Singapore to take 'step by step' approach on reopening border with Malaysia: Vivian Balakrishnan

Jun 24, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
SINGAPORE: Singapore is likely to take a "Step by step approach" on reopening its border with Malaysia, with measures in place to conduct COVID-19 tests and contact tracing, said Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishnan.

"We need to protect the public health of both Singapore and Malaysia, and we need to understand that the world's busiest land crossing is between Johor and Singapore ... so we have to work out a lot of details," he said.

Health authorities on both sides were also in close consultation, he said, adding that Singapore and Malaysia had also helped to get each other's citizens home from overseas during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Dr Balakrishnan added that Singapore took its responsibility seriously and treated migrant workers the way it treats its own citizens.

While Singapore has seen a high number of cases among the migrant worker community, its mortality rate from COVID-19 is very low, and this shows the quality of healthcare in Singapore, said Dr Balakrishnan.