Singapore PM outlines plan to live with COVID

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has outlined his plans to pursue a strategy to live with the coronavirus despite a surge in so-called vaccine breakthrough infections in the country.

In a televised address on Saturday, Lee gave an update on the COVID-19 situation in Singapore and the "path to a new normal."

Singapore confirmed a record 3,590 new cases of the coronavirus a day earlier.

He said more than 98 percent of local cases have mild or no symptoms. He added, "With vaccination, COVID-19 is no longer a dangerous disease for most of us."

Lee said the government will no longer implement restrictions on economic and social activities, including lockdowns, and will instead employ a strategy of "Living with COVID-19."

Eighty-three percent of Singapore's population has been fully vaccinated.

But the country has recently seen many cases of breakthrough infections.

The government has reinforced coronavirus restrictions again since late September. It had eased them in August.