During Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong's national address on May 31, he laid out Singapore's plans to tackle Covid-19 as the months go on. Here's everything you need to know about Covid-19 test kits, the easing of restrictions from June 14 and more

This story was first published on May 31, 2021, and updated on June 14, 2021. 

Singapore is doing well in our fight against Covid-19, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a national address on Monday. He also announced that Singaporeans will now be able to purchase DIY Covid-19 test kits and that younger students will soon be able to get vaccinated starting from June 1.

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During the speech, Mr Lee began by thanking Singaporeans for their cooperation and added that Singapore is on track to bring the Covid-19 outbreak under control. He also said the current Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) measures may ease after June 13 as long as the situation continues to improve.

If you missed Mr Lee's speech, here's everything you need to know.

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DIY tests will soon be available

As Singapore ramps up its testing capabilities, Mr Lee announced that DIY Covid-19 tests will soon be available over the counter at pharmacies such as Guardian, Unity and Watsons. They will go on sale from June 16 and there will be an initial cap of 10 antigen rapid test (ART) kits per person to ensure that there are enough supplies for all. 

These tests can be done by people who are worried that they may have Covid-19 and will benefit groups of people such as frontline workers who may want to test themselves more frequently.

With these ART kits, which will likely sell for between $10 to $13 per test kit, you can get a Covid-19 test result in less than 20 minutes which will significantly aid Singapore's overall surveillance strategy.

Students will be able to be vaccinated

From Tuesday, vaccination bookings will be opened for students with priority given to graduating students who will be sitting their O-, N- and A-Levels this year as well as special needs students.

Following this, students above the ages of 12, including those in institutes of higher learning, will also be able to begin booking their vaccination slots. 

Mr Lee added that while the response from the elderly has been encouraging, there are still many who have yet to be vaccinated. To further encourage this group, they can now simply walk into any vaccination centre and get their jab on the spot without a booking. 

Mr Lee added that after students, Singapore will begin vaccinating adults aged 39 and younger. This will likely take place about mid-June.

“This group is quite large. Therefore, we will give the Singaporeans among them a two-week priority window to book your appointments first, before we open up generally to the rest who want to be vaccinated,” Mr Lee added.

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Covid-19 will be considered endemic

Mr Lee ended his speech by saying that Covid-19 is likely to not go away and “become endemic”. This means small outbreaks of Covid-19 will occur in Singapore from time to time too, Mr Lee said.

"The countries which are united, disciplined and put in place sensible safeguards, will be able to reopen their economies, reconnect to the rest of the world, grow and prosper," Mr Lee added.

He continued: "Singapore will be among these countries. More confident and resilient than before, and toughened by what we have overcome together and experienced together as one nation."​​​​​​​

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