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Saving lives and livelihoods while shaping up for the future

For Singapore - even without a full shutdown of daily life and activity - the "unprecedented crisis", the "most a generation", will result in economic contraction that will likely be the country's worst since independence, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday. And that's the toll in just economic terms alone.

THE dire need to safeguard lives - and livelihoods - as countries the world over battle the coronavirus is, as a McKinsey analysis puts it, the imperative of our time.

Never in modern history have countries gone into lockdowns, with businesses being shuttered and entire populations told...