Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tests positive for Covid-19 amid recent diplomatic trips

Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tests positive for Covid-19 amid recent diplomatic trips

Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong, 71, revealed that he tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday, May 22, after a series of diplomatic visits.

The Prime Minister took to Facebook to share a photo of the positive antigen rapid test he took that morning.

“I am generally feeling okay but my doctors have advised me to self-isolate until I am asymptomatic,” Mr Lee stated in his post.

He was prescribed Paxlovid, an oral antiviral medication, due to his age. Paxlovid is commonly used to treat mild to moderate Covid-19 in adults.

The Prime Minister noted that the positive Covid-19 result followed a series of work-related trips. His itinerary included an official visit to South Africa from  14 to 16 May, and a subsequent visit to Kenya from 17 to 19 May. Prior to these visits, he attended the 42nd Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit held in Labuan Bajo, Indonesia, from 10 to 11 May.

Despite his diagnosis, Mr Lee reminded the public about the importance of keeping their vaccinations up-to-date. He received his most recent Covid-19 vaccine booster in November.

“Please continue to keep your vaccinations up-to-date, as it reduces the risk of severe illness. As Covid-19 remains endemic in Singapore, we must continue to stay safe and healthy,” he urged his countrymen.

Despite naming Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong as his successor, Mr Lee has not specified when he will officially step down.

As speculation grows that the next General Election may be held this year, many are watching to see when Mr Wong will assume his new role as Prime Minister.

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