Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong tested positive for Covid

Lee Hsien Loong, Prime Minister of Singapore, said on Monday he had tested positive for Covid-19 after returning recently from state visits to South Africa and Kenya.

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Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has tested positive for Covid-19, days after returning from official visits to South Africa and Kenya.

“I generally feel fine but my doctors have advised me to self-isolate until I am asymptomatic,” Lee said in a Facebook post Monday. “They also prescribed me Paxlovid, an antiviral drug, because of my age.”

Lee, 71, has been prime minister of the Southeast Asian city-state since 2004. He was in South Africa and Kenya from May 14 to 19, according to Singapore’s foreign ministry.

Singapore is emerging from an April spike in Covid-19 infections.

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on May 9 that only around half of Singaporeans aged 60 and over were up to date with their Covid-19 vaccinations, down from 58% at the start of 2023.

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