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Singapore votes amid virus backdrop

Voting is under way in Singapore’s general election, under the cloud of the virus and its economic fallout.

The city state is one of a handful of countries to hold a vote during the pandemic so far.

Strict safety measures are in place, with voters wearing gloves and masks, and given timed voting slots.

Singapore has been one of the worst-hit countries in the Asia Pacific region, with more than 45,000 cases.

The country has been ruled by the same party since independence – the People’s Action Party (PAP) – and it is widely expected to retain power.