9.10pm Mr Lee concludes his speech
COVID-19 will not be Singapores last crisis, and it will encounter more trials in the road ahead.
We will be tested again, sometimes severely, he says.
Each generation will wonder, as their parents and grandparents did: Will we survive? Will Singapore prevail? Will Singaporeans stay together as one people?
My answer? We have done it before, we will do it again.
9.08pm Things to be proud of
As a country, Singapore has many strengths to be proud of, says Mr Lee. This includes its healthcare system, civil service, public infrastructure and national reserves.
But our greatest strength is our people united and resilient, steadfast and resourceful, in good times and bad, he adds.
He mentions Olympian and nurse Joan Poh, who took part in the recent Tokyo Olympics. Ms Poh, who is a nurse at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, returned to work and compromised her training when COVID-19 hit.
She never gave up her dream to be an Olympian, says Mr Lee.
She said: When Im at work, Im 100 per cent a nurse. When Im at training, Im 100 per cent a rower. Joan, you represent the best of being a Singaporean.