Tag: Covid-19 pandemic

Infectious disease expert says countries should follow what Singapore has done in fighting Covid-19

Singapore—According to Dale Fisher, an infectious disease expert who is also the chair of the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, countries would do well to not only look to Singapore as an example of what to do amid the...

Singapore researchers estimate 10% of new Covid-19 infections may be started by seemingly healthy people

Singapore—New research from Singapore is showing that some Covod-19 infections may be started by people who show no symptoms of the disease at all. One out of 10 new infections may be spread this way. In the light of these new findings, the United States’...

Children are not immune to Covid-19: 3 children die from the virus, including 6 week-old baby

A six-week-old infant recently died of Covid-19, possibly the youngest fatality in the coronavirus pandemic, which has now spread across the world. Almost one million people have been infected with the novel coronavirus, which started in Wuhan, a city in central China, late last...

Malaysia takes down PSA posters telling women to speak like Doraemon to avoid conflict during MCO

Kuala Lumpur — Posters advising wives how to act during the movement control order (MCO) in Malaysia raised a hue and cry from women’s rights groups, as well ridicule online from many others. This prompted an apology from the Women’s Development Department, which released a...

Government officials’ pay cut may be in the region of S$7.6M

Singapore—As a show of solidarity with Singaporeans who are experiencing economic loss due to the coronavirus pandemic, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced that political office holders will be taking a pay cut not once but twice. On February 28, Mr Heng announced...

In the Covid-19 pandemic, ventilators are the ‘deciders between life and death’

Singapore—Around five percent of all Covid-19 cases will be so severe that patients will be needing mechanical ventilators in order to breathe. While that percentage may seem small, given the large, and rising, number of novel coronavirus patients today, it’s no wonder that country...

Singaporean backpacker makes it home from Europe, with a lot of help

A Singaporean backpacker who was stuck in Europe because of travel restrictions from the Covid-19 pandemic has been able to make it back home because of the coordinated efforts of various parties. They include former Nominated Member of Parliament Calvin Cheng, Parliamentary Secretary (Home Affairs) Amrin...

Temasek to support Singapore Airlines amid economic crunch due to Covid-19 pandemic

Singapore—The country’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister, Heng Swee Keat, announced that Singapore Airlines (SIA) is considering corporate action as it deals with the economic fallout from the current coronavirus pandemic that has affected the globe. This action will be supported by state-investment fund...

“This could be their very last party. Is this worth it?” Netizens blast last-minute revellers

Singapore—Dozens of people came out for one last night of partying before Singapore shut down its night spots for over a month. The partygoers, mostly in their late teens and twenties, flocked to their favorite places before they are temporarily shuttered from 11:59 pm...

While some sympathise with Lawrence Wong, others call his tears in Parliament ‘wayang’

Singapore—Speaking in Parliament on Wednesday (Mar 25), National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force assigned to tackle the various issues stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic, could barely hold in his emotions as he endeavoured to express gratitude to those on...