Tag: Lawrence Wong

S’pore to develop local manufacturing capabilities to produce face masks

Singapore - The Ministry of National Development (MND) in answering the Covid-19-related questions from a Member of Parliament, noted that the country is strengthening its supply chain resilience and considering manufacturing face masks locally. On February 18, Tuesday, the MND provided a written reply to...

Lawrence Wong explains how Covid-19 is more like H1N1 than SARS

Singapore—Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong explained on February 14 (Friday) that the current coronavirus outbreak, Covid-19, is more similar to 2009’s H1N1 or swine flu than to 2003’s SARS. Numbers-wise, of the 238 people who contracted SARS, 33 died, while with H1N1, of the...

After Lawrence Wong announces ‘strong package’ in Budget 2020, netizens respond with wishlist

Singapore—On Tuesday, (Feb 11), Lawrence Wong, Minister for National Development, announced that the Government is preparing a “strong package” to include in this year’s national Budget in recognition of the economic impact that the Covid-19 virus will have on individuals and businesses. In response to...

Covid-19 outbreak: Health Minister Gan Kim Yong tells public to prepare for some fatalities

Singapore— Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong says that the public needs to prepare for some who are infected with the Novel coronavirus (Covid-19) to “succumb to the infection.” The Ministry of Health announced in its latest update that there are currently 50 confirmed cases...

14-day leave of absence mandatory for all workers returning from China

SINGAPORE — National Development Minister Lawrence Wong announced on Thursday (Feb 6) that all workers returning to Singapore from China are being mandated to take a 14-day leave of absence (LOA) upon their return. Employers are being asked to coordinate with the Ministry of...

Wuhan virus: Main lines of defence are strengthening of border controls and detection of cases

SINGAPORE — Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong spoke in Parliament on Monday (Feb 3) about Singapore's two main lines of defence against the further spread of the Wuhan virus. They are (1) strengthening of Singapore's border controls, and (2) detection and isolation of infected...

New travel restrictions: visitors with recent travel history to China not allowed into SG

SINGAPORE — On Friday (Jan 31), Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong announced that all visitors to Singapore who have also travelled to China within the last 14 days will not be allowed into or even transit through Singapore. This and other new travel...

Govt will foot hospital bills for locals who have contracted the coronavirus

Singapore—The Ministry of Health (MOH) has said that the government of Singapore will be paying for all local cases of suspected and confirmed Wuhan coronavirus. This applies to both residents and visitors to the country, since the virus is still an emerging disease. Aside from...

Gov’t to distribute 4 masks to every household in Singapore starting Feb 1

Singapore— National Development Minister Lawrence Wong announced on Thursday said (Jan 30) that every household in Singapore is to receive four surgical face masks. He said, “We are doing this to assure Singaporeans that every family will have access to masks if someone in your...

Lawrence Wong tells Singaporeans to be “psychologically prepared” for Wuhan outbreak

SINGAPORE — On Monday (Jan 27), National Development Minister Lawrence Wong likened the current Wuhan virus spread to the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) outbreak of 2003. Mr Wong noted that the Wuhan outbreak could possibly overtake SARS in severity and advised Singaporeans to be "psychologically...