Tag: Singapore’s response to COVID-19

PM Lee calls for a safe and steady transition to Phase 2

Singapore—As June 19 (Friday) approaches, (when Singapore enters Phase 2 of the lifting of circuit breaker restrictions), wherein more activities will be allowed, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong called for a safe and steady transition. He reminded Singaporeans on the importance of practising safe distancing...

SM Tharman: Amid Covid-19 fallout, “our first priority today is to save jobs”

Singapore — On Wednesday (June 17), Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for Social Policies Tharman Shanmugaratnam tackled the challenges Singaporeans are facing together today, in a speech on the theme, A Stronger And More Cohesive Society. His speech is the fifth in a series of...

President Halimah Yacob green lights funding S$33 billion worth of coronavirus support packages

Singapore—On Tuesday (June 16) President Halimah Yacob gave the go-signal for funding coronavirus support packages worth a total of S$33 billion. Of this amount, S$31b may come from the country’s reserves, according to straitstimes.com. Madam Halimah wrote in a Facebook post that she exercised her...

Lawrence Wong: We will need to live with Covid-19 for a long time to come

Singapore — National Development Minister Lawrence Wong has emphasised that Singapore, and indeed the rest of the world, will need to live with the presence of Covid-19 for a long time to come. He said this on Tuesday (June 9) in the second of a...

Lawrence Wong: For every symptomatic case in Singapore, there’s at least one asymptomatic case

Singapore — National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force on Covid-19 with Health Minister Gan Kim Yong, has said that half of the Covid-19 cases in Singapore have no symptoms of the illness. This is why the country's approach to...

Lawrence Wong: Economy could fully reopen sooner than expected

Singapore — If no surge in Covid-19 cases occurs after circuit breaker restrictions begin to be lifted on June 2, the country's economy could fully reopen sooner than expected, according to National Development Minister Lawrence Wong. Mr Wong, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force on...

Chua Beng Huat: Surveillance is a habit of our state, now becoming normalized due to Covid-19

Singapore—Sociology Professor Chua Beng Huat warned that today’s exceptional conditions under the coronavirus pandemic may be becoming part of the norm, especially in terms of government surveillance of the public. Speaking in an online forum organised by Singapore Policy Journal and CAPE (Community for Advocacy...

Lawrence Wong: Cautious steps out of CB because virus is still around

Singapore — National Development Minister Lawrence Wong took to Facebook on Monday  (May 25) to explain why the country will be taking cautious steps out of circuit breaker restrictions. He acknowledged that while the number of new community cases has gone down "significantly", the virus...

NUS’ Ben Leong’s rebuts Tan Meng Wah’s claims that SG gov’t mishandled Covid-19 crisis

Singapore—On Friday, Dr Tan Meng Wah, formerly from the Institute of Policy Studies, wrote a post on Facebook about how the 4G leaders mishandled the Covid-19 crisis from the beginning, which was then widely shared. Dr Tan, who is on the policy team of Progress Singapore...

Analyst: Hong Kong still “better bet” than Singapore despite protests & recession

Singapore—In an opinion piece in the South China Morning Post (SCMP), strategic analyst Peter G. de Krassel argues that despite the ongoing protests, recession and Covid-19 crisis in Hong Kong, the city is still a better alternative to Singapore. Months before the advent of the...