Tag: COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore

Morning brief: Covid-19 update for April 18, 2020

As of 9 am, April 18, 2020: World count There are now 2,224,426 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 worldwide. The United States has the highest number of cases, with 705,112 infections, followed by Spain (190,859) and Italy (172,431). There have been 153,177 deaths worldwide. The US, again, is on...

Josephine Teo explains 3-pronged approach to containing coronavirus outbreak in foreign workers’ dormitories

Singapore—Manpower Minister Josephine Teo took to Facebook to outline what MOM is doing to address the issue of the Covid-19 outbreak in foreign workers’ dormitories. Among the country’s 4,427 confirmed coronavirus cases, around 60 percent, or 2,689, are migrant workers. Moreover, 19 out of the...

Masagos Zulkifli says it is a “good sign” that only 50 people caught without masks on 10th day of Circuit Breaker

Singapore—The country’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Masagos Zulkifli, called it “a good sign” that only 50 people were found out and about in Singapore without face masks on Day 10 of the 28-day circuit break period on Thursday (Apr 16). The Minister...

Covid-19 outbreak in foreign workers’ dorms, most Singaporeans show compassion with a few exceptions

Singapore—On the Facebook page “The Straits Times Comment Section,” which is not connected to The Straits Times (ST), a post about the lack of empathy of some Singaporeans toward foreign workers got so much attention that netizens looked up the original ST post on...

Writer Sudhir T Vadaketh speaks about Singapore’s attitude towards migrant workers in “Twilight of the elites, SG edition”

Singapore—While the rapid rise in coronavirus cases among foreign workers, as well as their poor and overcrowded living conditions, have been much in the news, another trend has emerged as well, the attitude of many Singaporeans toward these workers. Writer Sudhir Thomas Vadaketh, who often...

Expect circuit breakers in Singapore every 3-4 months until Covid-19 vaccine available—experts

Singapore—Experts say that Singapore may be looking at ‘Circuit Breakers’ every three to four months until a Covid-19 vaccine has been developed. This long-term tactic may need to be in place to protect the country’s healthcare system from becoming overwhelmed. According to the dean...

Real lessons from Covid-19: Singaporeans must embrace diversity—Donald Low

Singapore—Much has been written about how Singapore has become the world’s cautionary tale, and how the “gold standard” of how to tackle the crisis has lost its shine due to a steep rise in coronavirus cases among the country’s foreign workers. Commenting on this, Donald...

Morning brief: Covid-19 update for April 16, 2020

As of 8 am, April 16, 2020: World count breaches 2 million There are now 2,047,731 confirmed cases of the Covid-19 worldwide. The United States accounts for more than one quarter of those cases, with 639,415 infections, followed by Spain (180,659) and Italy (165,155).  There have been 133,354 deaths...

How Singapore became the world’s coronavirus cautionary tale

Singapore—From receiving praise for being the ‘gold standard’ to sounding alarm bells over the rising number of confirmed coronavirus cases among foreign workers has been Singapore’s trajectory over the last few weeks. And while  countries around the world are itching to relax their lockdown...

Circuit breaker could be extended if necessary, says Gan Kim Yong

Singaporeans could face an extension, if necessary, of circuit breaker restrictions beyond May 4, when they were originally supposed to end, and for some social distancing measures to remain at the end of the circuit breaker. This scenario was mentioned at a virtual press conference...