Singapore is trying not to strain its hospitals, stabilise its healthcare system, and increase its capacity as Covid-19 cases continue to be high, finance minister Lawrence Wong said in an interview with Haslinda Amin from Bloomberg on Sep. 27. Wong reiterated that Singapore's overall strategy has not changed as the country is committed to reopening the economy, but doing so by preventing avoidable deaths and without stressing the healthcare system. However, this latest wave of Covid-19 cases in the thousands each day has applied pressure on healthcare workers and the resources available. Labelling the current one-month restrictions as "temporary", Wong said: "The reason why we had to do these temporary restrictions now – it was a very difficult decision, but we felt that we had to do it, because our healthcare system and our healthcare workers are truly facing tremendous pressures and stresses during this latest wave of cases." Preparing for 5,000 cases daily And ... » Learn More about S’pore preparing healthcare system to cope with 5,000 daily Covid-19 cases: Lawrence Wong
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There’s been an increase of Covid-19 cases in Singapore over the past few weeks. Daily numbers were hitting at least 1,000 in the past week. Since Saturday Sept 18, home recovery has been extended to those up to 69 years old who test positive for Covid-19. Home recovery is now the default care for those who meet the following criteria: Fully vaccinated Aged 12 to 69 years old Have no or mild symptoms Have no severe diseases or comorbidities Doesn’t have household members over 80 years old, or in vulnerable groups, including those who are pregnant, immunocompromised or have multiple comorbidities Can isolate in a room, preferably with an attached bathroom (which usually is the master bedroom) They’ll be assessed by a doctor via telemedicine and contacted by a Home Recovery Buddy on the home recovery procedure. At the same time, household members will need to register themselves as close contacts to get a quarantine order. They’ll also need to take a PCR test at a ... » Learn More about How to prepare your family and stay isolated for Covid-19 recovery at home
War memorial days around the world are solemn celebrations, recognizing the efforts of those who've fought in bloody conflicts. Men and women are revered as valiant heroes who risked their own lives so that others could live freely. Monuments are laden with flowers, candles, and other offerings, while civilians wear red poppies on their lapels to honor the fallen. Veterans walk around wearing their medals. These rituals help people remember not just the wounds of war, but also the stories of courage, strength, and the human spirit. September 21 is a day of remembrance in the Philippines . But instead of centering the narrative on the people, we focus on this painful event in our history, which in turn keeps a criminal’s name in our collective consciousness. It is a difficult thing to unpack because justice was never served. With the number of unresolved cases and the practice of impunity rampant in the country, it is difficult to see past that and recognize the strength and ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Are we remembering the wrong thing?