Singapore entered a "circuit breaker" period on Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2020. During this period, Singaporeans have been advised to stay at home as much as possible. A new law (The Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020) has also just been passed in Parliament on Tuesday that bans all gatherings with family or friends who do not live together. Gatherings are banned at home, and in public spaces like HDB void decks and parks. However, individuals can still visit family members for assistance with their daily needs , such as caring for elderly parents or informal childcare arrangements, MOH clarified in the evening of Apr. 7, in response to media queries. Detailed regulations under the new law There have also been a lot of questions about this new law, called the "Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020", which if you'd like, you can read in full on the government gazette on Apr. 7. But if you are lazy, here's a quick rundown of what the rules ... » Learn More about Covid-19 in S’pore: What am I allowed to leave the house for during the circuit breaker period?
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg If the realisation that 2022 is just three months away scares the living hell out of you, you're not alone. Most of us are still processing 2020. Covid-19 not only kills, it also takes a toll on mental health. Covid-19 has a way of making the walls close in. Restrictions affect socialising, whether you're at work or trying to relax with friends and family. And when restrictions come so close on the heels of easing up, it creates a special kind of agony . How fast should Singapore open up? Or in more recent parlance, should Singapore "trot" or "gallop"? If you're wondering what horses have to do with anything (besides masquerading as a fake "cure" for Covid-19), I'm referring to this post made by Ho Ching, outgoing CEO of Temasek Holdings and wife of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Ho was referring to the number of Covid cases, but "trot" and "gallop" could also refer to whether Singapore ... » Learn More about Should S’pore have another lockdown because of a Covid-19 ‘surge’? Let’s keep things in perspective.
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg During the Multi-Ministry Taskforce press conference on Sep. 10, the MTF co-chairs shared more about the current Covid-19 situation and explained the approach to transiting into a Covid-19 resilient nation. Since the last MTF press conference, the Taskforce has observed a doubling of daily new local cases to 450 as of yesterday. This sharp rate of increase is "worrying", Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong said. Daily new cases to hit 1,000 soon Gan added that the government wants to be sure that the number of Covid-19 cases does not suddenly spike, leading to the healthcare system getting overwhelmed as a result. Both Minister for Health Ong Ye Kung and Minister for Finance Lawrence Wong said that while the increase in cases did not come as a surprise, the increase has happened faster than what the Taskforce has expected. Wong said: "Very soon we will reach 1,000 new cases a ... » Learn More about S’pore will hit 1,000 new Covid-19 cases daily soon, next 2 to 4 weeks crucial: MTF co-chairs
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg 15 Singaporeans gathered for a birthday party at a Jurong warehouse last June during Phase 1. 14 males and one female, aged between 21 and 27, were involved. 12 pleaded guilty and were fined 12 were fined on Jan. 27 after pleading guilty to one count of meeting each other for a social purpose without reasonable excuse. For hosting the gathering and extending invites to three other people to the party, Frederick Ng Jun Ming, 27, was given the heaviest fine of S$3,500. Three others were fined S$2,500 as they too invited others to the party. They are Ho Yuan Liang, 25, Brandon Chew Chng Hwee, 24, Dexter Low Yong De, 22. The rest who attended the party were fined S$2,000 each. They are Melvinden Balakrishnan, 25, Darryl Lim Zong Han, 23, Tang Guan Rui Daryl, 25, How Yu Sheng, 24, Chia Shuo Hong, 23, Dylan Tan Zhan Yi, 22, Tham Yuan Feng, Rayson, 22, Khoo Li Pei, Felicia, 25. Deputy Public ... » Learn More about 12 S’poreans, aged 22-27, fined S$2,000-S$3,500 for gathering at birthday party in Jurong during Phase 1
Over 140,000 employers will receive payouts totalling over S$5.5 billion from October 29, 2020 under the Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) to subsidise the wages of about 1.9 million local employees from June to August. With this payout, over $21.5 billion of JSS support would have been disbursed. Employers will receive support for wages paid in June, July, and August 2020, based on their respective support tiers. The tiers are as follows: Employers in the aviation, tourism, and built environment sectors will receive 75 per cent support. Those in the food services, retail, arts and entertainment, land transport, and marine and offshore will receive 50 per cent support. Employers in all other sectors will receive 25 per cent support. In addition, for firms in industries that were not allowed to resume on-site operations after the Circuit Breaker, support levels will be topped up to 75 per cent for the period that they were not allowed to resume operations. Eligible ... » Learn More about S$5.5 billion to be distributed among 140,000 employers to subsidise wages from June to August
Nestled in a narrow alleyway between the Alsagoff Arab School and a bright yellow shophouse is what appears to be a small shanty structure. It is at this open-air spot where Tan Boon Kee, better known as Uncle Tan to friends and customers, plies his trade of giving haircuts five days a week. Going down to take a look at the humble space, I stumbled across Tan (the location of his shop on Google Maps was not very precise) sitting casually in one of the red plastic chairs lined up in front of the wall, watching a video on his mobile phone. He peered owlishly and a tad warily at me. I wasn't exactly the slightly older clientele he had gotten used to over the years. After some hesitation, Tan eventually acquiesced to my request for a few questions, and motioned for me to take a seat beside him — thereafter which he proceeded to share more about his trade. Never thought of moving elsewhere For someone who has had her haircuts at various air-conditioned salons her ... » Learn More about S’pore’s last street barber, 75, still offers S$6 haircuts & shaves in Bugis
A SingHealth Polyclinics director who helped to launch the government healthcare system's first 24-hour prescription collection service has died of leukaemia after suffering a relapse this year. She was 44 years old. Dr Agnes Koong was the director of Marine Parade Polyclinic in 2016, where she oversaw the launch of Prescription in a Locker Box, also known as Pilbox. The service was set up so that patients, especially the elderly, who required urgent medication could pick up their drugs after hours. Koong later took up the position of Director, Community Health, at SingHealth Polyclinics. According to Lianhe Wanbao , Koong was diagnosed with leukaemia during the circuit breaker period last year and underwent a bone marrow transplant. However, she suffered a relapse this year. She died on Monday (Sept 6), leaving behind her husband Simon Leong and their three children, her parents, and a sister. The couple's three young children — one boy and two girls — are aged 11 to 15. ... » Learn More about SingHealth doctor, 44, dies from leukaemia: She wanted to write letters to her 3 kids for every growing-up year she’d miss
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg "You want [a] cappuccino, right?" Calvert Tay asks his father Zheng Geping while simultaneously adding it to the virtual order. It doesn't take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that they're a close pair, given how well Tay knows how his old man likes his cup of coffee. Just when I thought I'd get a straight answer when I asked who the 21-year-old is closer to — mom or dad — he let out a peal of sheepish laughter and gave me a politically correct answer. "It depends on the situation that we are in," he carefully said. A safe response, especially since his father was sitting right next to him. Many shared interests with dad Zheng, 57, let on that the father-son duo have a shared interest in collecting replica swords and katanas. "We have a whole collection of 'The Lord of The Rings' swords. That's our prized possession," Tay chimed in. If you're wondering what his wife, fellow actress ... » Learn More about Zheng Geping brought son Calvert Tay to gym at 17 after an overweight childhood
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates on Covid-19: https://t.me/mothershipsg A SingHealth Polyclinics director, who helped to launch Singapore's first 24-hour prescription collection service (" Prescription in a Locker Box ", or "Pilbox"), passed away on Sep. 6, 2021, after a year-long battle with leukaemia. Agnes Koong Ying Leng, 44, had served as director of Marine Parade Polyclinic for eight years, where she set up "Pilbox" so that patients with repeat medication, such as the elderly, could easily pick up their prescriptions at any time. In 2019, Koong had taken up the mantle of Community Health Director at SingHealth Polyclinics. Relapse Speaking to Lianhe Wanbao , Koong's husband, Simon Leong, shared that Koong had first been diagnosed with leukaemia during circuit breaker last year. She had undergone a bone marrow transplant, but suffered a relapse this year. According to Leong, Koong decided to stop chemotherapy treatment in early August ... » Learn More about SingHealth doctor, 44, dies from leukaemia, wanted to write letters for her 3 children for every growing-up year she’d miss
SINGAPORE - Freelance writer Sng Ler Jun has been taking on more writing assignments since March to earn extra money for his family and himself. His 55-year-old mother was retrenched from a part-time job as a food promoter in February and his father, a 59-year-old taxi driver, has seen earnings fall since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. As a result, the 24-year-old, who is doing a communications degree from the University at Buffalo at the Singapore Institute of Management, said he feels "pressured to work harder". The worry of finding a stable job after he graduates in December keeps him up at night. "I'm doing unpaid writing work to beef up my resume so it'll help in my job hunt," said Mr Sng, who is an only child. Still, he feels "plagued by the uncertainty" as he does not know when the economy will improve. "It's demoralising thinking about it and I feel burned out." Because of this, his mood and energy has been low and he no longer enjoys the walks he used to take ... » Learn More about Singaporeans feeling burned out due to Covid-19 and ways you can battle pandemic fatigue