SINGAPORE: It has been about eight months since Dr Wong Choo Wai ended his volunteer stint taking care of COVID-19 patients at Singapore Expo, but the 50-year-old sometimes wakes up in panic, thinking that he has overslept and is late for work. The senior family physician is still reeling from his experience of working almost 24/7 from April to September last year - pulling 12-hour volunteering shifts at the community care facility, while also still running his two clinics and seeing his regular patients. Getting only three hours of sleep each day, Dr Wong said that there were days where he almost dozed off at work due to the mental and physical exhaustion. He recalled one particular night in early May last year when he and other volunteers saw patients coming into the facility up until around 4am the next morning. Usually, new cases would stop coming in by midnight. “The next day, we were all so zonked out because each one of us saw at least a few hundred patients for that ... » Learn More about The Big Read: Frontline healthcare workers pushed to limits by non-stop, never-ending COVID-19 fight
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SINGAPORE: It had been a tough year for Singapore. Then, as 2020 came to its close, it looked like the country could see a flicker of light at the end of the long COVID-19 tunnel with its transition on Dec 28 to Phase 3 of its reopening. And in the months that followed, the path to a post-pandemic normality looked to be fairly smooth, with community cases generally running to no more than a few a day. Plans for events which hadn't been possible for months started to gather pace. This was in spite of the pandemic continuing to rage worldwide, with a number of countries forced to introduce and then reintroduce measures to curb the spread of the raging virus. Singapore hadn't needed to. Then, very quickly, things changed. Clusters began to spring up, with one emerging at Tan Tock Seng Hospital - the first in a local hospital since the pandemic began. Community cases began to steadily increase. To tackle the spike, Singapore announced some tighter, targeted measures on May ... » Learn More about IN FOCUS: Tackling COVID-19 with targeted measures – the new normal for Singapore?
SINGAPORE: Two primary schools are conducting home-based learning on Friday (May 14) after COVID-19 cases were reported among its student population. According to notices seen by CNA, two students from Kong Hwa School and a student from St Andrew's Junior School tested positive for COVID-19. All the students were said to be "close contact(s) of another positive case not related to the school", according to the school notices. St Andrew's Junior School and Kong Hwa School confirmed with CNA that the two schools are conducting home-based learning for their students. CNA has reached out to them for more information. READ: Victoria Junior College to resume classes after students, staff test negative for COVID-19 Students will be on home-based learning on Friday, so as to allow the schools to clean and disinfect their premises, said the school notices. "Students and staff who were in close contact with the student(s) will be placed on Leave Of Absence or Quarantine ... » Learn More about 2 more primary schools conducting home-based learning after students test positive for COVID-19
SINGAPORE: An 18-year-old Victoria Junior College (VJC) student who tested positive for COVID-19 last week has been linked to the COVID-19 cluster at Changi Airport . The student - identified as Case 62941 - had visited the Kopitiam food court at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on the same day as two other cases, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (May 11). “Our epidemiological investigations have found that Case 62941 is linked to the Case 62873 cluster," MOH said. "She was likely to have been infected while she was at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on May 3." READ: Victoria Junior College student positive for COVID-19; more than 100 students, staff members quarantined STUDENT VISITED RAFFLES MEDICAL AND KOPITIAM AT TERMINAL 3 MOH said the student had been to Raffles Medical at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on Apr 23 and 30 and May 3. She also visited Kopitiam on May 3. The food court was frequented on May 3 by two other cases in the Changi Airport cluster. They ... » Learn More about VJC student who tested positive for COVID-19 is linked to Changi Airport cluster
With the onset of #MeToo movement, workplace harassment has become the centre of most online discussions on women’s rights and gender issues globally. However, there are other issues that concern young Singaporeans in relation to improving gender equality in our society. This is what I realised after spending my Saturday afternoon (Feb. 6) with over 70 young Singaporeans in a Zoom discussion called “Conversations on Singapore Women’s Development”. What concerned these participants the most can be classified into three categories broadly: 1) work-life harmony, 2) workplace harassment and 3) the lack of female representatives in the leadership or senior management positions. Working mothers have “two shifts” to juggle Maintaining work-life harmony is already not an easy feat for an unmarried person like me. Those with kids definitely have it even harder. I have witnessed how my colleague, who recently returned from maternity leave, has to juggle both work and caring for ... » Learn More about There’s still no gender equality at many S’pore workplaces: What I learnt from an online dialogue with over 70 young S’poreans