SINGAPORE: The nine months of a pregnancy are often a period of great joy, anticipation and a fair share of trepidation. On top of all the worries and anxieties about becoming new parents, welcoming another life into the family, we also worry about the health of the mother and foetus. The pandemic has only heightened these worries, especially given that pregnant women are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 than non-pregnant women, and COVID-19 has been associated with an increased risk of pre-term birth, according to the World Health Organization. Getting vaccinated, therefore, is a priority for many. But while vaccination remains the best defence against COVID-19, the immediate benefit of vaccination depends on the local COVID-19 situation. READ: Commentary: Concerns over long-term side effects could hold back Singapore’s COVID-19 vaccination programme In regions experiencing high rates of infection, vaccination may seem a favourable choice as your risk of contracting ... » Learn More about Commentary: Without a vaccine, how can pregnant mothers protect themselves against COVID-19?
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SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed the nation on Monday (May 31), giving an update on the COVID-19 situation in Singapore and outlining the country’s strategies to reach "a new normal". This is the Prime Minister's full address in English. My fellow Singaporeans: For the last three weeks, we have been on Heightened Alert. We had discovered new clusters of COVID-19 infections. One cluster at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, and then another at Changi Airport. More cases soon followed. We also started seeing unlinked cases, implying community spread. So we had to step back from Phase 3. We went on Heightened Alert to reduce social interaction and new infections. Everyone has responded to cooperate on the measures we had to take. Offices, malls and the streets are all visibly quieter. Because of your support, the number of daily cases has come down. Barring another super-spreader or big cluster, we should be on track to bring this outbreak under control. We will ... » Learn More about In full: PM Lee’s address on the COVID-19 situation in Singapore
SINGAPORE: By now, most of us have probably obsessed over COVID-19 numbers for more than a year. We’re all stalkers of coronavirus statistics one way or another, thinking to ourselves that if we can just track and trace where each case came from, where there might be another cluster, we can keep ourselves safe. This geeky, pseudo-technocratic approach to problem-solving is pretty Singaporean. Perhaps we can’t help ourselves when a deluge of information seems to hold some vague promise of doing better at beating back this pandemic if we only applied some analysis and investigative skills. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t help. Spoiler alert two: But it doesn’t matter because not knowing creates unease. READ: Commentary: Malaysia’s coffers run dry as COVID-19 pandemic worsens CLUSTERS WITH NO INFO I was thinking about this when taking a more detailed look at the latest list of active COVID-19 clusters released by the Ministry of Health (MOH) this week. It had me wondering ... » Learn More about Commentary: Lack of info on COVID-19 cases can cause unnecessary anxiety