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?
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SINGAPORE: As Singapore experiences a rise in COVID-19 community cases, pandemic fatigue could be a concern as the country once again tightens its COVID-19 measures to address the spike in infections. On Sunday (May 16), Singapore confirmed 38 COVID-19 infections in the community - the highest number of community cases in more than a year - with 15 active COVID-19 clusters. Last week the Ministry of Health announced that Singapore would go into what it dubbed as "Phase 2 (Heightened Alert)" from May 16 through Jun 13, with gatherings restricted to groups of two and working from home becoming the default for workers here. All primary and secondary schools, as well as junior colleges and Millennia Institute also shifted to full home-based learning from May 19 , after several primary school students tested positive for COVID-19. As the situation in Singapore becomes more challenging almost a year after the country exited from its “circuit breaker” period, how might ... » Learn More about Guarding against pandemic fatigue in Singapore’s COVID-19 fight
SINGAPORE: All primary and secondary schools, as well as junior colleges and Millennia Institute, will shift to full home-based learning from Wednesday (May 19) until the end of the term on May 28, amid a rise in COVID-19 cases in Singapore. This also applies to students from special education schools. Announcing the decision on Sunday, Minister for Education Chan Chun Sing said authorities understand that the shift to full home-based learning "may cause anxiety in some parents". "But we want to assure all parents and students that MOE (Ministry of Education) will continue to extend our help and our fullest support to the schools, the teachers and the parents who require additional help to make these adjustments," he said. “And we also want to put in place measures to continue to minimise the disruptions to the learning of our students.” The decision comes after several primary school students tested positive for COVID-19 in recent days, with most of the infections linked ... » Learn More about COVID-19: Primary, secondary schools and JCs to move to full home-based learning from May 19