SINGAPORE: Two more staff members of Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and six patients who were in Ward 9D have tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total number of cases in this COVID-19 cluster to nine. They are linked to the nurse who was confirmed as a COVID-19 case on Wednesday. The two staff members who tested positive are a 30-year-old doctor and an 18-year-old healthcare assistant trainee. All the patients who tested positive are Singaporeans. Most of them are elderly, with the oldest being 94 years old. This is Singapore's first COVID-19 hospital cluster and the largest active cluster currently. In addition to Ward 9D, TTSH has now locked down Ward 7D as one of the COVID-19 cases had transferred from there. "All close contacts of the cases, including patients, visitors and staff who have been in the affected wards, will also be placed on quarantine," said the Ministry of Health (MOH). READ: Tan Tock Seng Hospital to redirect some A&E cases to ... » Learn More about Second ward in Tan Tock Seng Hospital locked down; 2 more staff members, 6 patients positive for COVID-19
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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
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: How the tides have turned. Only a month ago, Singapore had just relaxed its COVID-19 restrictions, allowing more to return to offices and attend events. Crowds were thronging shopping malls and attractions. Plans were made for staycations and gatherings. Masks were more often worn revealing noses. Call it COVID-19 fatigue, the setting in of complacency in our safety measures of mandatory mask-wearing and venue-capacity controls, we were all happy to have some semblance of normalcy as Singapore reopened. Then on Apr 29, what a shock. The reported locally transmitted cases in Singapore leapt to 16. After being used to zero or low single-digit daily community cases for what seemed like the longest time, we all felt unsettled. We went about our daily lives wondering if this could be a blip and if the cases might just peter out in the next few days. They didn't. READ: Commentary: Worries over rising COVID-19 cases are fuelling racially charged comments ... » Learn More about Commentary: Five pandemic lessons we have learnt that should tide us over any surge in cases
SINGAPORE: Nineteen community cases were among 31 new COVID-19 infections reported in Singapore as of noon on Saturday (May 15), said the Ministry of Health (MOH). This comes after two consecutive days of 24 new community cases each on Thursday and Friday. Seventeen of Saturday's new community cases were linked to previous cases, of which 11 had already been placed on quarantine earlier. Two cases are currently unlinked. READ: Timeline: How a COVID-19 cluster emerged at Learning Point tuition centre 3 MORE CASES LINKED TO LEARNING POINT TUTOR Three more cases have been linked to a Learning Point tutor, said MOH in an update early on Sunday. The cluster now has a total of nine infections. The first case is a 41-year-old Singaporean who works in sales at Aero Light. He is a family member and household contact of an eight-year-old Kong Hwa School student who previously tested positive. The other two cases are a pair of siblings, aged eight and 12. They are students at ... » Learn More about 19 new community cases in Singapore, including 8 linked to Changi Airport cluster
SINGAPORE: Twenty-one COVID-19 community cases were reported in Singapore as of noon on Monday (May 17), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said. Ten cases were linked to previous infections, while 11 had no links to other cases. Six of the 21 cases had been placed on quarantine earlier, said the ministry. There were also seven imported cases, who had already been placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore. Including the imported cases, Singapore reported a total of 28 infections. No new infections were reported in foreign workers' dormitories. NEW CLUSTER LINKED TO MARINA BAY SANDS CASINO DEALER A new cluster linked to Case 63317, a 36-year-old male Malaysian man who works as a dealer at Marina Bay Sands Casino, has been identified. One of the new community cases, Case 63350, is a 34-year-old Malaysian who is currently unemployed and was detected through surveillance. He is a household contact of Case 63317. He developed a fever and a cough on May 12, and ... » Learn More about 21 new community COVID-19 cases in Singapore; new cluster linked to Marina Bay Sands Casino dealer
SINGAPORE: About 20 COVID-19 cases at Changi Airport were "quite congregated" around one zone - an area that receives travellers from higher-risk regions, including South Asia, said Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung on Friday (May 14). Speaking at a multi-ministry task force press conference, Mr Ong said the airport has plotted the first 20-odd infections, and they were mostly from one zone. “This is the zone with a finger pier that receives higher-risk country arrivals, including (from) South Asia, and then the conveyor belt and immigration. So it’s that whole zone, and infections were all around that area,” said the minister. “That zone is our equivalent of Ward 9D, like Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). “And from that zone, workers go have their lunch, go have their meals at the Terminal 3 Basement 2 commercial areas and the food court, and we suspect from there, it transmitted to members of the public that visited the place.” Many of the COVID-19 cases in the TTSH cluster are ... » Learn More about First 20 Changi Airport COVID-19 cases from zone that receives arrivals from higher-risk countries: Ong Ye Kung
There are many names for what Singapore is going through at the moment. Circuit Breaker in all but name. Phase 2: The Empire Strikes Back. Déjà vu. A lockdown with Singaporean characteristics. Take your pick, but officially, it's known as Phase 2: Heightened Alert (P2HA), which resulted in at least one glorious meme, for those of us who spent endless hours playing "Command & Conquer: Red Alert" back in the day. Here's a handy comparison chart for what you can and cannot do during P2HA: Notice something? PH2A is much more "easy-going" as compared to the Circuit Breaker. Retail shops are open, you can buy 4D and Toto, and perhaps most important of all, bubble tea shops are open for takeaway orders (although some have closed ). Back on May 4, when now-Finance Minister and Covid-19 multi-ministry task force co-chair Lawrence Wong announced the latest measures, he said that the government is not ruling out the possibility of another Circuit Breaker. More ... » Learn More about Comment: Should S’pore do another Circuit Breaker? Maybe not.