CoVid-19 News 2021 Q1
March 30, 2021
Ships Start to Move in Canal After Ever Given Freed: Suez Update
The Ever Given was successfully refloated at about 4:30 a.m. local time in Egypt and the vessel is currently being secured, maritime services provider Inchcape Shipping Services said in an email. It followed a new attempt to dislodge the ship involving 10 tug boats, according to the Suez Canal Authority.
March 24, 2021
COVID-19: More employees may return to the workplace, split teams not required from Apr 5
SINGAPORE: More employees may return to the workplace from Apr 5 and split team arrangements will no longer be mandatory as Singapore eases some COVID-19 measures.
The country will shift from working-from-home as a default mode to a more “flexible and hybrid way” of working, announced co-chair of the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force Lawrence Wong on Wednesday (Mar 24).
March 19, 2021
Singapore needs to keep up COVID-19 safe measures until more people are vaccinated: Chief health scientist
SINGAPORE: Vaccination is being rolled out in Singapore but it has yet to achieve the coverage required, and safe management measures are still required to keep transmission of COVID-19 down, said chief health scientist Tan Chorh Chuan on Thursday (Mar 18) at a business webinar.
March 11, 2021
Singapore hasn’t given up on air travel bubble with Hong Kong, says minister
“The arrangement was supposed to begin last November but was postponed after Hong Kong reported a resurgence in new Covid-19 cases. A new launch date has not been set, but Ong said authorities from both sides have been in touch.”
March 5, 2021
Singapore’s COVID-19 cases cross 60,000 mark with 9 new imported infections
SINGAPORE: The number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore has crossed the 60,000 mark, with nine new cases reported as of noon on Friday (Mar 5).
All nine new cases were imported and had been placed on stay-home notice upon arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its preliminary daily update.
March 1, 2021
Co-Working Spaces Will See Resurgence, Says The Riveter CEO
Amy Nelson, founder, and CEO of The Riveter Inc., discusses the future of the co-working space landscape in a post-Covid world.
February 26, 2021
Phase 3 The New Normal will be till Vaccines Proven to be Effective, Safe Management Measures May Alter.
On Thursday (25 Feb), Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary said that Phase 3 will be the “new normal” until Covid-19 vaccines prove effective in preventing outbreaks.
Covid-19 Patient On Quarantine Didn’t Declare Symptoms, MOH Calls For Social Responsibility
On 15 Feb, 6 days into his quarantine, the man lost his sense of smell but did not report this to MOH.
5 days later, he developed a fever and decided to self-medicate. He once again failed to inform MOH about it.
February 19, 2021
72-year-old man in ICU following Covid-19 vaccination; no indication cardiac arrest was due to jab: MOH
SINGAPORE — A 72-year-old Singaporean man was admitted to intensive care at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) on Tuesday (Feb 16) night after suffering from cardiac arrest. The authorities stressed though, that there is no indication that it is related to the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine he had received earlier in the day.
In a news release on Thursday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said that it was alerted to the incident by TTSH on Wednesday.
February 15, 2021
Singapore Covid: Briton admits breaking quarantine to visit partner
“A Briton has pleaded guilty to breaking Singapore’s quarantine rules by leaving his hotel room to visit his fiancée.
Nigel Skea, 52, walked up an emergency staircase to spend the night with Agatha Maghesh Eyamalai, 39, in September. The couple are now married.
This is a classic tale of two lovers wanting to be together and trying to be as close as possible to each other, but breaching the law,” the couple’s lawyer S.S. Dhillon told the court.”
February 10, 2021
Singapore Airlines stewardess is fifth person on flight from UAE to test positive for Covid-19
SINGAPORE – A 41-year-old Singapore Airlines (SIA) cabin crew member who was on a turnaround flight to the United Arab Emirates is the fifth person on that aircraft to have tested positive for the coronavirus.
All five have also tested preliminarily positive for the more infectious B117 strain of the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday (Feb 9).
February 9, 2021
Singapore hospital apologises for mistake in Pfizer vaccine jab
February 2, 2021
Nurse Jailed for Breaking Quarantine to Get Bubble Tea in Singapore
The nurse reportedly informed her mother she lives with that she was supposed to stay indoors until April 4, 2020. But she left their home at least seven times, eventually contracting COVID-19. On March 23, Nurul went out to buy some bubble milk tea.
January 29, 2021
More than 113,000 people in Singapore receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine: MOH
SINGAPORE: More than 113,000 people have received the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in an update on Thursday (Jan 28). More than 50 have also received their second dose and completed the full vaccination regimen. The numbers are expected to go up in the coming weeks as vaccination operations continue, MOH said.
January 25, 2021
Singapore: Confidence levels in vaccines expected to rise; 44 Covid-19 cases, all imported
“There will be rising confidence amongst society and we expect that the take-up rates will then start to increase quite sharply,” he told a panel on boosting vaccine confidence at The Davos Agenda, a series of virtual sessions organised by the World Economic Forum (WEF).
January 22, 2021
Covid-19 in Singapore: A year on, recovered virus patient still can’t taste or smell
Ms Ong told The New Paper: “I was apologetic about the inconvenience I caused. But I was relieved that I didn’t infect anyone. “It has made me more cautious. I won’t be doing any visiting because I don’t need another ‘memorable’ Chinese New Year.”
A year on, she still avoids large crowds and even small gatherings, other than church services, and she keeps a diary of who she meets for contact tracing purposes.
She suffers from leftover Covid-19 symptoms such as loss of taste and smell but has learnt to live with it.
January 20, 2021
Singapore Air Trials Pre-Departure Covid Tests to Revive Travel
People flying from Singapore as well as those traveling to the city-state from Jakarta and Medan in Indonesia can take tests at clinics and get results within 36 hours. If negative, they can be used for travel, according to a statement from Collinson Group, which is working with Singapore Airlines on the program.
January 15, 2021
30 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 1 in the community
SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 30 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Friday (Jan 15), said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its preliminary daily update.
There is one locally transmitted case in the community. None were in foreign workers’ dormitories.
The remaining 29 cases are imported infections and were placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.
Details of the cases will be released on Friday night, said MOH.
January 11, 2021
42 new imported COVID-19 cases in Singapore, highest in more than 9 months
This is the highest number of imported infections reported in Singapore since Mar 23 last year.
There were no locally transmitted cases.
Of the new cases, 40 were asymptomatic.
January 08, 2021
PM Lee Hsien Loong receives first dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine
SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong received his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Friday (Jan 8), becoming the first member of Singapore’s Cabinet to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
Mr Lee received the jab along with Singapore General Hospital (SGH) staff at the official launch of vaccinations for healthcare workers.
January 05, 2021
Covid news – live: England’s third national lockdown to last until March, Gove says as schools shut again
In a televised address to the nation yesterday evening, the prime minister ordered the country to stay indoors other than for limited exceptions and bowed to controversy to order primary schools, secondaries and colleges to remove to remote learning for the majority of students.