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CoVid-19 News 2021 Q2


June 28, 2021

Singapore confirms 9 new COVID-19 cases; 4 in community

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (28 June) confirmed nine new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore, taking the country’s total case count to 62,553.

Of the new cases, four are in the community, said MOH in a news release. All of the community cases are linked to past cases and there are no new cases in the dormitories.

June 25, 2021

Which countries are on the green list?

The latest traffic light reshuffle on 24 June finally heralded some positive news for the travel industry, with 16 new additions making it onto the green list.

Malta, Madeira, Spain’s Balearics – including Mallorca, Ibiza and Menorca – plus a number of Caribbean islands will all go green at 4am on 30 June, meaning from then on arrivals need not quarantine.

These additions bring the green list up to 27 territories in total.

Those returning to the UK from these “safe” destinations, which carry a lower risk of Covid reimportation, can forgo self-isolation, but still have to present a negative Covid test before departure to the UK and a post-arrival PCR test within two days of entering Britain.

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s on the green list.

June 24, 2021

Singapore may ease Covid-19 rules for those vaccinated: How you would be affected

SINGAPORE – As the vaccination rates go up, Singapore could see larger gatherings and overseas travel without stay-home notice upon return for those vaccinated.

More migrant workers and foreign domestic workers will be allowed in, and food and beverage establishments will be filled again. Life will return to a semblance of normality.

However, this new normal will require living with Covid-19 as an endemic disease, where an infected person recovers at home because vaccination ensures the symptoms will be mostly mild.

June 21, 2021

3 new COVID-19 cases linked to Bukit Merah View cluster, tally now at 73 infections

SINGAPORE: Three new COVID-19 community cases reported in Singapore on Sunday (Jun 20) have been linked to the Bukit Merah View Market and Food Centre cluster, bringing the size of the cluster to 73 infections.

All three cases had already been placed on quarantine, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily update.

June 18, 2021

Snap lockdowns cannot ‘go on forever’, Singapore must reopen: Ong Ye Kung

SINGAPORE — Snap lockdowns cannot “go on forever” if Singapore is to retain its competitiveness and viability, but the country’s reopening will depend on its vaccination rate, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung on Friday (18 June). 

Currently, 49 per cent of the population have received their first dose, and slightly over 35 per cent are fully vaccinated. Ong also revealed that vaccination rates have gone up from 40,000 doses a day in May, to 47,000 doses a day over the past two weeks, pledging that “it will go higher in the coming weeks”.

June 15, 2021

Singapore reports 13 new COVID-19 cases, 10 from the community

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (13 June) confirmed 13 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore, taking the country’s total case count to 62,276.

Of the new cases, 10 are community transmissions with eight linked to past cases, said MOH in a news release. Five of the community cases have already been placed on quarantine, while three were detected through surveillance.

The remaining two community cases are unlinked. There are no new cases from the migrant worker dormitories.

Singapore says will make needed changes to corporate tax once consensus on G7 plan

SINGAPORE (Reuters) -Singapore, a regional hub for technology firms, will change its tax system as needed once there is a global consensus, its finance minister said on Tuesday, after the world’s rich nations agreed there should be a minimum corporate tax rate of 15%.

May 24, 2021

21 new community COVID-19 cases, 1 dormitory infection; JEM/Westgate cases form new cluster

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 22 locally transmitted COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (May 23), including 21 in the community and one who resides in a dormitory.

May 18, 2021

Singapore to extend interval of COVID-19 vaccine doses to between 6 and 8 weeks

The shift in Singapore’s vaccination strategy to prioritising more people getting the first dose comes two days after the Government said it was studying if it should extend the time between COVID-19 vaccine doses.

May 14, 2021

Work from home to be default, no dining in allowed: What are the new Covid-19 rules in S’pore from May 16?

SINGAPORE – New measures were announced on Friday (May 14) by the multi-ministry task force on Covid-19, in the light of increased community cases.

They will take effect from this Sunday for a month to June 13. A review will be taken after two weeks to see if the measures need to be adjusted further.


May 11, 2021

BioNTech to set up Covid-19 vaccine manufacturing plant in Singapore

SINGAPORE — BioNTech, the makers of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine that is used here, will set up its Southeast Asia regional headquarters as well as a mRNA manufacturing facility in Singapore.


May 3, 2021

SINGAPORE: Fourteen community cases were among the 39 new COVID-19 infections reported in Singapore as of noon on Sunday (May 2), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.

April 26, 2021

Hong Kong and Singapore will announce a start to their highly anticipated two-way air travel bubble as soon as Monday, according to people familiar with the matter, after multiple delays.

April 16, 2021

Pandemic fatigue, rise of new strains: Why Asia is struggling amid surge in Covid-19 cases

A hundred days before Asia hosts the Olympics in Japan, the continent is struggling to battle a resurgence in coronavirus infections.

The rise of new strains of Covid-19, pandemic fatigue, the slow pace of vaccinations and the call by businesses to reopen battered economies are among the reasons for the rebound of the virus in many countries.


April 12, 2021

Nook Pod Wins Best Furniture Solution in Global Coworking Awards

“The Coworky Awards were held on 15th – 18th April in Denver, Colorado, honouring the best of the best in coworking spaces. Nook Pod – a UK designed and made huddle space – won “Best Furniture Solution/Piece”, competing against five other outstanding short-listed workplace designs, including popular Finnish company Framery.”

Nook Pod Wins Best Furniture Solution in Global Coworking Awards

April 9, 2021

Singapore, US to explore ways to revive air travel amid COVID-19, including vaccination certificates

SINGAPORE: Singapore and the United States will explore ways to revive international air travel safely amid COVID-19, including the use of vaccination certificates.

Singapore’s Transport Minister Ong Ye Kung had an introductory virtual meeting with his US counterpart Pete Buttigieg on Thursday (Apr 8), during which they discussed several issues including recovery from the pandemic and climate change.

April 6, 2021


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