Akand Datang : Phase 3


 

Daily Dose: Phase 3.


During the time of Circuit Breaker, Phase 3 seems like an eternity away. Now, with the situation progressing positively for Singapore, Phase 3 could be a mere few weeks away.

In a world where record daily cases are still made, Singapore has managed to curb the spread of the virus. Despite earlier hiccups at the dorms, the nation has done well to keep the virus at bay from the general community.

Single-digit community cases or even 0 community cases are reported on a daily basis.


Would this be the light at the end of the tunnel?


1) 15 New Covid19 Cases

  • 10 Dorms
  • 5 Imported


Once again, there are no new community cases. This is a good sign. With Phase 3 in the cards in these coming weeks, a continuation of this 'trend' would be a welcoming relief.

The details are not published yet on the MOH website. Why do we have a sense of complacency here?

Source: MOH



2) The government may present plans for Phase 3 opening in coming weeks, says Lawrence Wong

Education Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the governmental task force tackling Covid-19, announced this at an online press briefing on Wednesday (Sept 23).

Under this plan, border control measures will be relaxed, as will the number of people who can gather when dining out, when doing home visits or at places of worship.


Singapore is now in Phase Two of a gradual reopening. Phase One happened at the start of June after stay-home curbs in April and May during the circuit breaker was lifted, and some social and business activities were allowed to resume.

Source: Today



3) Covid19 test taken by travellers from India must come from a recognised lab


These approved laboratories which process the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test results must be "internationally accredited or recognised by the Indian Government", the ministry told CNA.

This pre-departure test applies to travellers who are not Singapore citizens or permanent residents.

There had been records in the past of fraudulent documentation such as degrees from India, thus it is prudent for this to be implemented.

Source: Today


4) Singapore total population fell to 5.69 million 

On the plus side, Singaporeans citizens had grown by 0.6% to 3.52M. At 3.52 million, accounting for 61% of the population

Singapore's non-resident population fell 2.1 per cent to 1.64 million, leading to a dip in the total population to 5.69 million over the past year up to June.

The Covid-19 pandemic also led to more overseas Singaporeans returning home, with their number falling from 217,200 in 2019 to 203,500 in 2020.


Source: ST


5) Foreigners arriving in Malaysia must now pay the full fee of $1550 for quarantine.

The short holiday to Malaysia just got longer and more expensive.

Foreigners arriving in Malaysia through various entry points must now pay the full RM4,700 (S$1,550) fee for the mandatory Covid-19 quarantine, Senior Minister (Security cluster) Ismail Sabri Yaakob said on Thursday 

It was previously RM 2100. 

Source: ST


6) 74% of PR and Singaporeans feel anxious over the pandemic impact


About 78 per cent of those in the study said that they were anxious about economic issues, with a majority worrying about issues such as unemployment rates and the current state of the economy.


Among the 18- to 24-year-olds, their main concerns were finding jobs that fit their skills, with the graduates facing difficulty in their job search, the survey showed.


Health concerns also figured high on the list of anxiety causes, with 73 per cent of respondents saying they were worried about such issues.


A majority of those who were troubled about health indicated that they were anxious about global pandemic diseases, such as Covid-19.


Source: ST


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