Daily Dose: Clipped Wings

 Daily Dose: Clipped Wings

For the first time in Singapore's history, Changi Airport Terminals will be closed to the public for 2 weeks from May 13. Along with the Terminals, Jewel Changi Airport will also be closed. This came in the wake of an ever-growing cluster of Covid18 cases linked to the airport. Currently, that number stands at 25.

This lockdown of the Airport is significant in Singapore's approach to the current wave of infection. Instead of a full lockdown ala circuit breaker, specific locations were targetted. From the lockdown at TTSH to Victoria JC to Changi Airport, there are efforts to minimize inconvenience as well as protect the livelihood of residents.

Despite that, we should not be living in a bubble. While the efforts are there to stem the spread, it would be pointless if the general public continues to be nonchalant about it. From last year's example where people flock to beaches and parks despite the impending number of cases. It would not be surprising that the behaviour continues this time. With hikes increasing in popularity, expect hiking trails to be packed today.

Today is Hari Raya Puasa. It will mark a litmus test. While our Muslim friends do their traditional visiting, would the rest of Singapore choose to stay at home, or will they take advantage of the holiday to head out? We will only know at the end of the day.

In the meantime, to all our Muslim readers - Selamat Hari Raya!

1) 16 Covid-19 cases

10 Community

6 Imported

Community cases continue to prevail. This is the 5th day in 2 weeks where the numbers reach double-digit. Of the 10 cases, 9 unlink and 1 unlinked.

The unlink case is Case 63096 is a 33-year-old male Philippines national who works as an operating theatre nurse at Sengkang General Hospital.  He was fully vaccinated on 8 Feb. He was tested positive for B1617 variant.  This is NOT an isolated case. There were reports of vaccinated cases that were positive for B1617. It is a reminder that even if you are vaccinated, it may not necessarily be safe. The good news is that symptoms remain manageable for vaccinated cases.

The other linked cases include 7 linked to Changi Aiport, 1 to TTSH and the other to a Private Grab car driver.

Source: MOH


2) Changi Airport terminals, Jewel, to close for 2 weeks from May 13. 

While staff and travellers can access the terminal buildings, Jewel will be closed completely. This announcement came after the cluster linked to the airport grew to 27. 

The closure is to facilitate testing of the workers as well as disinfecting the premised. Closure may extend depending on the situation. All workers and staff at Jewel are urged to refrain from hearing out except for essential work or activities in the next 14 days until they have tested negative for Covid19. In our opinion, it may be better to make this mandatory, as such 'urgings' usually falls on death ears. 

Source: ST


3) Visitors to Changi Airport Terminal 3 from May 3 onwards to get free Covid19 testing

Have you been to T3 lately? If you have been there from May 3, you can now go for free Covid19 Testing. 

All visitors to Changi Airport Terminal 1 and Jewel from May 3 onwards are also advised to monitor their health closely for 14 days from their date of visit.” 

They are “strongly encouraged” to visit a regional screening centre or “Swab and Send Home” Public Health Preparedness Clinic for a free Covid-19 test if they feel unwell, MOH added.

Source: Today


4) Kopitiam at T3, Tangs at Vivocity among 15 new places visited by Covid19 cases while infectious.

The list will only get longer and longer as more cases are detected.

  • Sheng Siong supermarket at Block 720 Clementi West Street 2 on April 28 between 1pm and 2pm
  • Cafe Amazon Singapore at Jurong Point on April 29 between 2pm and 4pm 
  • Srisun Express at 56 Serangoon Garden Way on April 30 between 8am, and 8.40am
  • Cold Storage supermarket at West Mall on April 30 between 6pm and 7pm
  • Jia Wei Chinese Restaurant at Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy Hotel on April 30 between 7.30pm and 9pm
  • Anytime Fitness club at 190 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1 on April 30 between 8.45pm and 9.45pm and on May 4 between 5.50pm and 6.50pm
  • Tangs department store at VivoCity mall on May 1 between 6.30pm and 7pm
  • Haidilao Hot Pot at VivoCity mall on May 1 between 7.30pm and 9.30pm
  • Central Thai restaurant at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on May 3 between 6.40pm and 8.35pm
  • Kopitiam at Changi Airport Terminal 3 on May 5 between 3.30am and 4.10am, on May 6 between 6.35pm and 7.45pm, on May 7 between 12pm and 9pm, on May 8 between 12pm and 9pm and on May 9 between 12pm and 9pm
  • Changi Cycling Singapore at 4 Changi Village Road on May 7 between 1.05pm and 2pm
  • Hougang Mall on May 7 between 2.50pm and 3.50pm
  • Street 82 Coffee House at Block 844 Tampines Street 82 on May 7 between 7pm and 8pm
  • Fengshan Market and Food Centre at 85 Bedok North Street 4 on May 8 between 8.30am and 9am
  • Al-Azhar Restaurant at 11 Cheong Chin Nam Road on May 9 between 2.30am and 3am

Source: Today


 5) Another hospital staff - A nurse from Sengkang GH has Covid19.

There is no link to past cases. This would be a concern if a cluster emerges from another hospital.

Source: Today


6) Malaysia's daily Covid19 death toll hits new record amid the third wave of infections

Across the causeway, the daily death toll is increasing. There was reported 39 deaths in a day. For those who still think that Covid19 is just like the flu, think again.

Source: CNA



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