Dilemma

 



Daily Dose: Dilemma

The weekend is here. Like many, I will be pondering what I should do this weekend. Having stayed a week at home, it is not surprising that one would experience cabin fever.

Should I go out and do my grocery run and at the same time support the hawkers? Should I just stay in and do online delivery. While no man is a hermit, I sure feel like one now. 

COVID-19 have more than just consequences on health; it had affected our lifestyles, our livelihoods and, at times, our friendship. For those following the updates on Facebook, you would probably be aware of a dispute I am having with a friend due to the post I made about COVID-19. Sad to say, it did not end well. As the impact on the virus takes its toll, casualties of another form will appear. Nonetheless, when one door closes, another opens. Life will go on. Just do the right thing, and hopefully, time will attest to your endeavours. 

1) 40 COVID-19 cases

  • 30 community
  • 10 imported

Of the 30 community cases, 8 were unlinked. 17 were on quarantine.

Unlink cases include cases from Westgate testing of shoppers. 2 were found positive, including an NUS student who had experienced symptoms since May 13 but did not seek medical attention.

Additionally, 3 students from 2 primary schools and 1 preschool were on the list


Source: MOH

https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/30-new-cases-of-locally-transmitted-covid-19-infection_21_May2021


2) First Confirmed case of transmission from school

MOE has confirmed the first case of school-based COVID-19 Transmission. This occurred at ACS (Junior). The boy had last attended school on May 18, the last day of school before HBL. Close contact had been quarantine.


Source: CNA

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/anglo-chinese-junior-student-first-case-school-transmission-moe-14859820

3) Changi and Jewel to remain close to public

Previously, it was closed from 13 May to 26 May. It will extend the closure until June 13. 43 airport staff had been tested positive to date. The source of infection was suggested to have occurred through an airport worker who assisted a family from South Asia on Apr29. 

Changi Airport cluster was deemed as the main source for this current wave of infection around Singapore.

Source: Today

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/some-changi-airport-staff-likely-infected-same-source-b1617-jewel-terminals-closed-longer

4) Resident at Hougang Block 506 will undergo compulsory COVID-19 Swabs

This came after a few cases had been detected in the block. There are a total of 116 households affected.

Source: Today

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/residents-hougang-block-begin-2-day-covid-19-testing-those-living-nearby-worried-about

5) Some employees still made to return to workplaces when working from home is the first option.

-Some employees have been asked to continue working from their offices against the Government’s call 
-They said their companies did not give good reasons for this arrangement
-The workers are worried about being exposed to Covid-19 with the rise in community cases
-Some employers said, workers who provide essential services cannot work from home
-Others cannot access digital systems from home because of security reasons

Since companies are not given the following guidelines, given the way the virus is spreading, compulsory work from home should be implemented for cases that can do so.

Source: Today

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/covid-19-some-employees-still-made-return-workplaces-when-work-from-home-first-option


6) MOM urges maids to stay at home on rest days, avoid crowded places when running errands.

If you want your helper to stay at home on a rest day, do not ask them to work. Let them rest as they should.

Source: ST

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/maids-strongly-encouraged-to-stay-at-home-on-rest-days-avoid-crowded-places-when-running


7) Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine safe for those aged 12-15, committee respond

There is a letter circulating that claims that the recommended vaccine is not suitable for kids. This is the response to the letter from the committee.

Source: CNA

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/pfizer-biontech-covid-19-vaccine-safe-for-children-aged-12-to-15-14858460

8) Stores at fast food outlets as well as shops in FAr East Plaza added to the list of public places that had been visited by COVID-19 cases

McDonald’s outlet in 51@AMK mall located at 51 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 on May 12 between 10.25pm and 11pm


  • Burger King outlet at 11 Bedok North Street 1 on May 13 between 9.10am and 3.45pm
  • McDonald’s outlet at 311 New Upper Changi Road on May 15 between 8am and 8.30am
  • Wok Wei Kitchen at Far East Plaza on May 15 between 1.30pm and 2.30pm
  • Popular Bookstore at Bukit Panjang Plaza on May 15 between 2.15pm and 3pm
  • One Care Reflexology and Wellness at Far East Plaza on May 15 between 2.25pm and 3.45pm
  • Causeway Point mall in Woodlands on May 16 between 11.15am and 12.45pm
  • Jamae (Chulia) Mosque at 218 South Bridge Road on May 17 between 1.10pm and 1.40pm

Read more at https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/stores-far-east-plaza-fast-food-outlets-bedok-among-places-where-covid-19-cases-had-been





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