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7 minutes ago, starfinder said:

Personally I think the covid spread among the population is contained. Now the focus is in the dormitories which I believe will be contained too. I am looking at the lifting of the CB in July, as I believe the government will play it safe to have the figures at very low level to do so.

I wouldn't so sure about that if I were you. 

I think the govt is probably comfortable that the situation at the FW dorm is largely contained and/or isolated. Moreover, most cases are mild and probably don't require critical care in the hospital.

The biggest worry and what lead to the extension is the number of unlinked cases that has stubbornly remain high. Like PM said, the numbers suggests that there may be hidden clusters still currently not traced and isolated. This is the big worry as if not properly tracked, then the potential for another huge explosion in the number of infection will inevitable lead to the next step. 

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@lonewolf respect man. Love the number fight. The amazing thing is that globally other countries like USA and uk are saying sg in wave 2 and making comparisons. But these 2 countries do not compare with sg as their rates are done passively (no active contact tracing)

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Much ink has been spilled and much more will be spilled on how the respective countries handle the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Comparison between how the different countries dealt with the pandemic is inevitable. 

Unfortunately, as with many things in life, politics inevitably reared its ugly head. WHO did us no favour in the early days of the pandemic by singling us out for our 'Gold standard' in the way we handled it. And so now that we are getting an explosion of cases, suddenly everyone is asking the question 'Where did we go wrong?'. And of cos, the trash TV of a fellow Asian Tiger cannot resist poking fun at us now. <_<

Just yesterday, I read a fascinating article on how the different countries are handling the pandemic and the fascinating concept of the use of The Hammer (aka lockdown measures and the like) and Dancing (aka dealing with the pandemic).

According to the article, Singapore and Japan are 'dancing but going through an outbreak now' while Hong Kong and Taiwan are "Dancing without suffering an outbreak'

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It also has one of the most detailed comparison of how SK, Taiwan and Singapore handled contact tracing. It makes for fascinating reading. And it's probably one of the most well-balanced article I have read on this topic. 

In particular, the article called out on our so-called world class contact tracing which the WHO has praised in mid-Feb for our effort to find every case, follow up with contacts and stop transmission.

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The Singapore operation was not actually world class. Until the end of March, their teams could only trace around ~600 contacts. That’s because their process was extremely manual. Tracers had to rely on interviews or CCTV cameras to do their research. No mobile phone data, no credit card data, no connection between the healthcare and travel data as far as we could find. It is unclear whether the investigators force is much stronger or weaker than Taiwan’s, or if their tools are much better or worse. But Taiwan never got overwhelmed by the massive arrival of foreign case.

I'm not sure of the veracity of the above assertion but it is definitely true that as far as contact tracing goes, we do lag behind what SK was doing. As compliant as most of us are, I think most would balk at the idea of the kind of information that was made public in SK.

Here is the full article for those who want to read it: Coronavirus: Learning How to Dance

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Jail for man who breached stay-home notice to eat bak kut teh at hawker centre, run errands

(CNA News)

A man became the first to be sentenced for a coronavirus-related offence on Thursday (Apr 23), receiving six weeks' jail for exposing others to the risk of infection by breaching his stay-home notice.

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Jail for man who breached stay-home notice to eat bak kut teh at hawker centre, run errands.


reminder to those here who are served under SHN.....be safe, be home always...exercise run at home only...not run errands...😷

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Singapore coronavirus surge raises fears of post-lockdown breakouts (UK Report)

(info - https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/08/singapore-coronavirus-increase-revives-fears-of-post-lockdown-surge)

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UK to test prevalence of COVID-19 in general population

(CNA News)

Britain's government plans to test a sample of 20,000 English households for COVID-19 in the coming weeks to try to establish how far the disease has spread across the country.

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Health minister Matt Hancock - who has faced criticism over limited testing facilities for some health and social care workers - said on Wednesday (Apr 22) the research would help the government understand the trajectory of the disease better.

 

Unnerved by new COVID-19 cases in navy, Taiwan debates lockdowns

(info - https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/taiwan-covid-19-navy-lockdown-coronavirus-12669446)

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Meanwhile in cb sg,
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we are still shooting to the moon in confirmed case...with 4 digits...in order to break or loosen the cb sg, we must be SGUnited!...flatten the curve..."to bring down daily infections more sharply, to a single-digit, or even zero"..for coming days-weeks-months...stay strong...

Latest  (CNA News) : 12-th Person  - An 84-year-old Singaporean woman has died from complications due to COVID-19 infection.

 

Latest  (CNA News)  : COVID-19 infections in Singapore top 11,000, with 1,037 new cases

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This is the fourth day in a row that Singapore has reported a daily increase of more than 1,000 cases.  

The vast majority of the new cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its preliminary release of figures.

Twenty-one of the new cases are Singaporeans or permanent residents.

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for uncle, "Just Want to Break Free..." from Covid-19 😷

 

 

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Covid-19: 10-15 infected individuals lurking in S'pore community at any one time, infectious disease expert estimates

(info extract : https://mothership.sg/2020/04/singapore-covid-19-hidden-reservoir/)

For the past four days, Singapore has reported more than 1,000 new Covid-19 cases daily, bringing the total number to 11,178 as of April 23, 12pm.

Supportive of tighter measures

He (Leong) added that he would prefer even tighter measures such as disallowing jogging outside without masks.

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"The tighter the controls, the more miserable we are, the more the virus dies."

Leong mentioned that he is supportive of what fellow doctor, Billy Tan, wrote on Facebook last week.

On Tan's post, he pointed out allowing people to exercise outside without masks was a "loophole" and that could facilitate the spread of the virus.

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Measures can be loosened if daily cases reduced to less than 5

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10 hours ago, kohpapa said:

Leong mentioned that he is supportive of what fellow doctor, Billy Tan, wrote on Facebook last week.

On Tan's post, he pointed out allowing people to exercise outside without masks was a "loophole" and that could facilitate the spread of the virus.

Personally, I feel runners probably do not need to wear masks if running in neighbourhood while I agree the spread of covid 19 by park users without masks are real.

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Question - what statistic backs the spread of covid 19 by park users? How many cases have been found around the world of people catching covid19 whilst running? This is a dynamic situation and sg is doing the best it can do. Exercise & sunlight are known to strengthen the immunity system. 

Here is what WHO says:

"The virus that causes COVID-19 is mainly transmitted through droplets generated when an infected person coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are too heavy to hang in the air. They quickly fall on floors or surfaces. You can be infected by breathing in the virus if you are within 1 metre of a person who has COVID-19, or by touching a contaminated surface and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth before washing your hands."

Source: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses (see question on "How does Covid-19 spread?")

 

Also the actual number of Singaporean/PR transmission is very low. The majority of the cases is now young, fit and healthy people (dormitory workers) who are mostly in isolation.  It would be interesting to find out if any of the LA marathoners were infected with Covid19.  Anyhow as all the dormitory workers are being tested / in isolation, this could suggest that the probability for the risk of infection at this moment in time could be low.

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Source: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/

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Coronavirus: exercise may protect against deadly complication (UK Report)

(info - https://www.runnersworld.com/uk/news/a32186719/coronavirus-protect-deadly-covid-19-complication/)

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Explainer: Could jogging behind someone get you infected with Covid-19? (SG Report)

(info - https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/explainer-could-jogging-behind-someone-get-you-infected-covid-19)

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Latest: Singapore's COVID-19 cases cross 12,000 after 897 more confirmed

(CNA News)

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Singapore confirmed 897 new cases of COVID-19 as of noon on Friday (Apr 24), taking the national total to 12,075.

The vast majority of the new cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its preliminary release of figures.

Thirteen of the cases are Singaporeans or permanent residents.
 

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On 4/24/2020 at 8:52 AM, starfinder said:

Personally, I feel runners probably do not need to wear masks if running in neighbourhood while I agree the spread of covid 19 by park users without masks are real.

Advisory on COVID-19 (Coronavirus Disease 2019) for Visitors and Tourism Businesses

(info - https://www.stb.gov.sg/content/stb/en/home-pages/advisory-on-covid-19.html)

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(info extracted - https://www.nparks.gov.sg/noticeboard)

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I feel runners probably do not need to wear masks if running in neighbourhood...Nparks and SportSG (Sport Singapore)

spread of covid 19 by park users without masks are real...Nparks Gatherings (Social Distancing) and Safe Distancing...without mask same just like running in neighbourhood, include also walking in hilly terrain... 

Importantly, stay strong, stay home always, home always for those who are SHN, exercise near your neighbourhood, wear mask always.

Exercise at parks with "more" social distancing espcially at hilly terrains because there are the younger and the elderly who are walking without masks because of the "loopholes" in running or walking at parks with open space, and that tend to attract "gatherings" especially families in the same household...babies in prams, parents and children engaging in outdoor adventuring bonding sessions...couples and friends under different households to meet for social gathering but to exercise together...updates...

Be Social Responsible...😷

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@lonewolf if the infection rate can TOP off at 80% of the foreign workers without any casualties, then would they as a community have herd immunity?

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12 hours ago, Lady Ice said:

if the infection rate can TOP off at 80% of the foreign workers without any casualties, then would they as a community have herd immunity?

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Comparing COVID-19 with previous pandemics

(info extracted - https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/comparing-covid-19-with-previous-pandemics)

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covid-19 like the spanish flu..

affects the elderly...in congested "home" environment...

Two new nursing home infections bring total to five homes with Covid-19 cases

(info - https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/two-new-nursing-home-infections-bring-total-to-five-homes-with-covid-19-cases)

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and migrant workers who stayed in "cramped" with close-contact dormitories...

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How did migrant worker dormitories become Singapore’s biggest coronavirus cluster?

(info extracted - https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/explained/article/3080466/how-did-migrant-worker-dormitories-become-singapores-biggest)

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effectively, affected clusters relating to working in Construction Industry -  given physical distancing with Stay-Home-Order...

there is yet of death reported...

What is Herd Immunity and How Can We Achieve It With COVID-19?

(info - https://www.jhsph.edu/covid-19/articles/achieving-herd-immunity-with-covid19.html)

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But the situation for SARS-COV-2 is very different: COVID-19 carries a much higher risk of severe disease and even death

 

No, You Should Not Have or Participate in a Coronavirus Party. Here's What to Know About Herd Immunity

(info - extract from https://time.com/5825386/herd-immunity-coronavirus-covid-19/)

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Taking even in USA, "We will not get to herd community in the close future, in the next year or two..."

 

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maintaining social distancing...buying time to develop a vaccine that we can hopefully use to immunize ourselves

 

Nobody knows for we have not even reach the herd community yet...we are just simply...at Circuit Breaker SG or Lockdown UK stage...😷

 

 

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2 hours ago, Lady Ice said:

@lonewolf if the infection rate can TOP off at 80% of the foreign workers without any casualties, then would they as a community have herd immunity?

Who knows? Even the world's infection disease experts have no idea. 

Maybe there is no such thing as herd immunity with COVID-19.

Now that is a scary thought! :startle:

 

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Revisit Coronavirus Severe blow for Singapore's mass run industry (SG Report March 15 2020)

(info - https://www.straitstimes.com/sport/severe-blow-for-mass-run-industry)

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Full Refund received : Income Eco Run 2020, Sundown Marathon Singapore 2020, Thank you.

As we are to be CB extension till June 1 (inclusive),  be social responsible and be updated always...

Circuit Breaker extension and tighter measures: What you need to know

(info : https://www.gov.sg/article/circuit-breaker-extension-and-tighter-measures-what-you-need-to-know)

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Latest: Singapore reports 618 new cases of COVID-19, bringing total to 12,693

(CNA News)

Singapore reported 618 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday (Apr 25), bringing the national total to 12,693. 

The vast majority of the new cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its preliminary release of figures.

Seven of the cases are Singaporeans or permanent residents.

A total of 25 dormitories have been gazetted as isolation areas.

 

Virtual Exercise at Surfers Paradise (Australia)...

of course, volunteer always after exercise to keep our parks clean...

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@Lady Ice, we need to thank you for your insight from UK and your noted observations especially with your reference to... covid-19 like the spanish flu..

Coronavirus UK: Essential workers and families can be tested

(extract - dailymail news)

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While each country is facing a different set of circumstances amid the Covid-19 pandemic, we are all fighting a common enemy....we learn from UK in many ways, perhaps we in CB SG is heading towrds the 3Ts...already we have the TRACE and TRACE...but not yet the TEST. 😷

To beat 'sneaky' coronavirus, test more and lift circuit breaker gradually when time is right: Experts

(CNA News)

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Canada's reopening won't depend on immunity: Trudeau

(info - https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/canada-s-reopening-won-t-depend-on-immunity--trudeau-12677454)

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Coronavirus: New York governor expands testing after '21 days of hell'

(info - https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/coronavirus-new-york-governor-expands-testing-after-21-days-of-hell)

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#SGMARATHON Message from Running Community

I have faith that Singapore will recover and Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon will be held as per normal this December. Looking forward to seeing everyone on that starting line!

 

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On 4/23/2020 at 10:27 AM, kohpapa said:

 

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London Marathon may be restricted to elite runners in wake of COVID-19

(CNA News)

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More about the 2020 Berlin Marathon Cancelation

(info extract - mybestruns.com)

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The decision was made after the Germany government banned group gatherings of more than 5,000 people until after October 24.

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The 2020 Berlin Marathon Canceled – Which Marathon Will Be Next?

(info extract - https://runningwithmiles.boardingarea.com/the-2020-berlin-marathon-canceled-which-marathon-will-be-next/)

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Foreign workers in Singapore know they are currently safer in the city-state than elsewhere including their own countries, a minister said, even as a massive coronavirus outbreak among that community shines a spotlight on cramped and oft-unsanitary lodging provided for the low-wage employees.

The workers from overseas are “appreciative” of efforts that range from relieving overcrowding in current facilities, and measures to provide them with medical attention, food and remittance services, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in a Facebook post on Sunday. Singapore is speeding up construction of additional dormitories, he said.

“Accommodation for foreign workers, especially construction workers, is getting top attention,” Khaw said. Lodgings which are being accelerated were originally meant for workers at the peak of building Changi Airport’s Terminal 5, he said.

“Meanwhile, they can help relieve the crowding in existing foreign workers dorms,” he said.

Singapore has tightened entry rules, mandated masks, poured billions of dollars into the economy and imposed a weeks-long partial lockdown to contain the outbreak. The nation reported an additional 596 coronavirus cases as of noon Sunday, and all but 25 were work permit holders.

On Saturday, it saw the largest single-day spike of 942 cases. Infections now total 6,588 cases. Singapore on Sunday overtook Indonesia as the Southeast Asian country with the most confirmed cases.

“I know our foreign workers are appreciative of the efforts,” Khaw said. “They know that they are safer in Singapore now, than elsewhere, even at home.”

Bangladeshi Workers

Many of the virus-hit foreigners in Singapore are Bangladeshis. Meanwhile, Bangladesh has reported 2,144 cases and 84 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The outbreak in the island nation of 5.7 million people has exposed the poor conditions that many migrant workers live in. There are about 981,000 work permit holders as of June 2019, and about 284,000 are in the construction sector.

Over 200,000 foreign workers live in 43 dormitories in Singapore. Most are housed in crowded and unhygienic quarters, typically with 10 to 12 people sharing a room, making social distancing harder to enforce. Thirteen dormitory complexes linked to virus clusters have been isolated, meaning workers will not be allowed to leave their rooms for 14 days.

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo has vowed to raise standards of living in dormitories. Doing so is “not only the right thing to do but also in our own interests,” she said. “We should be willing to accept the higher costs that come with higher standards.”

To curb transmissions, authorities have shifted thousands of workers employed in essential services such as logistics, transportation and construction who were found to be free of the virus to temporary housing facilities. They include vacant military camps, public housing units and floating lodgings commonly used in the marine and offshore industry.

Sports halls in the Singapore Sports Hub, a sporting venue that has played host to the Women’s Tennis Association finals, will be converted as a temporary accommodation to house virus-free workers. The government is also studying using cruise ships to temporarily house foreign workers who have recovered from the coronavirus and tested negative.

 Source: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-25/icahn-says-stocks-are-overvalued-virus-may-cause-downdrafts

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3 hours ago, Lady Ice said:

Where are we heading during COVID-19 (Economy of the World)?

Dangerous tide of disinflation on the rise: Economists

(info - https://www.straitstimes.com/business/economy/dangerous-tide-of-disinflation-on-the-rise-economists)

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This is what the economic fallout from coronavirus could look like

(info - https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/04/depression-global-economy-coronavirus/)

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What is Carl doing during COVID-19? (source provided by @Iady Ice)

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What will be the implication to us?

Disinflation is the slowdown in the rate of inflation..

We can use "cheapen" to improve our global competitiveness by cheapening the cost of its exports or by cheapening the impact of wages and most goods and services..

Will the race price be cheapened? Yes, if collectively more cannot take part because of restrictions in numbers, or participants choose to demand the organizers to provide higher standards of goods and services such as OMG! No refund No sign-up. 

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Or perhaps we just stop consuming crap and purchase what is necessary and recreate our economy. Consumerism needs to reduced to reduce our polluting ways..... have soooo much stuff from people continually giving me stuff thru the years. And even when I insist them to stop, they still keep gifting me things and say it is rude to give it back!

My running shoes are over 5 years old. My running sandals are 2 years old after retiring the last pair that fell apart after completing about 20 marathons which included a couple of ultras.

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Or perhaps we just stop consuming crap and purchase what is necessary and recreate our economy. Consumerism needs to reduced to reduce our polluting ways..... have soooo much stuff from people continually giving me stuff thru the years. And even when I insist them to stop, they still keep gifting me things and say it is rude to give it back!

My running shoes are over 5 years old. My running sandals are 2 years old after retiring the last pair that fell apart after completing about 20 marathons which included a couple of ultras.

Consumerism - overdrive by Better, Cheaper AND Faster

Speech by Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower, at Committee of Supply 2018

(info extract - https://www.mom.gov.sg/newsroom/speeches/2018/0305-speech-by-mr-lim-swee-say-minister-for-manpower-at-committee-of-supply-2018)

Better, Cheaper AND Faster (#94 - #127)

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This shall respond to your "Quote" in previous post...😷

Foreign workers in Singapore know they are currently safer in the city-state than elsewhere including their own countries, a minister said, even as a massive coronavirus outbreak among that community shines a spotlight on cramped and oft-unsanitary lodging provided for the low-wage employees.

The workers from overseas are “appreciative” of efforts that range from relieving overcrowding in current facilities, and measures to provide them with medical attention, food and remittance services, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said in a Facebook post on Sunday. Singapore is speeding up construction of additional dormitories, he said.

“Accommodation for foreign workers, especially construction workers, is getting top attention,” Khaw said. Lodgings which are being accelerated were originally meant for workers at the peak of building Changi Airport’s Terminal 5, he said.

“Meanwhile, they can help relieve the crowding in existing foreign workers dorms,” he said.

Singapore has tightened entry rules, mandated masks, poured billions of dollars into the economy and imposed a weeks-long partial lockdown to contain the outbreak. The nation reported an additional 596 coronavirus cases as of noon Sunday, and all but 25 were work permit holders.

On Saturday, it saw the largest single-day spike of 942 cases. Infections now total 6,588 cases. Singapore on Sunday overtook Indonesia as the Southeast Asian country with the most confirmed cases.

“I know our foreign workers are appreciative of the efforts,” Khaw said. “They know that they are safer in Singapore now, than elsewhere, even at home.”

Bangladeshi Workers

Many of the virus-hit foreigners in Singapore are Bangladeshis. Meanwhile, Bangladesh has reported 2,144 cases and 84 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The outbreak in the island nation of 5.7 million people has exposed the poor conditions that many migrant workers live in. There are about 981,000 work permit holders as of June 2019, and about 284,000 are in the construction sector.

Over 200,000 foreign workers live in 43 dormitories in Singapore. Most are housed in crowded and unhygienic quarters, typically with 10 to 12 people sharing a room, making social distancing harder to enforce. Thirteen dormitory complexes linked to virus clusters have been isolated, meaning workers will not be allowed to leave their rooms for 14 days.

Manpower Minister Josephine Teo has vowed to raise standards of living in dormitories. Doing so is “not only the right thing to do but also in our own interests,” she said. “We should be willing to accept the higher costs that come with higher standards.”

To curb transmissions, authorities have shifted thousands of workers employed in essential services such as logistics, transportation and construction who were found to be free of the virus to temporary housing facilities. They include vacant military camps, public housing units and floating lodgings commonly used in the marine and offshore industry.

Sports halls in the Singapore Sports Hub, a sporting venue that has played host to the Women’s Tennis Association finals, will be converted as a temporary accommodation to house virus-free workers. The government is also studying using cruise ships to temporarily house foreign workers who have recovered from the coronavirus and tested negative.

 

Singapore Inc Manpower Supply Needs...Why Foreign Workers...

Four Ways to Make Business Processes Better, Cheaper AND Faster

(info extract - https://blog.kineticdata.com/four-ways-to-make-business-processes-better-cheaper-and-faster/)

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and Innovation and Creativity

The Curse of “Faster, Better, Cheaper”

(info - https://www.sysaid.com/blog/entry/the-curse-of-faster-better-cheaper)

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Look at how changes being made during Circuit Breaker SG and Lockdown UK.. Innovation and Creativity - Home-based Learning, DIY or Online Purchase, "Zoom" Virtual Meet and Conference and Sports (Racing)...Do we really need to be in mess events to pay to watch or pay to participate....are there "sanitized" measures of Social Distancing and Safe Distancing..OUTBREAK PREVENTIVE MEASURES..

Then how about Better, Cheaper AND Faster...they are non-essential services that were the first to be CB or Lockdown

needs to reduced to reduce our polluting ways...bubble-tea, cakes, snacks...shops that offer affordable and convenience like plastics for consumption...they are also non-essential services that were the first to be CB or Lockdown

Awakened...if you and the rest of the World adopt zero waste... when I insist them to stop, they still keep gifting me things and say it is rude to give it back! then there will be disinflation in the World Economy which is the slowdown in the rate of inflation..

read previous post...implications on our future...who will be our essential workforce...what are the essential services we really need for our lives...what are considered as essential jobs...implications on our aspiration on why we run (non-essential for events, but essential for Exercise, just need to commit to share social responsibility for all who are mostly non-runners, and kow-Pa-kow-Ma graciously exercise their rights to common space of freely to engage whatever they want in play and exercise like tennis, golf and even frisbee...which unfortunately did not meet the criteria of Exercise Outdoor during Covid-19 )...

That will be post COVID-19 scenario...good for us to reflect, here, right? 😷

 

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Once we use to Exercise freely...alone with groups..NPark or PCN...

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uncle would like to share the joy and aspiration of @KeepOnMoving of the lone sgRunner for completing 10KM Income Eco Run 2020 (cancel due to COVID-19)

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Run in the wee hours of the Day... Sundown Marathon timing...interesting... should have seen who really are on the roads...Delivery Service (Grab, FoodPanda)...and mobile "white cars" hidden behind every corner...

uncle a week ago, ran Farrer Road, Holland Road, Commonweath Road, Dover (MRT), NUS (U-town) entrance and stop...from Bukit Batok Hill...from 330am....otherwise, uncle should have seen you, yesterday..😷

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ah, yes Nike Run Club app...

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well done. 😷

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@kohpapa

I'm still training indoors. Our lockdown here been extended for 3 more weeks so I'll just share this video from Rocky IV.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_9FyTiq3SA

I like what some guy called "Peter L." put in the Youtube comments though:

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"Corona virus -gyms closed- we are all training like Rocky now


I couldn't agree with him more hahaha🤣
It's just a 7+ min clip, but the main point is... if you're determined, you'll find a way!😜 

Now let me just find some boulders to train with...😅

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