On 3rd April 2020, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced "circuit breaker" to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore. Currently the country is in the Phase 2 Heightened Alert from 16 May to 13 June 2021 (both dates inclusive).
Ministry of Health
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Circuit Breaker (CB)
The government of Singapore announced the Circuit Breaker measures to counter COVID-19 on 3rd April 2020. All non-essential workplaces closed from 7 April to 4th May 2020 (28 days). Later on 21st April 2020, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced an extension of the Circuit Breaker to end on 1st June 2020 (extended 28 days).
7 April 2020 – 1 June 2020
equivalent to 1 month, 3 weeks, and 4 days
Link to PM Lee speech on the gov.sg
To our migrant workers, let me emphasise again: we will care for you, just like we care for Singaporeans. We thank you for your cooperation during this difficult period. - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong
Extracted from gov.sg
PM Lee speech on 3rd Apr 2020
PM Lee speech on 21st Apr 2020
Multi-Ministry Taskforce Press Conference on 28 May 2020
Phase 1 Safe Re-Opening
Singapore ends circuit breaker and entered Phase 1 from Tuesday, 2nd June 2020 to 18th June 2020 (17 days).
Phase 2 Safe Transition
19 Jun, 2020: Start of Phase 2
Singapore exited Phase 1 of post circuit breaker and entered Phase 2.
15 Jul. 2020: Ward@Bowyer
50 purpose-built container rooms (35 single and 16 beds shared )
MyCare Lite via wrists biosensor
For more info please visit https://www.gov.sg/article/moving-into-phase-2-what-activities-can-resume
Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong on 15 Jun. 2020
Phase 3 – Heightened Alert
NOTE: Succeeded by Phase 2 – Heightened Alert
From 8 May 2021 to 30 May 2021
For more info please visit https://www.gov.sg/article/heightened-alert-in-the-fight-against-covid-19
PM Lee speech on 31st May 2021
Multi-Ministry Taskforce press conference on 14 May 2021
Highlights from Singapore COVID-19 Research
Begum, Shabana (2020, Jun. 26). Coronavirus: NUS invents tent to protect docs when treating infected patient. Retrieved Jun. 29, 2020 from The Straits Times
Tan, Cheryl (2020, Jun. 26). Singapore studying feasibility of saliva tests. Retrieved Jun. 26, 2020 from The New Paper
Saliva testing is already being administered in Hong Kong, Japan and the US as it is non-invasive and less uncomfortable than nasal swab tests.
Lucence and the Agency for Science, Technology and Research have come up with a saliva collection kit called Safer-Sample. It is a Class A medical device with the Health Sciences Authority of Singapore and Lucence has received ISO13485:2016 certification for its QMS. About 2 ml of saliva is collected. [more info]
Sreekumar, Lekshmy (2020, May 18). One-hour antibody test tracks netrailising antibodies of COVID-19. Retrieved Jun. 20, 2020 from A*STAR
cPassTM can measure neutralising antibodies in an hour will be a huge boost to current COVID-19 investigations, from contact tracing, sero-prevalence survey, and assessment of herd immunity, longevity of protective immunity and efficacy of different vaccine candidates
n.d. (n.d.). Fighting COVID-19 with Fortitude. Retrieved Jun. 20, 2020 from A*STAR
A 1-step Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test that detects SARS-CoV-2 virus genetic material
n.d. (n.d.). Combatting COVID-19. Retrieved Jun. 20, 2020 from A*STAR
n.d. (2020, Mar. 25). TraceTogether - behind the scenes look at its development process. Retrieved Jun. 20, 2020 from GovTech
Useful Web Apps / Applications related to COVID-19 in Singapore
Map of Singapore
Places visited by community cases [via Channel News Asia]
Note: It excludes homes, workplaces, healthcare facilities and public transport. Singapore's MOH updates the list of places on a rolling 14-day basis.
Education Sector News
Tan, Jason (2020, Aug. 29). Commentary: Teachers now have new jobs. Schools will never be normal again after COVID-19 Jump to top Search. Retrieved Aug. 29, 2020 from Channel News Asia
Educators play new roles, like nurse, IT support and social worker
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- Lim, Jun Long (2020, Jun. 15). Post Circuit Break Phase 2 starts on 19th Jun 2020. Retrieved Jun. 20, 2020 from Facebook Page
Chia, Lianne (2020, Jul. 25). 50 beds in 50 days: How SGH turned a car park into a COVID-19 isolation ward. Retrieved Jul. 26, 2020 from Channel News Asia
Staff Writer (2020, Jun. 15). COVID-19: Phase 2 reopening to start on Friday, social groups and household visitors capped at 5. Retrieved Jun. 20, 2020 from Yahoo News
Baker, Abu Jalelah (2020, Jun. 15). COVID-19: Phase 2 of reopening to start from Jun 19, social gatherings of up to five persons allowed. Retrieved Jun. 20, 2020 from Channel News Asia
Sin, Yuen (2020, Jun. 15). Coronavirus: S'pore to start phase 2 reopening on June 19; F&B dine-in, social gatherings of up to 5 people allowed. Retrieved Jun. 20, 2020 from The Straits Times
Tan, Audrey (2020, Jun. 15). Working from home will continue to be default in phase 2 to reduce Covid-19 transmission: Lawrence Wong. Retrieved Jun. 20, 2020 from The Straits Times
Mansor, Ili Nadhirah (2020, Jun. 15). Circuit breaker exit: Phase 2 starts from June 19, most activities including dining in, tuition classes, sports to resume. Retrieved Jun. 20, 2020 from Today Online
Daud, Sulaiman (2020, Jun. 15). Phase 2 starts on June 19: Social visits allowed, retail shops & public facilities to reopen. Retrieved Jun. 20, 2020 from Mothership
Sin, Yuen (2020, May 31). Singapore ends Covid-19 circuit breaker: How does it affect you from June 2. Retrieved Jun. 20, 2020 from The Straits Times
n.d. (2020, May. 28). Post-circuit breaker – when can we move on to phases 2 and 3?. Retrieved Jun. 20, 2020 from Government of Singapore
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