It has been a long staggering year since the first case of Covid-19 in Singapore was confirmed on January 23, 2020. Like other countries that were affected by the pandemic, Singaporean’s lives have been put on a spin during this viral pandemonium.
Unlike other countries, however, the government of Singapore has a pretty effective response to the Covid-19 outbreak. With draconian measures like strict quarantine procedures, border control, and contact tracing applications, Singapore has been a front-runner when it comes to epidemic control.
The arrival of Covid-19 vaccines gave the world a renewed faith in science and all the affected populations continue to hope that this nightmare will be over soon. As the pandemic continues to run its course, we continue to hope this obscure disease will not evolve into something unmanageable.
The Covid-19 pandemic has created a ripple effect not just in the medical aspect but also in the economic and social aspects as well. As mandatory lockdowns worldwide continue to restrict the organic flow of the economy and human contact, the pandemic’s impact on different aspects of Singaporean life continues to persevere until this pandemic is over.
During the initial outbreak in the first quarter of 2020, people frantically purchase and hoard basic commodities and medical supplies such as masks and alcohol in fear of food shortage and infection. The first wave hit the economy hard as a continuous drop in inflation and unemployment increased by 2.4 percent.
The obvious repercussions of the pandemic are in the tourism and hospitality industry as travel restrictions and face-to-face contact is limited. The Covid-19 effect on local transportations also has a deep impact on the local economy and workforce.
Many establishments were forced to transition to the digital platform. The best example that comes to mind is the many online gambling Singapore websites that have to adapt for them to stay in business.
The circuit breaker program continues
Despite the massive impact of the pandemic on health and the economy, the Singaporean government still managed to control the outbreak. Singapore was known to present the most effective epidemic control system in the world along with fellow straits times countries, Vietnam and South Korea. Prime minister Lee Hsien Loong introduced the system called ‘circuit breaker’, a program that aims to contain the pandemic in Singapore.
With the advent of the completion and implementation of vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-Biotech, Singaporeans also developed a vaccine on their own called Lunar in collaboration with the American company Arcturus. The vaccine utilized a dead Covid-19 virus and genetically engineered it into a harmless virus to invoke the natural immune response system of the body.
IATA travel pass
It was announced this year that travelers who wish to enter Singapore by air must be subjected to the standards of the International Air Transport Association. The traveler must download an app called IATA Travel Pass that stores data of Covid-19 test results in a QR code and must pass the screening upon arrival at the Changi Airport. The IATA Travel Pass will be launched on May 1, 2021, and will be available for download in your favorite app market.
As of April 05, 2021, the number of active cases of Covid-19 in Singapore is 251 plus 17 new cases all imported with the onslaught of the UK variant. As of this writing, the total number of imported cases looms over several 3,651 while the total number of discharged cases is 60,214 as of date. The sum figure of suspected cases that are in community facilities is 205, while the number of hospitalized in stable condition is 50 and only 1 in critical condition.
As of March 29, 2021, the data of candidates who have already received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine is in 943, 307. Those who have already completed the full vaccination program are in 375,605, the Singaporean Ministry of Health has administered a total of 1,318,912 vaccine doses. As of now, the death rate is 30, and many citizens are still under rigorous monitoring.