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Circuit Breaker


Months of COVID-19 restrictions have placed a huge strain on Singapore’s economy, shrinking by 41.2% quarter-on-quarter drop. With two consecutive contractions,  Singapore has entered a technical recession. Among the most heavily affected in Singapore is the manufacturing sector. In May 2020, the sector’s output diminished by 7.4% year-on-year. This contraction, according to the Ministry of …

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (“IMDA”), with the support of other Government agencies, will drive a nationwide digitalisation movement to ensure that Singapore will emerge stronger in a post COVID-19 world. Our efforts will focus on three key thrusts – digital opportunities for workers; digital inclusion for all; and a concerted push for a digital …

The free access to Singapore Press Holdings’ (SPH) eight eNewspapers by National Library Board (NLB) will now be made available to library patrons beyond the circuit breaker period.  The eight digital newspapers are The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao, Shin Min Daily News, Berita Harian and Tamil Murasu. …

On 19 May 2020, the Multi-Ministry Taskforce announced a phased approach to resuming activities safely from 2 Jun 2020. This advisory provides guidance to religious organisations (ROs) on the phased approach for the resumption of religious activities. Phase One: Safe Re-opening During the Circuit Breaker from 7 Apr to 1 Jun 2020, all places of …

The National Environment Agency (NEA) is seeking community support in our collective dengue prevention efforts, as we enter the traditional peak dengue season. 529 dengue cases were reported in the week ending 16 May 2020, higher than the 300 to 400 weekly cases that we have seen for the first four months this year. As we enter the warmer months ahead, the increased risk of higher transmission …

The National Parks Board (NParks) and the Smart Nation and Digital Government Group (comprising Smart Nation and Digital Government Office and Government Technology Agency) are conducting a pilot trial of a four-legged robot called SPOT to assist safe distancing efforts at parks, gardens and nature reserves managed by NParks, including Park Connectors, Pulau Ubin, as …

The Infocomm Media Development Authority (“IMDA”) has expanded its programmes to help more seniors receive the knowledge, training and support they need to use technology to stay engaged, productive and entertained during this circuit breaker period. This is part of IMDA’s continual efforts in enhancing online accessibility to enable individuals, especially seniors, to carry out …

The Singapore Management University (SMU) announced the establishment of a new SMU Resilience Fund to help students who are facing financial hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The $2.5 million Fund comprises three coordinated components – SMU CARES (comprising funds from the University’s own resources), SMU GIVES (made up of contributions from the SMU Community), and SMU HELPS (assistance supported by donors). …

OCBC Bank has officially placed all personal financing facilities, secured and unsecured, under its Singapore Covid-19 Relief Programme. With this, car loans, renovation loans, education loans, industrial and commercial property loans and Debt Consolidation Plans all come under that Relief Programme. To date, OCBC Bank has approved moratorium for S$4 billion in loans to individuals, …

OCBC Bank and staff will donate an additional S$1,225,000 in its fourth tranche of support to the community dealing with hardships arising from the coronavirus outbreak. This fourth tranche of donations will be used to help needy Singaporean families as well as the migrant workers under isolation due to the enhanced Circuit Breaker measures. The …