Covid-19 in Singapore
The impact that COVID-19 had brought to the world is a major one. For example on the 7th April 2020, our government announced the start of Circuit Breaker (an initiative to stop the futher spread of the virus). The Circuit Breaker lasted for about 1.5 months (ended on 1st June 2020), and it was just the first phase. There are a total of 3 phases the Singapore government had initiated and currently (as at 9th October 2020), we’re only at the second phase. Months ever since the situation of covid-19 in Singapore began to worsen, I’m sure many of you have learnt some protective measures and the importance of self-hygiene. The government also provided us with free hand sanitisers and masks.
Did you guys receive all these products? Have you also learnt how to properly protect yourself against the virus?
Let us find out what has happened after the start of COVID-19!
学到的东西 – Things that we have learnt
#1: DORSCON Alert Level
I believe many of you would have seen this diagram before during the initial start of covid-19 in Singapore. At that time, many of us were afraid that Singapore would be in the Red DORSCON level and that would mean that our daily lives are affected and Singapore may go through a lockdown!
#2: 聚会 - Gatherings
Before the pandemic, there wasn’t a need to limit social gatherings. However, after the COVID-19 pandemic had started, social gatherings have been limited to 5 persons and to that, I’m sure many of us are unhappy about it as we’re not able to gather together with all our relatives or a large group of friends. Nowadays, we’ve gotten used to meeting people online and even learning via Zoom at home! Read about how Jocelyn Chinese Tuition helped students and families cope with the new norm earlier this year.
#3: 娱乐场所和工作 Entertainment & Jobs
疫情期间，娱乐场所都受限，不能开门做生意。疫情稍稳定后，有些娱乐场所，如溜冰场、戏院、健身房等等能在遵守防范措施的情况下恢复营业。但，像KTV的娱乐场所至今都不能运作。在2020年7月24日，新加坡海峡时报就报道 “Teo Heng（KTV公司）有可能会关14间已有的店面。”因为疫情，它们不能开门做生意，对它们造成的伤害和损失很大。有许多人也在这段时期丢失了工作、有的工钱少了、有的生意甚至没有办法在进行，倒闭了。
During the 1st phase of Circuit Breaker, all entertainment places were not allowed to open for business. Some entertainment places like the ice-skaing rinks, cinemas, gyms and many more were allowed to open during the 2nd phase. (They will still need to have safe distancing and limit the number of people). However, karaoke entertainment places like Teo Heng and Manekineko are still not allowed to be opened for business. In a newspaper report by The Straits Times on 24th July 2020, it is said that Teo Heng may close 14 of it’s outlets in Singapore due to the situation of covid-19 in Singapore and the loss incurred so far. Many people also lost their jobs, had their pay cut and shops closing down for business due to COVID-19.
#4: 自家烘培师 - Home Bakers
虽然在这冠状病毒的期间，有许多人都对了工作，但有些却在这个时期找到了新的工作，那就是自家烘培师！有的是卖蛋糕，有的卖其他的甜食/甜品。他们大多数的人都是利用社交媒体来宣传，其中一个例子就是Instagram。一些在Instagram上卖东西的户口名称有：@tirasaurus 和 @thecircuitbaker。
Although there may be many that’ve lost their jobs during this COVID-19 period, there are some who started to open their “home business” and started to sell food like cakes, brownies and many other different pastries. Many of them use the power of social media to promote their business so as to get more customers. Some of the Instagram accounts that sells these foods are: @tirasaurus & @thecircuitbaker
#5: 厕纸 – Toilet Paper
看着这张图，让你想的是什么？你们是否还记得在2019冠状疫情初期，有许多的假新闻在许多的社交媒体上传？那件事也造成许多的恐慌，因此有很多人都到附近的超市购买物品，尤其是快熟面和厕纸。你们是否是其中的一人？Looking at this picture, what does it reminds you of? Do you remember during the start of COVID-19 where quite a handful of fake news were spread in many social media platforms which resulted in insecurity and fear in people? That was the time when many people went to the different supermarkets and “panic-buy”! Many instant noodles and toilet papers especially went out of stock because of that. Were you one of them?
The impact that COVID-19 have brought to us have cause many inconvenience and changes. Not sure if you have the same thinking as me, but I really miss how my life was like before the outbreak of the virus, I didn’t had to wear mask everyday and I could find my exits in shopping malls! (Many exits are blocked now for contact tracing) COVID-19 not only taught me to cherish the people around me more, it also taught me to cherish the things that I’ve took for granted more! Let’s all work together and firstly make sure our personal hygiene is taken care of and then work towards a full recovery from the impacts of COVID-19!