As of 22 April 2020, 10am, there are 9,125 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Singapore. On 21 April 2020, there were 1,111 new confirmed cases.
According to MOH, 1,050 new cases are foreign workers living in dormitories, while 33 are work permit holders residing outside dormitories.
20 of the remaining cases are Singaporeans and Permanent Residents.
3 New Clusters
- The Jovell construction site (27 Flora Drive)
- Pesko Engineering (2 Joo Koon Road)
- 5 Sungei Kadut Avenue
Circuit Breaker Extended?!
Yep, PM Lee announced in his speech on 21 April 2020 that the CB will be extended to 1 June 2020.
In addition, stricter measures will be in place with effect from 22 April 2020 to 4 May 2020, tentatively.
Looks like we would have to continue to play our part by staying at home for another month! But rest assured that your efforts will all pay off soon enough!
Let’s take a look at the effectiveness of the CB the past few days:
We can see a significant drop in the number of local community cases. So, on the bright side, with the extended CB, we can hopefully see the number of local community cases fall to a 0? Fingers crossed!
New Restrictions for popular Markets
NEA has imposed new restrictions on 4 popular markets for a start:
- Geylang Serai Market
- Chong Pang Market (Block 104/105 Yishun Ring Road)
- Block 20/21 Marsiling Lane
- Block 505 Jurong West Street 52
Patrons will only be able to enter on certain days based on the NRIC or FIN numbers.
Based on the last digit of the NRIC/FIN numbers, patrons will be allowed into markets on either even or odd dates. In other words:
- People with 0,2,4,6,8 as the last digit of the NRIC/FIN number: allowed on even dates
- People with 1,3,5,7,9 as the last digit of the NRIC/FIN number: allowed on odd dates
Patrons who fail to present the relevant documents will be denied entry to the markets.
June School Holidays brought forward
The mid-year school holidays, which is usually in June, has now been brought forward to start from 5 May 2020.
Lessons will resume on 2 June 2020, and more details on the format of these lessons – whether they will be physical classes or partial or full home-based learning – will be released at a later date.
These changes mean that Term 3 will be longer, but a one-week mid-term break will be instituted between 20 and 26 July 2020. The third school term will end on 6 September 2020.
Arrangements made for National Examinations
MOE and SEAB announced that the GCE-Level mid-year Mother Tongue Language written examinations will also be rescheduled from 1 to 2 June 2020 to 18 and 19 June 2020
Taking into consideration the mid-term break in July, the listening comprehension examinations for O- and A-Level Mother Tongue Language and Mother Tongue Language B will be rescheduled from 21 and 22 July 2020 to 27 July 2020.
However, Minister of Education reassured graduating students that they will have the opportunity to have face-to-face consultations with their teachers once the “national situation improves”
Good News for students taking PSLE and O Levels this year
In view of the difficult learning situation, MOE has decided to reduce the number of topics tested in the National Examinations!!
- PSLE Maths: pie charts and volume not tested
- O Level Chemistry: organic chemistry not tested
- O Level Maths: vectors not tested
This is probably one of the rare times that topics are taken off the examinations without a change in the syllabus! Hopes this news will enlighten graduating students this year!
Non-essential services extended, affecting more industries
In line with the additional stricter measures, the Government has decided to extend the scope of “non-essential services”.
For the dessert, snacks and bubble tea lovers this is definitely a stab in the heart.
Yep, this means not being able to satisfy your sweet cravings with a snap of your fingers. (You can always make them at home though~)
To know more about the scope of “essential and non-essential services”, click here.