As the start of a new decade and a restart to the Chinese Zodiac cycle, 2020 had all the promise of prosperity and new beginnings. And while it did bring change, it wasn’t exactly what most of us had expected when setting our intentions for the new year.
With COVID-19 continuing to dominate news headlines around the world, the equally serious phenomenon of dengue fever in Singapore has taken a backseat.
Just last week, dengue infections in Singapore have surged past the 10,000 mark, with 870 cases in the first week of June; being the largest outbreak year recorded in Singapore’s recent history. Yet, there are no signs of slowing down. The National Environment Agency (NEA) has warned that the hot and wet conditions suitable for the growth of the Aedes mosquito population are likely to last till October.
The past number of months living through the COVID-19 pandemic, has surfaced some deep and fundamental problems in the world around us. Businesses and organisations mobilised crisis plans or conjured something ad-hoc to deal with the changes. In a PWC survey conducted in April, 77% of CFOs are looking at cost containment measures, and 65% are thinking of deferring or cancelling investments – digital transformation included.
Since the onset of coronavirus in the country, Singapore has experienced changes in regulations week on week. In this post from ‘The changing behaviour series’ we take a step back to observe how Singaporeans have adapted their daily habits over the past 4 months.
Singapore won praise from the World Health Organisation (WHO) for its early response to address the nation’s concerns and anxieties when it first raised alerts to DORSCON Orange on February 6, 2020. With many countries currently implementing lockdown measures and shelter at home policies, Singapore has implemented “circuit breaker” measures – closing down non-essential services – from now until May 4.