Lest you’ve forgotten, today is the first day of May, and also a public holiday. It’s common for us to forget minute details when every day feels the same.
Exactly one month again, we officially hit the 1,000 mark, whereby we had 74 cases, with 20 of them imported and 54 local transmissions.
How the world has changed in a month.
We’re now all staying at home, 1K mark is now common even for daily cases and…we’ve got much less local transmissions now.
Today, we have 932 cases.
That means we now have a total of 17,101 cases in Singapore.
5 of these cases are Singaporeans or Singapore PRs. A majority of the reported cases are migrant workers living in dormitories.
Based on yesterday’s numbers, on average, the number of new cases has dropped, from an average of 25 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 14 per day in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of 17 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 7 per day in the past week.
While the numbers look good, MOH has unfortunately reported the youngest death due to COVID-19 infection yesterday: she’s a 58-year-old Singaporean who was tested positive on 26 March 2020. This brings the total number of deaths in Singapore to 15.
Malaysia “Opens Up” MCO
Malaysia first started its partial lockdown, known as Movement Control Order (MCO), from 18 March 2020. It has been extended a few times, and was initially due to end on 12 May 2020.
However, it’s announced today that the country is going to open “almost all” economic sectors from Monday (4 May 2020).
This is of course not the end of the MCO; there would still be protocols and SOPs, and social distancing measures would still be implemented. Also, not all businesses would open; businesses or events that involve mass gathering like cinemas, karaoke lounges, reflexology centres, nightclubs, Ramadan bazaars, Hari Raya Aidilfitri bazaars, sale carnivals, conferences or exhibitions.
The golden number for gathering? 10.
However, religious activities such as Friday prayers and other prayers in congregation in mosques will not be permitted.
PM Lee yesterday said that for Singapore, when the Circuit Breaker is over, we will also gradually open up the economy, and some sectors would open up later.
Sounds familiar everywhere?
If you’d have realised, most countries are same same but different: globally, countries are slowly lifting restrictions in recent days while still practising social distancing.
So for all you know, we might finally be able to have bubble tea soon.
Remember: we’re now just 4 days away from 5 May 2020, the date that we initially thought would be the day of freedom.
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