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Why were the measures implemented to prevent the unvaccinated from dining-in or going to the shopping malls?

This is simply because the unvaccinated are 14 times more likely to fall seriously ill or die after getting Covid-19 as compared to the vaccinated. Hence, these differentiated measures are to protect them from getting exposed to the virus and falling seriously ill.

In addition, the unvaccinated are likely to require more medical care if they catch Covid-19, hence posing a higher strain on the healthcare sector.

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Marina Bay

With our vaccination programme on track, Singapore's economy is expected to continue to see a gradual recovery in the second half of the year. The full-year gross domestic product (GDP) forecast is upgraded to between 6.0 and 7.0 per cent.

Recovery is expected to remain uneven. The aviation and tourism-related sectors are projected to recover more slowly than previously expected. A recent Business Times report shared that nine in 10 Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group pilots and eight in 10 cabin crew are back in the skies, flying at least once a month. The fact that many aviation workers are back in the skies offers a glimmer of hope that things to an industry hardest hit by the pandemic.

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HBL no longer default if there is a covid-19 infection

Home-based learning is not a sustainable option as it has its limitations and is disruptive to students' learning and family's schedules. It should be used only as a last resort, Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said. Even when it is applied only to specific levels, the disruption is still significant. It will no longer be the default when there is a COVID-19 infection.

MOE will adopt a risk-based targeted approach instead, that will focus on placing close contacts and students from the same classes or CCA groups under LOA or QO. Placing more classes or levels on HBL remains an option should there be a risk of transmission beyond close contacts.

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school staff tested positive

Schools remain safe places for students, Mr Chan said. Full HBL comes at a significant cost to students' learning as well as emotional and mental wellbeing. Students are not necessarily better off as not all homes have a conducive environment for children. Teachers have to juggle the additional demands of preparing and conducting online lessons while taking care of their families, and parents scramble to make alternative care arrangements.

Going forward, a sustainable solution is a targeted approach to deal with COVID-19 in our schools.

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All the isolation and separation has resulted in a mental health risk to our migrant workers. We can all do our part, by befriending our migrant workers and showing them some kindness and care.

Over the June holidays, more than 150 children banded together to bake cupcakes and cookies for some 7,000 migrant workers, to thank them for helping to build Singapore. This goes to show that you are never too young to contribute or show that you care!

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