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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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Employers should not make COVID vaccination mandatory for staff but they may make vaccination a requirement as part of company policy for those in higher-risk settings.

This requirement may be imposed at the point of recruitment or advertisement for new hires into work settings with a higher risk of COVID infection. However, existing staff who decline to be vaccinated cannot be fired.

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Government makes advance purchase of Sotrovimab from GSK & Vir Bio

Sotrovimab is an investigational single-dose monoclonal antibody used for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 who do not require oxygen supplementation and who are at risk of progressing to severe COVID-19.

In vitro data indicate that sotrovimab maintains activity against all known variants of concern, including the Alpha (B.1.1.7), Beta (B.1.351), Gamma (P.1), and Delta (B.1.617.2) variants.

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COVID-19 will likely be endemic

COVID-19 will likely be endemic. With vaccination, the risk of infection and transmission are low. Infected people can self-isolate at home.

We already have an effective range of treatments which explains the low mortality rate here. Our researchers actively participate in the development of new treatments. The focus will shift from monitoring the daily number of infections to outcomes: how many fall very sick, how many in the intensive care unit, how many need to be intubated for oxygen, and so on. This is also how influenza is monitored.

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Chan Chun SIng

The government is looking to create a new generation of jobs in advanced manufacturing that will make full use of talent and potential. Education Minister Chan Chun Sing said the government's definition of success is how students can go beyond the Institutes of Higher Learning to keep learning and improving, and stay at the forefront of the manufacturing sector," he said.

"We are interested in helping our students become lifelong learners and get on to a new trajectory that will allow them to stay competitive in the years to come," Mr Chan said. 

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