COVID-19 Update (25 March) - Theo10 l Made-In-Singapore Skincare Products

To provide an updated summary and list of what has happened to countries last week, we have compiled a list and information below together with the latest information:

Number of countries going lockdown has increased which includes our neighbouring country Malaysia.

China, Denmark, El Salvador, France, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Poland, and Spain have implemented the world’s largest and most restrictive mass quarantines.

 More than 8,700 people have died and over 212,000 have been infected by the coronavirus worldwide. Wuhan, China, where the virus first appeared, has been locked down for more than six weeks, and many other Chinese cities still face travel restrictions.

Italy has been locked down,restricting travel, leisure, work, churchgoing, and other aspects of life for its 60 million citizens and has the highest coronavirus death toll in the world outside China: At least 35,700 people have been infected and nearly 3,000 have died there as of 22 March.

Belgium became the latest EU country to introduce a lockdown on Wednesday, joining France, Italy and Spain.

 At least 11,900 people across the world have died from the disease according to the latest data and Europe has now been dubbed the “epicentre of the epidemic” by the World Health Organisation.

 Italy has been particularly affected, accounting for more than 70% of the bloc’s fatalities, and is now on track to surpass China’s own deadly toll.

Singapore

  • As of 23 March 2020, Singapore has confirmed 54 new Covid-19 cases, including 48 that are imported which is the highest number of imported cases Singapore recorded in a day so far.
  • Singapore has also recorded her first 2 deaths on 21 March 2020. Victims are a 75 year old woman and 64 year old Indonesian man, with the former having to spend 26 days in ICU before passing on.
  • On 23 March, the Government announced that all travellers arriving in Singapore – including Singapore citizens, permanent residents and long-term pass holders – must submit an online health declaration before proceeding with immigration clearance. 
  • The imported cases had travelled to Europe, North America and South-east Asia.
  • The remaining six cases announced on 23 March are currently not linked to travel or previous cases and contact tracing is ongoing. 
  • This brings the total number of infected patients here to 509, of which 15 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
  • 8 more cases have been discharged, bringing the number of discharged and fully recovered cases to 152.
  • On 24 March 2020, the Singapore government announced the ban of the gathering of more than 10 people. This is the first time the Singapore government has implemented such drastic measures.
  • As such, from Friday 27 March 2020 onwards, bars, cinemas and other entertainment venues will be banned until April.
  • The 10-person limit on public gatherings includes birthday parties and weddings, and can be enforced by venues hosting the gatherings.
  • Tuition and Enrichment centres will also be closed to prevent students from intermingly from different schools.
  • Those flouting the measures will face action ranging from warnings to having their licences revoked, while they could also face prosecution and a fine of up to S$10,000 (US$7,000) and/or six months in jail.
  • Singapore has also ramped up the measures of social distancing by using tapes to create a distance from the other on the floor in shopping malls and ATM machines.

Malaysia

  • As of 23 March 2020, Malaysia saw 212 new infections, the biggest daily increase which brought the total cases to 1,518
  • The death toll from the coronavirus rose to 14.
  • Malaysia will decide next week whether its two-week restricted movement order (RMO) to contain the coronavirus outbreak needs to be extended beyond the end of the month, as the country reported its biggest daily jump in infections.
  • The government will also unveil a second stimulus package in as many months, as it seeks to contain the economic fallout of both the global pandemic and tanking oil prices.
  • On March 25, Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said in a special address that the government decided on the two-week extension of border closures and shutdowns for non-essential businesses, as the number of new Covid-19 infections “is expected to continue for a while before new cases begin to reduce”.
  • Malaysia’s nationwide movement restrictions to stem the spread of the coronavirus have been extended from March 31 to April 14, as infections have not been reduced.

USA

  • On 20 March, The USA  declared a public health emergency and temporarily banning the entry of foreign nationals who had travelled to China over the past two weeks to contain the spread of a deadly new virus.
  • Sweeping new restrictions will also be imposed on American citizens, with those returning from the province at the disease’s epicentre placed in facilities for mandatory 14-day quarantines.
  • US citizens coming from other parts of China will undergo health screening at ports of entry and then be placed under monitored self-quarantine at home.
  • At least 400 people have died due to the novel coronavirus in the United States, another grim milestone as the number of US cases topped 32,000 on 22 March 2020.
  • Almost half of those cases — 15,168 — were in New York state, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday morning that an estimated 40% to 80% of residents could get the coronavirus over the course of the pandemic.
  • Millions of people in at least eight states face orders by their governors aimed at keeping them home to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.
  • Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards also issued a “stay at home” order Sunday afternoon, effective 23 March at 5 p.m. The order will expire the night of April 12, when the governor plans to reevaluate the situation.
  • On 24 March 2020, the first known death of a child due to the novel coronavirus in the United States was reported,despite the disease not typically proving severe for juveniles.The death of a “youth under the age of 18” from Lancaster, just north of Los Angeles, was confirmed in a statement by county health officials.
  • On 25 March 2020,with more than 25,000 positive tests and 210 deaths, New York has become the epicenter of coronavirus cases in the United States, but in recent days, the numbers in Louisiana, New Jersey and several other states also have been skyrocketing.
  • With more than 25,000 positive tests and 210 deaths, New York Louisiana, which reported no cases until mid-March, topped the 1,000 mark and the state has seen more than 500 new cases reported since the weekend, with 1,388 cases and 46 deaths by March 24 afternoon.

  • New Jersey added more than 800 cases from 23 March to 24 March, for a total of 3,675 positive tests and 44 deaths. That makes New Jersey the second-highest state case total in the nation. Last week alone, New Jersey cases increased tenfold.

Belgium

  • Belgium’s nationwide self-isolation policy is to run until April 5, longer than the 15-day lockdown currently imposed in France and Spain. 
  • Residents must stay at home unless they need to go to work, supermarkets, health facilities or visit people in need. They are also allowed to step out for physical activity.

France

  • The lockdown in France is similar to the one in Belgium, except physical activity is to be done alone.
  • Gatherings of any kind have also been banned with Prime Minister Edouard Philippe stressing on Tuesday evening that people should not attend funerals of friends or loved ones during the lockdown, recognising that it may be “horrible to hear”.
  • But three days into the lockdown, criticism is mounting in France with accusations of police brutality. 

  • French citizens are being asked to justify their movements with a form they must present to authorities. Failure to do so or if they’re deemed further away from home than strictly necessary can result in a fine of €135.
  • Interior Minister Christophe Castaner said on Wednesday evening that more than 4,000 such fines had been dished out on the first day of verbalisation.
  • Officials in France have already indicated that the lockdown could be extended past the initial 15-day period.

Italy

  • Italy was the first EU member state to introduce lockdowns. Northern regions were the first to be concerned by confinement measures which were extended across the country last week.
  • More than 43,000 people have so far been found to have violated containment measures, according to figures released on Wednesday by the ministry of interior.

Ireland

  • The Republic of Ireland is expected to introduce emergency legislation on Thursday to allow for a state of emergency and lockdowns.

UK

  • British parliamentarians have also approved emergency legislation that paved the way for a lockdown.
  • On 22 March,, Boris Johnson asked the British public to follow official advice – stay home as much as possible, stay two meters apart – and announced that those who are identified by the NHS as “clinically vulnerable” should stay at home for 12 weeks. He did not announce a general lockdown.
  • In London, the epicentre of the British outbreak, 40 tube stations were closed on Thursday with Mayor Sadiq Khan urging Londoners to heed the government’s advice on social distancing.
  • Downing Street moved to assuage fears that a lockdown could be imposed on the capital saying in a statement that “there are no plans to close down the transport network in London and there is zero prospect of any restrictions being placed on travelling in and out of London.”
  • The British Ministry of Defence has also announced that an additional 10,000 military personnel, including reservists, were being put on standby to support public services.
  • On 20 March evening, Boris Johnson announced that cafés, pubs and restaurants had to close in the evening in strengthened measures against the spread of COVID-19.

Germany 

  • Berlin has so far eschewed a federal lockdown. It has warned that curfews could otherwise be imposed. 
  • Shortly before announcing on Sunday that she was to quarantine herself after being in contact with a doctor who tested positive, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that all gatherings of more than two people will be banned in Germany “for at least two weeks” to stop the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  •  German citizens are asked to stand 1,5 meter apart while restaurants and hairdressing salons will be closed, she said.
  •  Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer also announced on Thursday that 2,300 reservists and 900 “health reservists” had been mobilised. 
  • Bavaria became the first of the country’s 16 states to introduce a lockdown on Friday with restrictions similar to the ones introduced in Belgium and France including the closure of all restaurants and bars except those offering delivery services.

Adapted from:

https://www.euronews.com/2020/03/19/coronavirus-which-countries-are-under-lockdown-and-who-s-next

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/54-new-coronavirus-cases-in-spore-in-highest-single-day-spike-48-cases-imported

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/