News reports on COVID-19

25 March 2020 | General News
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March 2020

1 Apr 2020

NUS Experts highlight the crucial need to limit community transmission of coronavirus cases, alongside the importance of heightened social responsibility and cooperation.  To read more, click here.

1 Apr 2020

"It is most critical that financial institutions demonstrate their social responsibility in such times as the gestures will be remembered long after the difficult episode,” said NUS Business School's Associate Professor Lawrence Loh in response to latest measures rolled out to ease COVID-19 financial strains. To read more, click here.

1 Apr 2020

Associate Professor Lawrence Loh from NUS Business School predicts a further decline in consumer and business loans given the economic climate caused by the coronavirus.  To read more, click here.

1 Apr 2020

Professor Sherri Kimes, Visiting Professor of Analytics and Operations at the NUS Business School, pointed out lessons from the hospitality industry on coping with an economic downturn in light of COVID-19. To read more, click here.

1 Apr 2020

NUS Experts explain why contact tracing is critical in identifying and stemming clusters of linked coronavirus cases.  To read more, click here.

31 Mar 2020

“All the things that Singapore has in place, any country under lockdown will need to do these, or implement these during lockdown, so that they can be safe afterwards,” commented Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. To read more, click here.

31 Mar 2020

“Some 80 per cent of the 100m migrants that went home to another province [for the lunar new year holiday] have returned to their place of work, but even for them it is not clear whether they have their jobs back,” said Professor Bert Hofman, Director of the NUS East Asian Institute. To read more, click here.

30 Mar 2020

Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang, Infectious Diseases Programme leader at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, pointed out that COVID-19 demands a relook at treatment strategies for other slow-spreading pandemics, such as tuberculosis, that still affect us.  To read more, click here.

30 Mar 2020

Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine says lockdowns only buy response time, but are not a solution to eradicating the virus.  Watch the interview here.

30 Mar 2020

Assistant Professor Hannah Clapham from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, suggested five considerations to devising an effective coronavirus strategy.  To read more, click here.

30 Mar 2020

NUS experts weigh in on the possible risk factors of COVID-19, while stressing that more than 80 per cent of cases overall are still considered mild. To read more, click here.

29 Mar 2020

Experts from NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health say workplace distancing is far more effective in reducing the spread of the COVID-19 than school closures. To read more, click here.

28 Mar 2020

A team from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health said workplace distancing, quarantine and school closures combined give the best outcome, an approach that should be immediately deployed. To read more, click here.

28 Mar 2020

Mr Marcus Chua, a mammal scientist from the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, said despite spending his 36th birthday quarantined in hotel, "It's a brilliant move to support the hospitality industry and keep the pandemic at bay." To read more, click here.

28 Mar 2020

Associate Professor Tan Ern Ser from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy noted that during periods of isolation people are able to maintain social closeness despite physical distance. "We may have nothing to do with the neighbour who lives right next door, but we are in close touch every day with friends who live on the other side of the globe." To read more, click here.

28 Mar 2020

What it's like serving a stay-home notice in a hotel? NUS student Claudia Wu will be serving her 14-day stay-home notice in Swissôtel Stamford. To read more, click here.

27 Mar 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health: "Just as a chain is only as strong as its weakest link, so the failure of a single country to contain COVID-19 heightens the global risk. Countries with stronger health systems must now urgently assist their weaker counterparts, which in turn should readily accept any aid that helps them tackle this deadly global threat." To read more, click here.

27 Mar 2020

Referring to the upcoming Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021, Dr Jinna Tay from NUS Communications and New Media, said, "It will be hard to say which organisations will be left standing after COVID-19, as many industries and businesses will be hit hard and some may not be able to pay the advertising and sponsor costs." To read more, click here.

27 Mar 2020

From exercise to bird-watching, Mr Marcus Chua from the NUS Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum plans to enjoy comforts of home while on a stay-home notice in a hotel. To read more, click here.

27 Mar 2020

“U.S.-China relations were on the decline long before the pandemic started. But it's really the mutual animosity that's only increased since the outbreak,” said Visiting Senior Research Fellow Mr Drew Thompson from the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. To read more, click here.

27 Mar 2020

S$48.4b more to fight pandemic, with up to S$17b from reserves. Professor Sumit Agarwal from the NUS Business School said the new "bold stimulus package" should give confidence to corporate leaders, employees, and financial markets. To read more, click here.

27 Mar 2020

How Singapore and South Korea deal with coronavirus quarantine measures: “People can go on with their daily life with some social distances here in Singapore,” said Associate Professor Vernon Lee from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. To read more, click here.

27 Mar 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health answers how attention to other major illnesses (like cancer) have been affected by COVID-19. To read more, click here.

26 Mar 2020

Having successfully cultured COVID-19 from an infected patient’s clinical sample, Professor Wang Linfa, director of the Emerging Infectious Disease Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School believes they are one step closer to finding a cure. Listen to the podcast here.

26 Mar 2020

Scientists from Duke-NUS Medical School are studying genes to fast-track the development of a coronavirus vaccine. Watch the interview here.

26 Mar 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, disagreed with the use of the word lockdown for Singapore. To read more, click here.

25 Mar 2020

Latest study co-authored by Associate Professor Alex Cook, Vice Dean (Research) at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, proves social distancing is effective in keeping the spread of COVID-19 under control. To read more, click here.

25 Mar 2020

NUS experts weigh in on the rise of young adults exposed to COVID-19, and the need for higher penalties to deter flouting of stay-home notices. To read more, click here.

25 Mar 2020

Professor Wang Linfa, Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at the Duke-NUS Medical School, shared his views in a panel discussion on hygiene during this critical period. To read more, click here.

25 Mar 2020

In a race to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, Professor Ooi Eng Eong, Deputy Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School, aims to complete phase 1 clinical trials and start testing on larger trials. To read more, click here.

24 Mar 2020

"People are willing to accept draconian and intrusive measures that they normally would not have because of the pandemic," said Professor Zheng Yongnian from the East Asian Institute at the NUS. To read more, click here.

24 Mar 2020

“Until Italy, Korea and Iran happened, Singapore was the worst outside China. Why didn't we feel that way? Because the government is very transparent and because we are so effective in tracing and isolating every case," said Professor Wang Linfa, Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at the Duke-NUS Medical School. To read more, click here.

24 Mar 2020

Professor Teo Yik Ying, Dean at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, explains how obstacles to widespread coronavirus testing can be overcome. To read more, click here.

24 Mar 2020

Commenting that China’s actions prevented hundreds of thousands of cases and thousands of deaths, Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine said, “I can look at the trajectory it had and the trajectory that appeared after January 23rd, and there’s no doubt.” To read more, click here.

23 Mar 2020

Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine has issued a dire warning about the weeks and months ahead for Australia, saying “this is just the beginning” of the coronavirus crisis. To read more, click here.

23 Mar 2020

In order to dissuade Singaporeans from travelling, Dr Jeremy Lim, co-director of global health at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, suggests a blanket ban with an appeal process for genuine exceptions may be expedient. To read more, click here.

23 Mar 2020

Dr Jeremy Lim, co-director of global health at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, described the Singapore government’s new ban on tourists as part of its incremental, measured approach. To read more, click here.

22 Mar 2020

"Singapore has invested heavily in capacity development and infrastructure to deal with such outbreaks in the past 10 to 15 years, including increasing intensive care capacity and patient isolation facilities, building experience in infectious diseases," said Assistant Professor Clarence Tam, from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. To read more, click here.

22 Mar 2020

How Singapore waged war on coronavirus: “We used the lead time that China gave us by its massive shutdown to really refine our readiness,” commented Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. To read more, click here.

22 Mar 2020

Professor Zheng Yongnian from the NUS East Asian Institute believes that international cooperation is vital to pushing the virus back. To read more, click here.

21 Mar 2020

In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, there is a chance that Singapore’s food security strategies will be tested. Dr Cecilia Tortajada, Senior Research Fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy’s Institute of Water Policy, noted Singapore's high ranking in food security, attributing this to its ability to ensure the safety, availability and affordability of food. To read more, click here.

21 Mar 2020

“I suspect COVID-19 will force a rethink of national strategies for pharmaceutical procurement," said Dr Jeremy Lim, co-director of the global health program at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. To read more, click here.

21 Mar 2020

On Singapore’s success in the fight against COVID-19, Dr Jeremy Lim, co-director of global health at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health said, "The experience of SARS is viscerally seared into the individual as well as the collective consciousness.” To read more, click here.

21 Mar 2020

South Korea’s extensive coronavirus testing and resulting data provides us with a “useful picture” of the virus, even if not the “whole picture”, said Professor Ooi Eng Eong, Deputy Director of the Programme in Emerging Infectious Diseases, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. To read more, click here.

21 Mar 2020

Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine pointed out that if COVID-19 infections continue to rise and show no signs of abating, Singapore’s strategy will have to evolve. He shared about why children seem less affected by the coronavirus, and also provided advice in a series of comics aimed at educating the public about COVID-19. To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine talked about why lockdowns are important, what countries with less resources can do, and what his biggest concern is currently about the pandemic. To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

“We are going to see massive restructuring of supply chains,” said NUS Business School Visiting Senior Fellow Alex Capri. To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

Professor Dale Fisher: "Singapore succeeded in containing coronavirus. How did they do it?". To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

Professor C Raja Mohan, Director of the NUS Institute of South Asian Studies, argues that, “For the large tech companies, this is a huge opportunity to deploy their immense capabilities to resolve the specific problems posed by the spread of the coronavirus.” To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

NUS experts believe COVID-19 can be defeated without resorting to such an extreme measure with heavy costs. To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

Rapid testing and isolation of suspected cases, and painstaking tracing of contacts, helped by police, surveillance videos and ATM records, have helped prevent a worse local outbreak," said Tikki Pangestu, a visiting professor at the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy. To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

China 'still at risk of second wave of coronavirus cases' despite first day with no domestic cases. To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

"I think the biggest (difference) is that we didn’t let positive patients back into the community,” said Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine when commenting on Singapore's comparatively low infection rate. To read more, click here.

20 Mar 2020

Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine spoke to the Independant about the how the US and Europe can learn from past Asia pandemics to beat coronavirus. To read more, click here.

19 Mar 2020

While lockdowns appear to be the preferred way to deal with COVID-19, they must be well timed and complement other strategies, claim NUS experts. To read more, click here.

19 Mar 2020

Associate Professor Alex Cook, Vice Dean (Research) at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, says that without tough steps, Singapore might have 5,000 cases by now. To read more, click here.

19 Mar 2020

A variety of different combinations of interventions aimed at “flattening the epidemic curve” have popped up around the world, but time is needed for these to bear fruit, say the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health’s Hsu Li Yang and Natasha Howard. To read more, click here.

18 Mar 2020

Speaking about the strategies employed by South Korea, Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, commented, “In one sense, we should expect that clusters of cases will inevitably pop up in large countries as the pandemic progresses, particularly where social distancing interventions have not been extreme.” To read more, click here.

18 Mar 2020

Professor Danny Quah from the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy and other leading economists from around the world are calling for swift policy action to mitigate the economic damage from the global pandemic. To read more, click here.

18 Mar 2020

Professor Dale Fisher from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine explains why Singapore’s response to the coronavirus has been held up by many around the world as a model. To read more, click here.

17 Mar 2020

Dr Carol Soon from the NUS Centre for Trusted Internet and Community and the NUS Institute of Policy Studies speaks about how to fight an information avalanche during COVID-19. To read more, click here.

13 Mar 2020

The COVID-19 situation has seen large outbreaks, and is now a pandemic. There are some scenarios as to how this will play out, say Dr Jyoti Somani and Professor Paul Ananth Tambyah from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. To read more, click here.

12 Mar 2020

'Over-reacting is better than non-reacting' - Academics around the world, including Professor Yik-Ying Teo, Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at NUS, share thoughts on coronavirus for the World Economic Forum. To read more, click here.

9 Mar 2020

Prof Thomas Coffman, Dean of Duke-NUS Medical School, discusses the potential for coronavirus' spread around the world, and explains the need for quarantines. Watch the interview here.

9 Mar 2020

Humans have faced deadly outbreaks before, and despite medical advances, it’s inevitable we’ll be struck again. Asst Prof Danielle Anderson tells NBC that our modern way of living could be putting us at greater risk than ever before. Watch the interview here.

9 Mar 2020

In a special episode of ‘The Big Story’, The Straits Times’ weekday talk show, a panel of Singapore’s top experts discussed the outlook of COVID-19 for the next three months. Among the thought-leaders on the panel were Prof Tikki Pangestu, Visiting Professor from the NUS Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, and Assoc Prof Hsu Li Yang from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. They discussed the newest cluster at Safra Jurong, when contact tracing and quarantine orders will stop, as well as how soon a vaccine will be available. Watch the discussion here.

9 Mar 2020

Assistant Professor Sharon Sung from Duke-NUS and Adjunct Associate Professor Calvin Fones from the NUS Centre for Biomedical Ethics discuss the global fear pandemic occurring as a result of COVID-19. To read more, click here.

9 Mar 2020

Professor Teo Yik-Ying, Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at NUS, was invited to speak in a seminar hosted by the UK Public Health Rapid Support Team. In his talk, Prof Teo outlined the multi-pronged measures Singapore has put in place in response to COVID-19, and he also discussed some of the challenges ahead. To watch this seminar, click here

2 Mar 2020

NUS has suspended with immediate effect all exchange programmes sending students to Italy. To read more, click here

2 Mar 2020

A study of local COVID-19 patients found that the amount of virus present in a patient is at its highest in the early stages of infection, which is also the most contagious period. Executive Director of the National Centre for Infectious Diseases Professor Leo Yee-Sin, Singapore’s Chief Health Scientist Professor Tan Chorh Chuan and Senior Vice President (Health Innovation & Translation) Professor John Eu-Li Wong have published their observations in the Journal of the American Medical Association on 20 Feb 2020.  To read more, click here

1 Mar 2020

Prof Wang Linfa, Director of the Emerging Infectious Diseases Programme at Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) led a research team to develop a test for COVID-19 antibodies. The research team came up with two tests from samples of the live virus – a quick and dirty one with about 90 per cent accuracy and a recognised gold standard test that requires four to five days in a high level 3 biosafety laboratory. To read more, click here

27 Feb 2020

Developments in the rest of the world can seed subsequent waves of outbreak despite Singapore’s best efforts at preventing further importations, write Assistant Professor Hannah Clapham and Associate Professor Alex R Cook from the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health. To read more, click here.

26 Feb 2020

COVID-19 may be a mild illness for most people, but it is too early to conclude on the death rate and infectivity, according to Assistant Professor Jyoti Somani and Professor Paul Ananth Tambyah from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. To read more, click here

25 Feb 2020

In a world-first, a research team at Duke-NUS Medical School established a link between two COVID-19 clusters in Singapore via serological testing on two cases. To read more, click here. To watch Assistant Professor Danielle Anderson from Duke-NUS explain how the new test works, click here

20 Feb 2020

Researchers from the Lloyd’s Register Foundation Institute for the Public Understanding of Risk at NUS explain that the public should be mindful not to be vectors of misinformation, distrust and anti-social behaviour. To read more, click here

20 Feb 2020

Professor John Eu-Li Wong, Professor Leo Yee Sin and Professor Tan Chorh Chuan share their insights on the issues COVID-19 presents in Singapore, and how they can be overcome. To read more, click here

05 Feb 2020

NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine Assistant Professor Jyoti Somani and Professor Paul Ananth Tambyah say that COVID-19 cases may fall sharply when temperatures in China warm up. To read more, click here