Quarantine Orders and Telemedicine
Telemedicine Operators Stretched Thin: At least nine telemedicine operators have been brought in to reinforce the Ministry of Health’s handling of the growing number of COVID-19 patients recovering at home.
“I feel sorry for the doctor who was obviously overwhelmed. He came across to me as disoriented… I didn’t want to take up resources so I didn’t contact him again during my home recovery…
"Even though we understand (telemedicine) to be a service for us, we got nothing out of it. No medication was offered even though I reported several symptoms.”
Business and Finance
Working Conditions of Gig Workers: A new advisory committee
has been set up to examine the plight of gig workers, and has stated that it is not ruling out
legislative changes to support gig workers. The committee has identified three priority areas:
- retirement and housing adequacy
- adequate financial protection in case of work injury
- the gap in bargaining power between gig workers and the platforms they work for
DBS Digital Exchange:
Meanwhile, DBS is pushing forward with ambitious plans
for its new cryptocurrency trading platform, the DBS Digital Exchange. The Exchange “hopes to list at least half a dozen security tokens by end-2022”.
Crime and Security
The Ministry of Defence and the Singapore University of Technology and Design have signed a memorandum of understanding
to work together on cybersecurity infrastructure, research and training.
Singapore and the UN
The Reuters Digital News Report 2021 for Singapore is out:
Channel News Asia and Mothership dominate among online outlets in weekly use. The use of print media continues to decline, while the use of Facebook and Whatsapp for news has declined as well. Check out the full report here.