In light of the Wuhan coronavirus that has affected more than 20 countries worldwide, Singapore has been ramping up its efforts to combat its spread locally.
Students from NUS and NTU deliver food to LOA friends three times a day
Apart from government efforts, many Singaporeans have also come forward to support those who are affected.
According to NUS Office of Student Affairs, a total of 18 student leaders from the University Scholars Programme at Cinnamon College have been taking turns to deliver food for the handful of students on Leave of Absence (LOA) in their college.
An Instagram post also revealed that student leaders, residential advisors, resident fellows and Masters from NUS have been delivering food to students on Leave of Absence three times a day, every day. ⠀⠀
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DOS UPDATE #2 – The Proximity of Noses ⠀ ⠀ Dear Students: ⠀ ⠀ [Daily food delivery to student residents on self-quarantine]⠀ ⠀ Today, I joined Resident Advisor (RAD) Tan Tek Min to deliver lunch to the students who are under self-quarantine at an NUS hostel. Together with student leaders, residential advisors, resident fellows and Masters deliver food three times a day, every day. ⠀ ⠀ From tomorrow onwards, these students will also receive a Care Package comprising breakfast items and snacks such as fruits, cookies, potato chips, bread and jam to help them tide over this period of isolation. ⠀ ⠀ All students who deliver food to fellow residents are trained volunteers – some are student leaders who have the position of resident assistants. Others are students who live in the hostel and have stepped up to help. ⠀ ⠀ [Mental wellness of self-quarantined students] ⠀ ⠀ Two weeks confined is difficult – we take every possible measure to make them comfortable during their time in self-quarantine. Beyond the physical comforts, we have also put in place new lines of emotional support through the Student Support Managers and Residential Staff. These staff contact the students regularly to check on their well-being. ⠀ ⠀ We also provide emotional support via the NUS Lifeline +65 6516 7777 ⠀ ⠀ [Severe penalties for non-compliance] ⠀ ⠀ John Stuart Mill writes on Liberty but also on the limits of such liberties: “Your right to swing your fist ends where my nose begins.” At a time when the public interest contests with private liberties, we will find noses are far closer than before...⠀ ⠀ READ THE FULL VERSION ON bit.ly/dos-update (link in bio)⠀ ⠀ Photo Caption: Resident Advisor (RAD) Tan Tek Min takes meal orders and sends them to students who are under self-quarantine. He takes special note of requests from vegetarians and the lactose intolerant. Photo: Sean Tan, (Head, Student Organisations), OSA #wewillnotrun #oneNUS
E-gaming students at NUS have even organised a gaming marathon including the popular “League of Legends” to keep those on Leave of Absence occupied.
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DOS Update #5 – Food, Buses and the Virtual Company of Friends ⠀ ⠀ Dear Students: ⠀ ⠀ [You never leave NUS] ⠀ ⠀ I went to the Eusoff Hall (EH) dance production this weekend. ⠀ ⠀ At the end, the emcee read out a short message from a group of alumni, who collected $6,000 in donations. ⠀ ⠀ “A donation to NUS and the Students of Eusoff Hall: With much encouragement and great admiration for your strong spirit and fortitude in these testing times.” ⠀ ⠀ These times, they are testing, but they also take our measure - and I think we stand tall. ⠀ ⠀ In light of the heightened alerts, attendees had to leave their details at the door for the purpose of contact tracing. The EH event organiser prepared surgical masks for any audience member who required it. There were also big bottles of hand sanitisers. ⠀ ⠀ But the show went on. ⠀ ⠀ Not all events however will take place as usual. ⠀ ⠀ [NUS Career Fest Rescheduling] ⠀ ⠀ NUS Career Fest was rescheduled to 25 and 30 March (from 17 and 20 February). This is a large-scale event with many flying in – about 10,000-12,000 students, industry partners and staff over the two days of NUS Career Fest. There are also recruiters flying in from India, Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan. ⠀ ⠀ “We felt that this was a prudent move to let things stabilise and hold the event in a more conducive timing,” said Anthony Caravello, Chairman, NUS Career Fest Planning Committee, NUS Centre for Future-ready Graduates (CFG) ⠀ In the meantime, CFG’s industry recruitment talks, career development workshops and career advisory sessions are carrying on as normal. Students are still able to apply for the latest job and internship openings on NUS TalentConnect and career+ portals. ⠀ ⠀ [NUS E-Gaming] ⠀ ⠀ What can you do if you are stuck in a room with good wi-fi and a trigger finger? From next week, students on LOA can join a team of five to six and take on the world. The NUS E-Gaming Society… ⠀ ⠀ READ THE FULL VERSION ON bit.ly/dos-update (link in bio) ⠀ Photo 1: E-gaming students at NUS have organised a gaming marathon including the popular “League of Legends” for students on LOA.⠀ Photo 2: EH dance production, Icarus. #wewillnotrun #oneNUS
Similarly, students from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have been delivering food three times a day to their friends who are on Leave of Absence, and have helped to pack and deliver welfare packs with breakfast items and snacks.
Most Singaporeans are helpful, ugly behaviours still a minority
On Feb. 3, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong addressed some of the good and bad behaviours Singaporeans have exhibited since the Wuhan coronavirus hit our shores.
In his ministerial statement that was delivered in Parliament, Wong mentioned that some landlords have been "chasing out tenants on home quarantine or Leave of Absence", while others have been "hoarding and profiteering from the sale of masks."
Fearmongering news such as a list of places in Singapore to avoid have also been spread via WhatsApp, whilst anti-PRC sentiments have emerged both on and offline.
However, he also stated that these ugly behaviours are not representative of the majority of Singaporeans.
"There are many more who are quietly helping our fellow citizens in their own ways. For example, at a house visit over the weekend, I met a resident and asked if he had collected the masks; he replied that he did not need them, and asked for his package to be given to others who were in greater need of these masks."
Residents of various estates have also volunteered to man mask-collection points and distribute these masks to the homes of vulnerable neighbours with mobility issues.
In addition, the crew of Scoot flight TR121 consisted of staff who volunteered to fly back 92 Singaporeans from Wuhan despite the risks of infection.