Covid-19 (or Coronavirus Disease) originated from Wuhan City, China with its first reported case on 17 November 2019. This novel virus subsequently arrived in Singapore on the 23 January 2020 through a Chinese national from Wuhan.
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COVID-19 has infected more than 400,000 people in 198 countries and territories to date. As of 25 March 2020, Singapore has 404 active cases which is predicted to surge in the coming weeks with more Singaporeans returning from overseas. The local DORSCON alert level is currently code ORANGE.
This global epidemic has led to widespread fear and panic buying in many countries, including Singapore. In an attempt to curb COVID-19 transmission, the government of countries such as China and Italy among others, has lockdown their country. Other measures such as contact tracing, social distancing and cluster investigation have also been implemented.
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Besides, its extensive impact also includes a slowing global economy with dampened consumer demands and slumped businesses. With a travel restriction and stay-at-home advisory in place, Singapore no longer receives tourists and local residents are limiting their daily activities. Singapore’s GDP is mainly sustained by tourism and the F&B and retail industries are amongst the worst-affected. Business closures might soon be inevitable. Our economy have already shrunk a 2.2% in the first quarter of 2020.
Keeping Hope Alive
Aside from Singapore, China, the U.S. and many other countries are making a concerted effort in researching for a COVID-19 treatment. ANTFI sincerely hopes that this pandemic will abate soon and businesses can resume.