COVID-19 and Singapore’s Film and TV Industry: News Roundup for Week of 9 March 2020
True to Sinema’s core goal of supporting the local film and TV industry by being a resource hub, we will be cutting through the deluge of news relating to the Coronavirus flooding Facebook feeds and WhatsApp groups to deliver the daily news most relevant to the industry.
Q&A: What the WHO pandemic declaration means
The new coronavirus outbreak is now a pandemic. So what does that mean?
“Pandemic” has nothing to do with how serious the illness is. It just means a disease is spreading widely.
The head of the World Health Organization, which made the declaration Wednesday, said the U.N. health agency is deeply concerned about the alarming levels of spread.
But at the same time WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made clear the declaration didn’t mean that countries should give up trying to contain the virus, which has infected more than 120,000 people around the world and killed more than 4,300.Read the full article here>>
COVID-19: Singapore Widens Travel Restrictions to Italy, France, Spain, Germany
Singapore will block entry or transit for visitors with travel history to Italy, France, Spain and Germany within the last 14 days, amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in Europe.
The new border restrictions, which take effect on Sunday, 15 March at 11.59pm, come after an increase in imported cases in Singapore, particularly of those with travel history to European countries, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Friday, 13 March.
As of Thursday, nearly 25 per cent of all COVID-19 cases – or 47 cases out of 187 – in Singapore were imported, according to Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.
Ticketed Events With 250 Participants or More to Be Deferred, Cancelled Under COVID-19 Social-Distancing Measures: MOH
All ticketed cultural, sports and entertainment events with 250 participants or more are to be deferred or cancelled, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Friday, March 13.
If tickets have been sold for these events, organisers must demonstrate that satisfactory precautionary measures are in place before they can proceed, the ministry said.
For all other mass gatherings including private functions and religious services, MOH has advised precautions. These include reducing the scale of events to below 250 participants where possible, reducing the crowding of participants and improving ventilation.
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