Two new cases of COVID-19 in Singapore were Filipino permanent residents, says Consul General Adrian Bernie C. Candolada from the Philippine Embassy.

It was confirmed that 32 Filipinos were infected with COVID-19 in Singapore, 6 of them were already discharged while the remaining 26 are still confined inside the isolation facilities in the country.

9 out of the 32 confirmed cases were permanent residents, 5 of them have long term pass, 18 are work pass holders including 5 domestic helpers.

The youngest Filipino patient in Singapore with COVID-19 is a 9-year-old boy while the oldest is a 67-year-old woman. Singapore currently has 1,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4 fatalities.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Embassy in Singapore is confident that the government remains on top of the situation.

“The positive part is that the Singapore Government is really on top of the situation. Notice that we only have four fatalities in Singapore. Andaminilangna-discharge namga confirmed cases, so the system is very effective. And we are confident that they can handle the situation right now,” says Candolada.

“The only worrisome now is the increasing number of unlinked cases, which has not reached almost 300. The source is not yet identified, that’s why they have stepped up measures, more stringent ones.”

Singapore has restricted the movement of its people to contain the spread of the disease. Gyms, holy masses, playgrounds were closed and people are advised to stay at home or maintain a one-meter safe distancing.

Filipinos are also effected economically due to this global pandemic.

“Hindi naman ganoon karami but we already received calls. Yung hindi nana-renew ang kontrata. These are not even domestic helpers, mga professionals ito na hindi na-renew ang kon trata and were already given their return tickets. Kaya lang ang problema, naabutan ng cancellation ng mga flights. About 2 or 3 of them asked to help them to get extension to stay here while waiting for [the resumption of] flights,” says Candolada.

The Philippine Embassy is also anticipating that the number of affected OFWs will soon increase.

“Yung ibang mga companies probably, hindina nag-renew ng contracts ng ilang mga workers dahil sinong business ngayon ang hindi affected? So we are anticipating nabakada dami itong cases na ito na hindi ma-renew ang contracts. But this is not just true to Pinoys, many foreign employees will definitely be affected because all the countries are affected by the pandemic,” says Candolada.

Moreover, 40,000 test kits, as well as two ventilators, were donated by Tamasek Foundation through the Philippine Embassy in Singapore.

“We know that all over the world, there is a shortage of ventilators, it’s very important for patients who have difficulty in breathing as a result of the COVID-19 virus that they are assisted by ventilators. It can really make the difference between life and death,” says Philippine Ambassador to Singapore Joseph del Mar Yap.

Additional ventilators were also donated by the Filinvest Development Corporation of the Philippines.

“This equipment is in shortage all over the world, every country is trying to source out their ventilators so every single one we get makes a big difference,” says Yap.

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