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Timeline: Managing the outbreak of COVID-19 (2021)

The detection of multiple COVID-19 variants in the local community since the end of April 2021 has put the lion city back to a tighter mode of preventive measures.

Concerned about the pandemic situation, Master Cheng Yen has been continuously appealing to all to adopt a vegetarian diet to show our sincere love and respect for nature and all living beings.  

Here’s a timeline of Tzu Chi’s pandemic prevention effort in the second wave.

  • 10 Apr

    [Confirmed cases: 60633]

    Tzu Chi: Utilisation rate of office space is relaxed
    In line with government's lifting of safety measures, the utilisation rate of office space has been increased from 50% to 75%

  • 29 Apr

    [Confirmed cases: 61120]

    Singapore: Local transmission cases back to double digit
    Singapore records a double digit local transmission cases first time in 9 months. Majority of the cases are linked to a nurse working in Tan Tock Seng Hospital and an ICA officer at Changi Airport.

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  • 30 Apr

    [Confirmed cases: 61155]

    Singapore: Further tightening of safety measures
    Employees who can work from home are encouraged to do so. Social gatherings are limited to not more than 2 per day.

  • 1 May

    [Confirmed cases: 61179]

    Singapore: Tighter measures are taken to prevent the widespread of coronavirus amid outbreak in Tan Tock Seng Hospital
    Visitors who have been to Tan Tock Seng Hospital recently are swabbed.

    Tzu Chi: Volunteers who work as healthcare staff are temporarily barred from participating in offline activities
    As more confirmed cases are linked to the Tan Tock Seng Hospital cluster, volunteers who work as TTSH healthcare staff and visitors who had visited the hospital since 18 April are not allowed to participate in Tzu Chi offline activities from 1 May to 18 May.

  • 4 May

    [Confirmed cases: 61252]

    Tzu Chi: Tzu Chi Da Ai Gallery tightens on the number of visitors
    The number of visitors to the gallery is capped at 10 people with a time limit of 1.5 hours for each session.

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  • 6 May

    [Confirmed cases: 61286]

    Singapore: The number of active clusters in Singapore is now 10
    The latest cluster is at Pasir Panjang Terminal.

    Tzu Chi: Suspension of indoor exercise classes from Tzu Chi Continuing Education Centre
    Yoga class, Chinese Dance class and Somatic Movement Wellness class are suspended from 6 May to 30 May.

  • 8 May

    [Confirmed cases: 61331]

    Singapore: Singapore commences Phase 3 (Hightened Alert) measures
    Social gathering size is cut from 8 to 5. Households can only receive up to 5 visitors per day.

    Tzu Chi: Implementation of Phase 3 (Hightened Alert) safety measures throughout the foundation's establishments
    Workplace capacity is reduced to 50%, down from initial 75%. Employees are divided into team A and B with different team working from home every alternate week. Crowd gathering activities are cancelled until end of May.

  • 9 May

    [Confirmed cases: 61359]

    Tzu Chi: Preventive measures for the Buddha Bathing ceremony is stepped up
    Government regulations are strictly adhered to on this day. The utilisation of level 1 as event space is cancelled, leaving level 3 as the only event space for the Buddha Bathing ceremony.

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  • 10 May

    [Confirmed cases: 61378]

    Singapore: All workers at Changi Airport’s operating terminals and Singapore's seaport will be tested for COVID-19
    With the emergence of the Changi Airport cluster, 9,000 employees at the airport and nearly 4,000 employees at seaport to undergo COVID-19 testing.

    Tzu Chi: Visits limited to one Tzu Chi establishment per day
    In line with the latest preventive measures, each staff and volunteer can only visit one Tzu Chi establishment in one day to reduce the risk of cross infection.

  • 16 May

    [Confirmed cases: 61585]

    Singapore: Singapore returns to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) measures
    Social gathering size is cut from 5 to 2. All workers from non-essential services must work from home.

    Tzu Chi: Implementation of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) safety measures throughout the foundation's establishments
    For details, please refer to the announcement titled "15 May 2021: Changes to current programmes and activities"

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  • 17 May

    [Confirmed cases: 61613]

    Tzu Chi: Caring for the mental wellness of volunteers
    A survey is conducted to understand if any volunteers and their family members have been tested positive in COVID-19 or are close contact with any positive cases. Volunteers are also encouraged to participate in online dharma sharing sessions and lunchtime prayers.

  • 19 May

    [Confirmed cases: 61689]

    Singapore: Students in Singapore return to home-based learning
    Other than pre-schools and student care centres, primary and secondary schools as well as JCs are to move back to full home-based learning. Singapore delays 2nd Covid-19 vaccine dose to 6-8 weeks later to ensure minimum protection for a larger population. The government has approved the vaccination project for 12 to 15 years old.

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  • 20 May

    [Confirmed cases: 61730]

    Singapore: Active clusters exceed 20
    The total active clusters increase to 24 with the addition of 5 news clusters.

  • 25 May

    [Confirmed cases: 61890]

    Singapore: Active clusters exceed 30
    The total number of active clusters is now 30 due to the detection of 2 news clusters and 1 cluster closure.

  • 30 May

    [Confirmed cases: 62028]

    Tzu Chi: A webinar on mental wellness
    Tzu Chi has been holding quarterly webinars on mental wellness with consultant psychiatrist Dr Yeo Seem Huat as the speaker since 21 March. The second webinar goes fully online due to the latest safety measures.

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  • 31 May

    [Confirmed cases: 62051]

    Singapore: Singapore announces three-pronged strategy to control the spread of COVID-19
    First, to conduct faster, more liberal and extensive testing. Second, to ramp up on contact tracing and monitoring of close contacts. Third, to accelerate national COVID-19 vaccination programme.

  • 7 Jun

    [Confirmed cases: 62210]

    Singapore: Singapore reports five new community cases
    The increase in community cases remains at single digit for two consecutive days.

    Tzu Chi: Regular disinfection of workplaces is implemented
    Tzu Chi will conduct large-scale disinfection every two months at all workplaces to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

  • 14 Jun

    [Confirmed cases: 62301]

    Singapore: Singapore gradually reopens to Phase 3 (Heightened Alert)
    The number of people allowed for social gatherings and house visits is now capped at five. The limit on the crowd size for large scale events such as religious gatherings and other ceremonies is increased.

    Tzu Chi: Implementation of Phase 3 (Stage 1) safety measures

  • 17 Jun

    [Confirmed cases: 62366]

    Singapore: The highest number of community cases is recorded today since 29 May
    The new cluster found in Bukit Merah wet market and hawker centre is now the third largest active cluster in Singapore with a total of 57 cases.

    Tzu Chi: Live broadcast of vegetarian programme
    Volunteers promote a plant-based diet for the fourth season through Facebook live broadcast.

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  • 18 Jun

    [Confirmed cases: 62382]

    Tzu Chi: More stringent safety measures to be adopted at Tzu Chi Free Clinic (Redhill)
    Tzu Chi Free Clinic (Redhill) is situated near Redhill Market & Food Centre. Four primary preventive measures are adopted to prevent the spread of the virus:
    (1) Staff to buy COVID self-test kits for DIY tests;
    (2) Patients who have visited areas with COVID cases must display negative test results before allowed to enter the clinic;
    (3) Disinfection of the clinic;
    (4) Volunteers are strictly prohibited from reporting for duty at the clinic.

  • 21 Jun

    [Confirmed cases: 62430]

    Singapore: Singapore enters Phase 3A (Heightened Alert) of reopening
    Dining in resumes but in groups of two instead of five. Groups with more than two people from different households are not allowed to split into more tables of two.

    Tzu Chi: Increase in the frequency of workplace disinfection
    Weekly workplace disinfection will be conducted to reduce the spread of the virus. The study area at Humanistic Youth Centre is opened to two-person per group.

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  • 23 Jun

    [Confirmed cased: 62470]

    Tzu Chi: Suspension of Medical Services at Tzu Chi Free Clinic (Redhill)
    With the latest escalation of the COVID-19 situation in the Redhill vicinity, the medical services at our Free Clinic (Redhill) will be suspended from 23 June to 4 July (Sunday).

  • 1 Jul

    [Confirmed cases: 62589]

    Tzu Chi: Operations and activities are adjusted accordingly for P3A(HA)

  • 12 Jul

    [Confirmed cases: 62718]

    Singapore: An emergence of a new KTV cluster is announced by MOH. Dining-in resumed to groups of 5.
    A new KTV cluster was announced by MOH today, and special testing operations would be conducted for all staff at the involved entertainment outlets. Free COVID-19 testing would also be extended to people who had visited these entertainment outlets, similar KTV lounges or clubs operating as F&B outlets.

  • 16 Jul

    [Confirmed cases: 62913]

    Singapore: Closure of all nightlife establishments which had pivoted to operate as F&B outlets
    All nightlife establishments that had pivoted to operate as food and beverage outlets would have to close for two weeks. This would affect more than 400 such businesses, said MOH. During the suspension period, all employees would be tested for COVID-19.

  • 19 Jul

    [Confirmed cases: 63245]

    Singapore: Dining-in back to groups of 2, groups of 5 only if fully vaccinated
    Due to the rise in community cases linked to the KTV and Jurong Fishery Port clusters, there would be further tightening of measures.

    Tzu Chi: Implementation of new safety measures

  • 22 Jul

    [Confirmed cases: 63791]

    Singapore: First day of return to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert)
    Dining-in to be suspended and group sizes for social gatherings to be capped at two people as Singapore returns to Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) to combat a rise in local COVID-19 cases. This would be in place from July 22 to Aug 18.

    Tzu Chi: Implementation of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) safety measures

  • 25 Jul

    [Confirmed cases: 64179]

    Tzu Chi: Hosting of a webinar on mental wellness
    Tzu Chi has been holding quarterly webinars on mental wellness with consultant psychiatrist Dr Yeo Seem Huat as the speaker since 21 March. The third webinar goes fully online due to the latest safety measures.

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  • 26 Jul

    [Confirmed cases: 64314]

    Tzu Chi: Volunteers and staff are encouraged to get vaccinated
    Each staff and volunteer must have received at least one dose of vaccination to attend volunteer activities. Volunteers and staff serving at Tzu Chi's medicine, education and Jing Si outlets and are yet vaccinated are required to conduct a COVID self-test every two weeks.

  • 8 Aug

    [Confirmed cases: 65764]

    Tzu Chi: Launching of COVID-19 fundraising campaign to send help to Malaysia
    Tzu Chi Singapore launches the "Tzu Chi Malaysia COVID-19 Relief Works 2021" fundraising campaign which lasts for two months until 9 October to raise SGD 500k. (Campaign Page)

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  • 10 Aug

    [Confirmed cases: 65890]

    Singapore: Easing of COVID-19 measures for fully vaccinated people from today
    Dining-in resumes for fully vaccinated people in groups of 5. For hawker centres and coffee shops, dining-in will be allowed for all in groups of 2 regardless of vaccination status. Social gatherings increased to groups of 5 for all, although unvaccinated people are encouraged to remain in groups of 2.


(Last updated on 13 Aug 2021)