We see them pulling the long hours even as they know the risks that their jobs demand of them.

While Singapore has put in in place measures to limit the spread of COVID-19, numerous men and women in the public sector are on the frontlines in the fight against the infection.

Our healthcare workers

Doctors, nurses, and other healthcare staff have been working hard to stem the spread and investigate suspect cases.


(Screenshot of Singapore General Hospital's Facebook post, 31 Jan)


(Screenshot of Tan Tock Seng Hospital's Facebook post, 8 Feb )

Healthcare institutions have put in place additional response measures in light of the outbreak.

The Government will do everything we can in this fight against the virus. Many of our officials are going beyond their usual duties to focus on this challenge.
Minister Lawrence Wong, co-chair of the Ministerial Task Force

First responders

The Singapore Civil Defence Force plays a crucial role in the national response of COVID-19. 995 call-takers help screen for suspected COVID-19 cases through a series of questions, and thereafter Emergency Medical Teams are activated.

To ensure the safety of all ambulance crew and users, ambulances are throroughly cleaned and decontaminated after conveying suspected cases to hospital.

SCDF Facebook photo
(Screenshot of SCDF Facebook post, 9 Feb) (Screenshot of SCDF Facebook post, 1 Feb)

Besides being part of the “first response” team, the SCDF also supports temperature screening at checkpoints, COVID-19 swab tests at quarantine facilities, and to manage other quarantine operations.

Protecting our borders

Officers from the Immigrations and Checkpoint Authority (ICA), the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Maritime Port Authority (MPA) are at our land, air and sea checkpoints to ensure that all travellers coming into Singapore have their temperature screened.

Lam Pin Min Facebook photo
(Screenshot of Minister K Shanmugam's Facebook post, 1 Feb)
(Screenshot of SMS Lam Pin Min's Facebook post, 30 Jan)

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, in his speech on 8 Feb, noted that “Whatever the situation, we can each do our part.”

Observe personal hygiene by washing your hands often and properly. Take your temperature twice daily, and if you are not well, avoid crowded places and see a doctor immediately.

Quarantine orders should be followed, and employers should ensure that employees follow Leave Of Absence if they fall into the at-risk groups.

More tips on being socially responsible here.