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Singapore receives shipment of bedding items from Indonesia for COVID-19 community care facilities

Singapore receives shipment of bedding items from Indonesia for COVID-19 community care facilities

A shipment of bedding items from Indonesia on Apr 22, 2020, to be used at Singapore’s community care facilities housing COVID-19 patients with milder symptoms. (Photo: Temasek Foundation)

SINGAPORE: Singapore has received a shipment of bedding items from Indonesia, to be used at facilities set up to house COVID-19 patients with milder symptoms.

The 4,500 items comprise bed frames, mattresses, mattress covers, bed sheets, pillows, pillow cases and blankets, said Temasek Foundation in a media statement on Wednesday (Apr 22).

"Over the past weeks, Temasek Foundation has been working in close partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Singapore to support the response to managing the COVID-19 pandemic," the statement said.

The items, ordered by Temasek Foundation, will be used to supplement the existing supply at community isolation facilities like Singapore Expo.

The foundation added that urban and infrastructure consultancy firm Surbana Jurong played an "integral role" in setting up the facility.

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Ngurah Swajaya, Ambassador of Indonesia to Singapore, presenting bedding items on Apr 22, 2020, to be used in Singapore's Singapore’s community care facilities. (Photo: Temasek Foundation)

The shipment of these items was facilitated by Indonesia's embassy in Singapore, with more to be delivered depending on future needs, according to Temasek Foundation.

"In these challenging times faced by the global community to manage the COVID-19 situation, staying united and helping one another to emerge stronger is crucial," the foundation said. 

"Temasek Foundation is appreciative of the show of solidarity and support from Indonesia for extending a helping hand to procure bedding sets for use at Singapore’s community care facilities."

The facility at Singapore Expo, which opened on Apr 10, is one of two set up in Singapore to cater to two types of COVID-19 patients - recovering patients and "early patients"

As of Wednesday noon, the number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore stands at 10,141. 

Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect clarifications from Temasek Foundation regarding the procurement process for the bedding items.

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Source: CNA/ac(rw)

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