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Singapore Launches SARS-TV - 2003-05-20


There are many different strategies that countries are taking to combat SARS. Singapore is set to launch a television channel devoted entirely to SARS, in another move to combat the flu-like virus in the city. Kim Russell has the story.

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The channel to be launched on Wednesday will be jointly run by Singapore State Television, a large media corporation and a telecommunications firm.

The companies involved in the channel said it would be geared to informing and educating Singaporeans about SARS. And that’s what many in Singapore want.

UNIDENTIFED SINGAPOREAN MAN
"They should give the latest updates, how to protect people from getting SARS, how to... what other precautions they are going to take. It should be updated every day, it's very useful for them."

Although people in Singapore say their television is already overwhelmed with SARS-related programming. Most Singaporeans welcomed the new channel and said it would help in the city’s battle against the flu-like virus.

UNIDENTIFED SINGAPOREAN MAN
"Initially when it first came out, it sounded like it was an afterthought, kind of everything is done and dusted. But just from the news yesterday we just got another SARS case, I think public awareness should be maintained."

UNIDENTIFED SINGAPOREAN WOMAN
"Because everybody is concerned about SARS, I think it is very important because when you know more about it, you know how to take precautions better."

All households with cable TV access will be able to receive the channel.

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