Fighting at the frontline of COVID-19

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03 Jun 2020 | PEOPLE

Fighting at the frontline of COVID-19

They not only serve as frontline health workers, but also contribute to Singapore's defence as Singapore Armed Forces Volunteer Corps (SAFVC) medical trainers. Two SAFVC Volunteers (SVs) – SV2 Harminder Singh Olikh and SV2 Samantha Kang – share their experiences of battling the coronavirus, from taking on 12-hour shifts to putting wedding plans on hold.

// Produced & Edited by Thrina Tham
// Footage from SV2 Kang & SV2 Olikh

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