Pandemic Borders

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens Singapore’s very existence as a global trade hub.

In this two-parter, we see how the island is keeping its borders open, to keep goods and people flowing, while keeping the virus and its deadly variants at bay.

We spotlight the everyday heroes at our borders that take on the risk of contracting a mutating virus. We talk to the insiders contending with the precarious balancing act of opening borders wide enough to prevent economic collapse, while ensuring the virus would not bring everything to a standstill.

We uncover the little-known role that Changi Airport plays in organ transplants and in keeping global sea routes running. And we go inside a hotel turned Stay-Home-Notice quarantine facility to see how they maintain the movement of people without compromising safety in this new COVID normal.


Genre: Documentary / Current Affairs
Language: English
Year: 2021

Duration: 2 Episodes x 60 Minutes
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Show Format: HD


Episode 1 – Inside The Quarantine Hotel
We gain unprecedented access to a quarantine hotel, to see how staff fuse five-star hospitality with hospital protocols, in a bid to keep travellers sane and the community safe from COVID-19.

Episode 2 – Inside The Battle To Stay Open
Changi Airport is critical to Singapore’s economy in surprising and intricate ways. CNA goes behind closed doors to see how the air hub is being kept open under the constant threat of COVID-19.