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Singapore's stressed workers highlight COVID mental health strain

Surveys hint at hidden toll in city-state and other Asian economies

Singapore's business district: Burnout was a major issue in Asia before COVID-19, but the pandemic has brought added pressures.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Fed up with his job, Singaporean lawyer Nick Ng resigned from a financial services company in March without alternative employment lined up.

For the 37-year-old, teleworking conditions under the COVID-19 crisis had become unbearable, since the company essentially expected its legal team to be available round the clock.

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