Are the authorities doing enough to prevent the spread of Wuhan virus in Singapore?

It was reported in Bloomberg that not all who are affected by the Wuhan virus showed symptoms of fever. In fact, further evidence has shown that it takes time to see the effect - there lies the danger to us.

As such, even though visitors are screened and cleared to enter at all our checkpoints, it does not necessarily mean that they are not infected.

In particular, those coming from China carry the greatest risks; all the 3 confirmed cases in Singapore are visitors from China, where the death toll there is rising. It could be much worse than what has been made public.

For the safety of our citizens, do we then have the guts to ban all visitors coming from China or those who had recently visited China and Wuhan especially?

Jufrie Bin Mahmood

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38 Responses to “Are the authorities doing enough to prevent the spread of Wuhan virus in Singapore?”

  • I m more interested ...:

    I m more interested , lets us say unluckily tio , is treatment cum quarantine free.

    Or is it visitors free ? Sg have to pay either from their own pockets or medisave deductions ?

    Should the our gov claim from China ?

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  • Exporting deadly viruses:

    PRC,China should pay/compensate foreign countries treating prc citizens with the virus.
    Its the PRC gov’s resposibility to educate n protect its citizens which it has not done so adequately.
    Its costing countries hit by the wuhan virus huge losses.
    I bet if the shoe was on the other foot, PRC gov wont hesitate to claim.
    God only knows what else will erupt from that country with their less than sanitary hygiene and food fetishes!ewwww!

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  • Temporary Ban:

    The virus has spread across all provinces. The sensisble thing to do is to put a temporary ban on all visitors from China. Despite screeings done at the airport, some cases may go undetected if the symptoms have not appeared, just like the woman who was found positive with the virus even though she felt well during her flight to SG.

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  • What's free in SG ?:

    Good questions asked.

    For all quarantine and/or isolation + medical tests are to be borne by the patients being suspected of any virus. For foreigners, no Medisave can be used.

    Nothing is free in Singapore, except in Changi Hilton, which provides free food and lodging. You just need a judge to endorse your free stay there.

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  • Robin:

    The SG GOVT chases after EVERY cent. Billions are locked up in their vault to pay themselves millions in salaries and bonuses.

    A falsehood?

    Proof: street parking now extended to 10pm, ERP in the city ends only at 8pm, Saturday ERP. Only one example of a profit seeking government.

    To this regime, PRC visitors mean only one thing: $$$$.

    A regime change is urgently needed.

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  • Harder Truths:

    It is expected that these are early stages of virus transmission. Expect more and more of the virus to be transmitted here. There are a lot of new citizens, PR that will return with the disease. Not to mention WP and SP etc. etc.

    $G authorities have big mouth but no brains or expertise or BALLS. They will go through their f**king manuals and when that does not work they will cover everything up and put the blame on citizens somehow.

    If the virus starts to spread here – what is the government going to do? Close off Chinatown? Tell the whole island to stay at home like in China?

    Fat hope. We have a great virus transmission system – the MRT that can take the virus all the way from Changi Airport to Tuas, from Marsiling to Sentosa. Plus so many shopping and hawker centers. It will be all over the place. Courtesy of the 70%.

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  • 天灭中共:

    Possibly a test that went wrong? Or done with an evil purpose?
    Experimenting with biological warfare.

    https://m.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/jan/24/virus-hit-wuhan-has-two-laboratories-linked-chines/

    CCP has proven themselves as a real global threat,
    causing global harm.

    The PLA has been sent to Wuhan, possibly to harvest the result from survivals, their antibodies, as the city is in lockdown.

    At this rate of virus spread, very soon innocent Chinese will be ostracized worldwide.

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  • Writer got a point there, does Singapore authorities have the guts and balls to ban the throngs of visitors from China during this CNY holiday season?

    IMHO, I think they should (ban) and only allow entry to those with “special reason”. Singapore is a densely populated city and any 1 or 2 super carrier (without symptoms) walk walk Orchard Road sure sibei jialut one.

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  • bystander:

    Not that the PAP Govt has no guts, the $ sign is the key, tourist receipts from China contribute to its tax collection kitty significantly.
    The usual hypocrisy.

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  • Kay. Poh:

    @techie
    Bro, how the situation over there now?

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  • Truth & Question:

    We cannot know what is the Truth because we cannot inspect the data without restriction.

    Technically speaking, those are claims and not the truth. By this, it does not mean it’s falsehood either. A claim is neither a proven truth nor a proven falsehood.

    Singkees choose to base on Believing.

    Will they be cheated one day ?

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  • NotMyProblem:

    24/01/2020, Straits Times reported; “Singapore’s first confirmed patient with the Wuhan virus is being kept in isolation at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) rather than at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) because all public hospitals are capable of treating such cases.”

    If that’s the case why not send a team from our public hospital to Wuhan to assist in treating those affected.

    If that’s done, maybe Singapore would be in the good book of President Xi.

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  • 天灭中共:

    TRE Techie:
    Writer got a point there, does Singapore authorities have the guts and balls to ban the throngs of visitors from China during this CNY holiday season?

    IMHO, I think they should (ban) and only allow entry to those with “special reason”. Singapore is a densely populated city and any 1 or 2 super carrier (without symptoms) walk walk Orchard Road sure sibei jialut one.

    If what was reported is true,
    this is a special strain of virus that was meant for experimenting biological welfare. It is meant to be spread quickly in humans. Prior to the report by Washington times, concerned chinese netizens involved in the research already reached out to independent media outside of China to expose what they knew and the gravity of this virus against the lies and attempt to cover-up by authority.
    Moreover it was disclosed that those who are infected may not display any symptom of fever, but these patients will feel weak and short of breath.

    A day after this expose, as more come to know, suddenly more information was revealed and the patient numbers shot up, which was followed by the sudden lock-down. The follow on drastic events are beyond coincidental, the authority should have known the disaster that is quickly building up and out of control.

    So in view of the opaqueness and lack of credibility of CCP, one cannot underestimate the evil and danger that developed, SG should stop taking travellers from Chinese cities at this moment because all signs pointed that danger is very real and can be much higher than disclosed.

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  • Deadly to medical staffs:

    One good doctor in wuhan has already died from the virus.
    He’s a modern day saint.
    May he r.i.p.

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  • @天灭中共

    Have you been smoking pot? LOL

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  • opposition dude:

    Very simple one, you let in all these buggers from China who show no symptoms now but if an epidemic suddenly spreads on the island all hell will break loose.

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  • Quarantine:

    If China has ordered all local and internatinal tours to be suspended, it has to be quie serious. This virus can become pandemic through international travel. All inbound passengers on flights originating from China should be quarantined until given a clean bill of health. This would be a deterent and safeguard against the virus.

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  • Practical side of politics:

    If we ban visitors fr china then spore govt is in bad books of china just like the smoking pig soup saga and air pollution,
    Remember one belt one rd when our dear PM n his wife was in back row,
    Crux of matter few citizens expendable ,few deaths does not matter in world of intl politics, politics is dirty,
    Right moral thing today for spore govt is ban visitors fr wuhan

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  • pap has a nandate:

    Isolation meaning ataying away from crowded places. HK already closed down the schools as 4 cases are spreaded through MTR. The Singapore PAP Government is more concern about making money. The last time Singapore or the world was lucky with SARS. This time this virus is.more contagious and a silent killer.

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  • Are you alright?:

    Robin:
    The SG GOVT chases after EVERY cent. Billions are locked up in their vault to pay themselves millions in salaries and bonuses.

    A falsehood?

    Proof: street parking now extended to 10pm, ERP in the city ends only at 8pm, Saturday ERP. Only one example of a profit seeking government.

    To this regime, PRC visitors mean only one thing: $$$$.

    A regime change is urgently needed.

    Ya, even school kids are not spared from humiliation which will hurt them psychologically forever for 100+.

    But splurged $m into 2 overseas clowns which bring no positive results ok.

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  • Source of the Truth:

    Truth & Question:
    We cannot know what is the Truth because we cannot inspect the data without restriction.

    Technically speaking, those are claims and not the truth. By this, it does not mean it’s falsehood either. A claim is neither a proven truth nor a proven falsehood.

    Singkees choose to base on Believing.

    Will they be cheated one day ?

    Want the Truth?

    Get it from POFkiMA which a ministar would gladly pronounce.

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  • Heaven Got Eyes:

    TRE Techie:
    @天灭中共

    Have you been smoking pot? LOL

    Sometimes Pot can clear the mind, an antidote against evil.
    That day is near.

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  • I'm Halimah bloody useless:

    You want to know the number of Ah Tiong Cheens coming here ?
    You want to kne the number of Cheen from Wuhan residing here with PRs ??
    I can get you the numbers, but what is the point of the question ???
    farking Kee Chui arrogance.

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  • PAP's Greed:

    When Wuhan virus outbreak happens, Health Minister Gan and PM-designate Minister Heng are asking Singaporeans to come forward and work together to help contain the virus.

    But…..

    When PAP signed CECA, installed POFMA, appointed an Indian President and called her a Malay, withheld CPF..etc – for all these did you ask Singaporeans permission before implementing ?

    Why now Singaporeans have become so important ?

    Ask your 70% sheep population for help.

    Shame on you PAP !!

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  • Bad Boy:

    This year too many prc movies and variety shows , not nice cum boring lah.

    End up watching CNA , somehow more interesting.

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  • Guess:

    @天灭中共,

    You Overrated or overly exaggerated

    My guess few reasons for China authority to delay action during Dec 2019.

    1 HK situation.

    2 Especially Taiwan election. Imagine this issue surface early, Tsai votes will jump even higher.

    3 China and US at the edge of signing the 1st phase trade deal.

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  • No too wise:

    Common Sense; Wuhan 11 million Population Size 8494 Km2 vs Singaore 10 million Population [coming] in 721.5 Km2 all congested together. The spread will be exponential rate chiefly through the MRT routes. Insurance bankrupt overnight. Chaotic downfall.

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  • clown shim > najib rosmah:

    Practical side of politics:
    If we ban visitors fr china then spore govt is in bad books of china just like the smoking pig soup saga and air pollution,
    Remember one belt one rd when our dear PM n his wife was in back row,
    Crux of matter few citizens expendable ,few deaths does not matter in world of intl politics, politics is dirty,
    Right moral thing today for spore govt is ban visitors fr wuhan

    pap clown and pap clown wife were not even in back row the 1st time. because China loudly told everyone pap clown and pap clown wife are NOT invited.

    thereafter pap clown and pap clown wife send their S$m yesmen yeswomen to make peace. after that, only after that, permitted to attend but back row only.

    above is FACT. pofma won’t work even if pap opinion is otherwise.

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  • 天灭中共:

    Guess:
    @天灭中共,

    You Overrated or overly exaggerated

    My guess few reasons for China authority to delay action during Dec 2019.

    1 HK situation.

    2 Especially Taiwan election. Imagine this issue surface early, Tsai votes will jump even higher.

    3 China and US at the edge of signing the 1st phase trade deal.

    You are still guessing because you are still having a rosy picture of an ‘ascending’ China and could not fathom the evils CCP is capable of.
    Have a clear head that CCP does not representing China, in fact they have been hijacking the Chinese people.

    The reasons listed by you, though just guesses, are already ridiculous enough to even constitute as valid reasons not to act against the spread and saving human lives. Because of 1.2.or3, CCP is justified to withheld truths and propagating lies?
    Aren’t such excuses given, if by CCP, the very act of evil itself?

    What about the lives of 10million innocent wuhan-ese and more? They are expendable?

    The fact is forming that the current contagious strain started from a biological lab. This is what the chinese authority is trying to conceal.
    How it got out is anybody’s guess.

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  • A Greedy Clown At Top:

    Practical side of politics:
    If we ban visitors fr china then spore govt is in bad books of china just like the smoking pig soup saga and air pollution,
    Remember one belt one rd when our dear PM n his wife was in back row,
    Crux of matter few citizens expendable ,few deaths does not matter in world of intl politics, politics is dirty,
    Right moral thing today for spore govt is ban visitors fr wuhan

    The situation is different now.
    Then, the pig soup joke was brought out in poor taste and unprovoked.
    China under CCP, though getting assertive, had not shown it’s true colors yet.
    So Sillypore becomes an odd clown making fun of an awaking dragon.

    Many countries are now worried with the CCP, it’s global lenninist ambition, after seeing how HK was handled, have been increasingly coming out to denounce the regime, however Sillypore now does the opposite and become silent.

    It is baffling that the clowns have shown such poor judgement frequently, moving against the time and tide.

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  • oxygen:

    @ No to wise:

    BRILLIANTLY PUT, over-density is very dangerous of SUDDEN DEATH COLLAPSE.

    No too wise: Common Sense; Wuhan 11 million Population Size 8494 Km2 vs Singaore 10 million Population [coming] in 721.5 Km2 all congested together. The spread will be exponential rate chiefly through the MRT routes. Insurance bankrupt overnight. Chaotic downfall.

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  • 10,000 who:

    TRE Techie:
    Writer got a point there, does Singapore authorities have the guts and balls to ban the throngs of visitors from China during this CNY holiday season?

    According to Wuhan Mayor, 5 million left before the lock down.
    10,000 left for sinkieland.
    If MOE effectively self-quarantined students and teachers, should not all 10,000 be told to do so.
    Some of these may be PRCs working in F and B sector.
    MOH —do some critical thinking!
    IMHO, I think they should (ban) and only allow entry to those with “special reason”. Singapore is a densely populated city and any 1 or 2 super carrier (without symptoms) walk walk Orchard Road sure sibei jialut one.

    Temporary Ban:
    The virus has spread across all provinces. The sensisble thing to do is to put a temporary ban on all visitors from China. Despite screeings done at the airport, some cases may go undetected if the symptoms have not appeared, just like the woman who was found positive with the virus even though she felt well during her flight to SG.

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  • Uncle Lim:

    The authoritarian regime has POFMA Hardwarezone which it says is spreading a falsehood.

    Dictatorship asks us to rely on trustworthy Govt websites instead.

    Hahaha.

    The dictatorship itself can’t be trusted. It said CPF would be returned at 55. But it refused.

    It also claimed that HDB flats would be a great asset. But in truth their value is ZERO after 99 years.

    It claims we are the owners when in actual fact people are merely leaseholders.

    Ministers so free spending all their time on POFMA witch-hunting? More and more ridiculous.

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  • TruBlu:

    …wait till that *Khaw* comes home?
    When were they white monkeys well prepared?
    Basically RE-ACTING N PUSHING BLAMES.

    Guess when they cock-up again,sgs would be blamed for whatever reasons they could FAKE?

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  • Steven:

    The Chingay Carnival should be cancelled to prevent the chances of mass infection..it will be a catastrophe which Singapore cannot handle if the Carnival proceeds and the virus gets passed on.

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  • Guess:

    @ The reasons listed by you, though just guesses, are already ridiculous enough to even constitute as valid reasons not to act against the spread and saving human lives. Because of 1.2.or3, CCP is justified to withheld truths and propagating lies?
    Aren’t such excuses given, if by CCP, the very act of evil itself?

    1 2 3 are just my guesses why they withold info and delayed announcement the truth publicly. I never said i m their fan. As to Right or wrong people or the world will judge.

    Yes Ridiculous to you to me to us but not to them or even certain portions of their China people. Thats their mentality.
    10 millions live ? 100 millions are not even 10% of their population 1.45 billion. To us it about saving lives to them is just math. I agreed with bad boy telling lies is in Chinese blood. Several years i was in ShenZhen and saw fake sports wear , i pointed out to their service retail lady 這個好像是冒牌. She smile and steadily reply No no no, 這是 高水準 高質量 仿造品. Wah , like that also can twist. Beside they believe the gods you worship cannot win their Sun zi art of war or thick black skills.

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  • Unignorance:

    I think the Chinese govt should immediately prosecute those people in China who consume wild life animals that could have spread the virus. It is impossible to believe those who feign ignorance that eating wild life is good for their health. Now that it causes death and Chinese govt should reeducate youngsters about consuming wildlife and introduced more preventive action on wild life animals.
    The Chinese woman eating the bat on the pic as shown above is really disgusting and ought to feel shame on herself.

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