Wuhan Virus – Singapore’s vulnerability

SINGAPORE — Singapore’s economy will definitely be impacted by the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, with the tourism-related sectors being of immediate concern.
In a multi-ministry press conference on Monday (27 January), Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said that this includes travel agents, as well as the food and beverage, retail and hospitality sectors.
- Yahoo News

The Wuhan virus must have rung a bell in many people’s head. Obviously it didn’t. Singapore is still thinking it is a small matter. Well, our tourist industry will be hit and some people’s jobs and business may be impacted. This kind of thinking is similar to the desire for nuclear energy, nuclear power station. It is small problem and should be ok. The Fukushima disaster, not fully disclosed and many serious consequences covered up, also did not ring a bell. If Fukushima meltdown would be to happen in Singapore, where would Singapore and Singaporeans be?

The closing down of Wuhan and several major cities in China, including Shanghai and maybe Beijing is small matter. What would happen if Singapore has to close down? Small matter, only the tourist industry be affected?

What lessons can Singapore learn from this Wuhan virus incident? Would Singapore still be happily opening up its legs wide wide and inviting everyone from all the dirty corners of the world to come here and reside and sleep and play and work with fellow Singaporeans? Not to worry, nothing bad will happen to Singapore. All the bad things can only happen in other countries, especially in China, never in Singapore. All the viruses would die after their carriers drink our shit water, oops, Newater, our cure all for everything. See, the facts have proven that Singapore is safe and clean after so many millions of potential deadly disease carriers have come and gone. No contagious disease or virus dare to attack Singapore and Singaporeans.

Can Singapore afford a slip, an unfortunate incident like the Wuhan virus or some slum virus from remote villages in some third world countries and think life will go on as usual? Anyone ever ponder what would happen if another virus or disease that spreads as easily and quickly as the Wuhan virus find its way here and Singapore has to close down?

Our health checks at our entry points have been so casual and relax, so easy to move in and out to the credit of our open leg policy. Just keep the fingers crossed and all will be well. There is nothing to worry about. It will not happen to Singapore.

What would it be like if someone with a very infectious disease travels in our very crowded trains?

 

Chua Chin Leng

*The author blogs at http://mysingaporenew.blogspot.com/

 

 

 

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30 Responses to “Wuhan Virus – Singapore’s vulnerability”

  • VTO:

    Well, this govt’s open leg policy welcome influx of mediocre foreign workers, they all came – together with whatever disease/bacteria/viruses they have…

    Think again.
    This govt only care about the economy, they will not give a shit or bother about Singaporeans & SG society.
    Look at those multimillionaire$$ ministers speaking to the media… finally this pandemic crisis wil justify their millionare$$ salaries.

    But they probably shit their pants becoz when they open their mouth…its too late. There’r large # wuhan / hubei china people in this island… & most of them are already infected, juz that they’r asymptomatic!!

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  • Harder Truths:

    No problem – life sometimes is a hard taskmaster. Only the ones with survival instincts survive. $G is a small place, the stopover for every destination. Wherever the virus is in the world $G will most likely have it sooner or later.

    SARS was a wake-up call. A smart nation with a smarter government would have made sure they were prepared for the next bigger epidemic. Nothing was done – no one even cared to do something in case this happened. In quarantined areas now no one can go out, there is no access to food or water. No medicines no hospitals for normal patients no access to anything.

    $G is no more than a small dot – if and when CoV strikes there is no Plan B because there is no Plan A. See what voting for a clown circus has got us.

    Now all we have is a useless creep in Davos (is he coming back btw?) saying we should not panic, while his minions holed up in their million dollar mansions.

    Rats brought the bubonic plague to Europe and killed three-quarters of the population. This Metal Rat Year may be just as interesting.

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  • This Govt have no clue.:

    VTO:
    Well, this govt’s open leg policy welcome influx of mediocre foreign workers, they all came – together with whatever disease/bacteria/viruses they have…

    Think again.
    This govt only care about the economy, they will not give a shit or bother about Singaporeans & SG society.
    Look at those multimillionaire$$ ministers speaking to the media… finally this pandemic crisis wil justify their millionare$$ salaries.

    But they probably shit their pants becoz when they open their mouth…its too late. There’r large # wuhan / hubei china people in this island… & most of them are already infected, juz that they’r asymptomatic!!

    Sorry to say, do you think “This govt only care about the economy”?? No, No they only care is about their million dollars salary. If economy is bad, they don’t give a shit. They only raise taxes. GST, Carbon tax, Sugar tax, ERP and even next will be casket tax. This govt does not even have a clue on how to handle the economy. They used the stupid old method but they don’t even know that it is out of date.

    VTO. Give new blood a chance to see if they can improve the economy for the next 5 years. No Venture No Gain

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  • Bit too late:

    The doors are closed rather late. Thousands of Wuhanians had entered Singapore and by multiplier effect, there is little help in screening them in hospitals as the spread may be already onto the community when they mingle around freely in places of attractions and malls. Those contracted will not show symptoms in next few days yet.

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  • Bapak:

    How many times have got to remind Sinkies? We have F35 lah!
    Virus come, we one shoot one kill them.

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  • Sag NO to PAP:

    …and soon,the upgraded open leg PR policy rolling out.
    Remember to place your big fat X in the correct box folks @coming GE..or else…!!

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  • Harder Truths:

    Just a quick calculation – if an adult with CoV came in contact with (say) 100 people in a single day (not very hard if you consider MRT and shopping centers) and assuming 1/10 infection rate with everyone else behaving the same way – the virus would take about 7 days to infect the whole $G population – well within the 14 day incubation period.

    Of course that is just speculation – but you get the idea. No way to stop it.

    Disclaimer: The above post is fake news so POFMA does not apply.

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  • Financially Speaking:

    Our modern way of life is fast disintegrating in many facets:

    1. CLIMATE CHANGE
    Fossil fuel use is causing extremities in weather & rising sea levels. For S’pore, the fear is shore erosion, flash flooding after heavy rains, kingtide & humid, warm temperature leading to mosquito infestation eg Dengue, Zika & Malaria.

    2. DISRUPTION IN SUPPLY CHAINS
    The Coronavirus have the potential of causing rapid shortages & huge unfulfilled demand for certain commodities. Already, the face mask is in short supply & vitamin C supplements being sold out in pharmacies. In such situations, people feel vulnerable!

    3. ANTIBIOTICS ABUSE/RESISTANT VIRUS
    The high frequency use of antibiotics in intensive animal farming are creating superviruses. As intensive animal farming needs overcrowding in order to make money, antibiotic is necessary to keep animals healthy against viruses, bacteria & parasites. But as antibiotics increases with dosage, viruses, bacteria & parasites find ways of circumventing antibiotics by becoming resistant to their use. Mad Cow disease (Bovine), Nipah virus/African Swine flu (Pigs) & Avian flu (Chicken, Ducks) came & went but it had created fear of consumption at their height. The next crisis could be just lurking in the background.

    Also, animal diseases have cross over to humans after consumption. The need for food & the relatively unethical way of food sources creates potential dangers!

    4. OVERPOPULATION & INTENSITY LIVING
    Cities are getting more overcrowded, living space getting smaller, more people living together – fantastic situation for a contagious disease to take hold & infect.

    A fast infecting virus like this Coronavirus can easily infect thousands by a single superspreader leading to stretched healthcare resources, huge crisis management trying to contain the spread & unquantifiable economic losses.

    5. DEBTS, RENTS & CRONYISM
    S’pore Economy are heavily dependent on working the system intensely just to get by. re:24/7, 365 cycle.
    Many S’pore businesses are heavily dependent on overdraft facilities, business loans & working capital borrowings simply to roll over.
    A freeze in the economy are often fatal to those marginal businesses. Look at how Retail REITs topple in price after announcement of Retail Malls closing in China eg Sasseur Retail REIT, etc.
    The cronyism factor is the conflict of interest between public safety & keeping the channels open for business despite of the infection dangers. CCS statement is exactly that – putting economic interests first but at whose costs?

    We need to have better people!

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  • opposition dude:

    Remember TB from just a few years back? Remember when that Ang Mo Kio block had to be quarantined?

    And do you also remember the really laughable reason of them saying that TB suddenly was resurgent because the older generation were getting older? Funny how TB wasn’t so widespread in the 90s up until the great immigration flood isn’t it?

    Does PAP actually think we believe in their lies about the older generation getting older and so all of a sudden TB is rampant? You mean back in the 90s and up to around 2996 there weren’t any of the older generation around ah? No one was in their 70s to 90s during that period ah? So how come TB wasn’t so widespread back then since there were even more of the older generation around back then ah?

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  • Only 10 cases?:

    When it reaches epidemic level, PAP could use it as a “reason” to postpone the elections, and declare emergency rule! Wouldn’t that be perfect for them?

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  • TruBlu:

    Just goes to show FT POLICY is a DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD.

    Augmenting population artificially means grave HAZARDS BEYOND CONTROL like this.
    Nowhere else do we get a 45-55 ratio of NON-CITIZENS TO CITIZENS.

    THIS IS ASKING FOR TROUBLE.
    Trying to get too smart can oftentimes make people look really SILLY.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    The OPEN Leg policy cost the RETURN of TB or CONsumtion as it was then Known during the SATA days and when was wiped out…

    the New STrain of TB is worse than those of the SATA days…this is only the TIP what else??? God only KNOWS… if they can keep Salaries and GIC data SECRET…Sickness is just a stroll along the corridor of the Hospitals

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  • Harder Truths:

    CoV Progression Charts can be found here

    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/coronavirus-geometric-progression-suggests-100000-infections-week

    Given that $G’s population density (9000 / sq km) is 30 times that of Hubei Province (300 / sq km) the infection would likely spread 30 times as fast.

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  • Only 10 cases?:

    Why did govt wait until now to implement a travel ban from Hubei? It could have been done earlier, around the time of the lock-down when people were fleeing the city, although Scoot flghts were cancelled .

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  • Come one come all cronyland:

    What are the most densely populated countries in the world in 2020?

    1) Macau (Population density: 21,055 individuals/sq.km)

    2) Monaco (19,150/km²)

    3)Singapore (Population density: 8,109 persons/km²)

    4) Hong Kong (Population density: 6,677/km²)

    5) Gibraltar (Population density: 5,620/km²)

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  • Sojoürner of Truth:

    Strangely enough, North Korea is the only country who seems to be getting it right. They closed their borders early. It helps to be an isolated backward brutal dictatorship sometimes.

    If this gets worse, we might all end up wishing we were ruled by comrade Kim. More than 50 million people died during the Spanish flu.

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  • @Only 10 cases?

    During the 2002 SARS epidermic, Thailand reportedly lost $2 billion in tourist dollars over a period of 3 months (if I remembered correctly from an article I stumbled upon on the internet). Just imagine how many ABCs can Temnasick buy/gamble with that kind of money.

    @Sojoürner of Truth

    I agree but you must know that they are a very very poor country with pathetic medical facilities. If there is an outbreak in the country, comrade Kim would have to shoot all his infected citizens.

    Bullets also very scarce and expensive in the poor country you know?

    And if he feeds the infected to his puppies (who reportedly ate his uncle’s mistresses), then the puppies also kenna infected, then how?

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  • Emil:

    @Sojoürner of Truth

    I agree but you must know that they are a very very poor country with pathetic medical facilities. If there is an outbreak in the country, comrade Kim would have to shoot all his infected citizens.

    Bullets also very scarce and expensive in the poor country you know?

    And if he feeds the infected to his puppies (who reportedly ate his uncle’s mistresses), then the puppies also kenna infected, then how?

    @Sojoürner of Truth

    Think about what you read before regurgitating them as truth if you do not want to look silly and stupid.

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  • It is disaster!:

    By looking at the number of infected Wuhan Chinese here, by projection, we can guessimate the number of China PRs, EP holders, workers, tourists from the whole of China.
    Soon, PAP and the mainstream media will stop reporting infected Chinese have family members working here, as PRs or Singaporeans, like what CCS told off WP about local employment stats.
    We are the third most infected country, even in front of HK.

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  • 俗語有云::

    俗語有云:

    視死如歸.

    From the day we are born we are destined to die.

    Everybody is living on a day to day basis. Nobody knows what will happened tomorrow.

    Kobe Bryant and his daughter good example.

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Sojoürner of Truth:
    Strangely enough, North Korea is the only country who seems to be getting it right. They closed their borders early. It helps to be an isolated backward brutal dictatorship sometimes.

    If this gets worse, we might all end up wishing we were ruled by comrade Kim. More than 50 million people died during the Spanish flu.

    Good point. North Korea Lite (aka Singapore) should follow big brother’s example.

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  • Sojoürner of Truth:

    TRE Techie: @Sojoürner of Truth

    I agree but you must know that they are a very very poor country with pathetic medical facilities. If there is an outbreak in the country, comrade Kim would have to shoot all his infected citizens.

    Bullets also very scarce and expensive in the poor country you know?

    And if he feeds the infected to his puppies (who reportedly ate his uncle’s mistresses), then the puppies also kenna infected, then how?

    @ Techie

    Don’t anyhow give ideas to comrade Kim.
    He may feed his puppies then let the puppies bite a few of his prisoners. When they turned into zombies and ship them all in a ‘Train to Busan’

    Then how???

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  • Wash money:

    Without tourists from China, I think will sia collapse sia?

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  • WuHan Blessings:

    Blessing from WuHan is this Forces Singaporeans to upgrade their hygiene level , nearer towards first world’s.

    It’s been to today sg coffeeshops have bacteria on their tables and utensils are not as clean as they should be for being really clean utensils.

    Singaporeans are not smart despite great at forced regurgitation of knowledge.

    How so? Singkees will ask.

    Well , you are forced to pay higher and higher electricity, water and gst. But you continue to get the same Lowe standard.

    If a singkee were smart, he would , In Exchange for higher cost of living, DEMAND from their govt , a Higher standard of living.

    I think if not spoonfed, SINGKEES may not know. They need propaganda, be told, be forced in order to do what is wise.

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  • Hard of truth:

    It will be a great concern if PAP ministers are hiding facts of the scale of the of virus outbreak in Singapore and twisting message to be half truth. If it can happen in China, it could happen here.

    Chinese Authorities Hide True Scale of Deadly Outbreak From Citizens, Fueling Crisis
    https://www.theepochtimes.com/chinese-authorities-hide-true-scale-of-deadly-outbreak-from-citizens-fueling-crisis_3220583.html

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  • Bapak:

    We are already ruled by “Kim”. Just that this “Kim” polumpar USA and Trump doesn’t send this “Kim” birthday card.

    Sojoürner of Truth:
    Strangely enough, North Korea is the only country who seems to be getting it right. They closed their borders early. It helps to be an isolated backward brutal dictatorship sometimes.

    If this gets worse, we might all end up wishing we were ruled by comrade Kim. More than 50 million people died during the Spanish flu.

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  • So much talk about masks:

    13 cases in sg already, all wuhanis…no sg infected yet..
    But still too early yet.
    Touch Wood.
    Gov giving out free masks to every hdb household from feb 2nd…
    Is the situation getting serious?

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    The PAP will not close the border to the Chinese because it will likely expose the fact that a very large number of PRC Chinese are working here. Many went back to China for CNY and are starting to return to Singapore. They not only took jobs from Singaporeans but they also depressed local wages and their demand also caused a sharp rise in prices. Singaporeans are squeezed between depressed wages and high prices (or loss of job to a foreigner from China) – a compelling reason for REGIME CHANGE.

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  • Kimmy Kim:

    Since the economy will be impacted, it will mean one thing – cheap sales, more price reductions and 1-for-1 dining.

    And we can have masquerade balls! Make the best of the situation.

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  • pap clown Lj face:

    Kimmy Kim:
    Since the economy will be impacted, it will mean one thing – cheap sales, more price reductions and 1-for-1 dining.

    And we can have masquerade balls! Make the best of the situation.

    wear mask, unable to eat.

    want to eat, must lift up mask, and sure as sunrise get infected.

    so not a good deal at all.

    fault lies squarely with pap folks who have not closed the door before all the bugs entered the small island.

    worse these pap folks are brainless. they say, wear mask only when infected. ffff. it takes 10 to 14 days for symptoms to show. imagine the number of others infected during this period.

    obviously, paying S$m does not mean getting brainy solutions. just shit masquerading as solution.

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