SMOS Lam Pin Min: There is sufficient supply of masks in Singapore

Senior Minister of State for Health Lam Pin Min

Earlier today, I joined Seah Kian Peng to visit one of our warehouses to check on our masks stockpile.

We would like to reassure Singaporeans that there is sufficient supply of masks in Singapore, if we use them sensibly and responsibly. There is no need to rush to buy masks. We are working with retailers like NTUC FairPrice and Unity Pharmacy to push out the stocks.

You may have noticed that some retailers have started to ration the sale of masks (in packages with smaller quantity). This is to ensure that there is adequate supply for Singaporeans and to prevent unnecessary hoarding. We are also working with retailers to manage pricing and we remind them not to profiteer from the increased demand.

As there is currently no local transmission of the 2019-nCoV infection, masks are generally not needed in our normal daily activities. However, do put on a face mask if you have respiratory symptoms like a cough or runny nose to prevent the spread of the flu or the common cold viruses. Above all, practise good personal hygiene by washing your hands frequently. If you are feeling unwell, please seek medical attention promptly.

We urge Singaporeans to stay calm and vigilant to #FightAgainst2019nCoV.

 

* Facebook post by Senior Minister of State for Health Lam Pin Min.

** Editor’s note: Please also read this post for the latest very important updates.

 

 

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37 Responses to “SMOS Lam Pin Min: There is sufficient supply of masks in Singapore”

  • SMOS say liao: “As there is currently no local transmission of the 2019-nCoV infection, masks are generally not needed in our normal daily activities.”

    There, nothing to worry, don’t panic, no need to waste money buy mask.

    Must trust the PAP, everything is under control.

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  • TruBlu:

    Yada,yada,yada …
    Fake news! Enough masks?!
    I go GUARDIAN SHOPS,SOLD OUT.
    I GO UNITY,SOLD OUT!
    I GO WATSON,SOLD OUT!!!

    ENOUGH?
    Tell you what,minister,sir, ENOUGH OF YOUR BULLCRAP!

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  • Harder Truths:

    So…government Plan A – wear masks. This will defeat CoV for sure. We say so. If you say otherwise we will POFMA you until you beg for Milo.

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  • Asd:

    I think this another half say half no say no say clearly enough for who or for what but just say enough how people know what you talking enough for police only or enough for doctors only or enough only for yourself what saying ar say clearly la

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  • Minister seow on:

    walau, ministers personally go warehouse to check mask stockpile.
    so super on.

    Did they personally count or they just accept the paper statement?

    Did they open the boxes or not? What if all empty ones?

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  • @Harder Truths:

    No lar, you misunderstood the millister liao.

    Plan A: No need to buy or wear mask because no comminity cross-infection confirm in Sinkapore. Make sure wash hands many many times and stay dcalm and vigilant can liao.

    If Plan A no work, then they will come up with something else like maybe all should wear a mask?

    In the meantime, Must trust the PAP, everything is under control.

    .
    @Minister seow on

    Maybe the millister got count the mask one by one but “pimps and prostitutes” forgot to report nia. lol

    Ok ok

    Jokes aside, thousands of cases have been confirmed to be through “human-to-human transmission” via droplets and some even confirmed to be via fomites and this joker of a millister is saying “no local transmission” yet, therefore no need to wear mask?

    So this is the calibre of millisters Sinkaporeans paid millions for?

    P/S: From someone who is within Hubei and surrounded by thousands of infected souls, better also go stock-up on disposable gloves.

    .

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  • Tablecloth:

    Protective gear are for rescue work.

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  • Despicable situation:

    On 91.3 radio reported people complaining unable to buy masks.. out of stock..whilst some stores n online outlets profiteering by inflating prices…from $100 _ 1k a box !
    Despicable sgs. .profiteering in times of crisis.
    I got no words…!!!

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  • 0.0001 piece per capita:

    //There is sufficient supply of masks in Singapore//

    how come no PORMAR on this ‘fake statement’ (in the context of ‘sold out’ in some outlets)) ??? oh, or it is ok to spread “false news or statement” as long as you belong to a privileged class of white monkey idiots and gang ????

    and what do they mean by ‘sufficient supply’ ? 1, 3 or 10000 pieces per person in queue, 0.0001 piece per capita in sinkie land ????

    or sufficient only for healthcare workers or some unnamed or unspecified group of people as #quote : masks are generally not needed in our normal daily activities : unquote # ?????

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  • Harder Truths:

    @TRE Techie

    So in other words – let the virus come in (no quarantine on China nations like in other countries) and then take our chance that NO ONE ELSE has a mutated and become even more deadly form of the virus.

    Sounds like a great Plan A

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  • Huh?:

    Isn’t this a POFMA???
    where are the masks??????
    everyone’s sold out!!!

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  • Dear Mr Lam:

    To us, sufficient means I can buy it anytime in Singapore.
    If all the pharmacies and shops run out of stock, do you call it sufficient face masks?
    The government stock is meant for you and your colleagues and rich cronies?
    PAP keeps saying immigration has slowed down.
    Many of the people infected are visiting family members here, not just tourists, from a 2nd tier Chinese city.
    Imagine the number from the whole of China.
    The number on the ground like in the trains, Raffles Place, Changi Business Park tells the truth.
    PAP can decentralize Raffles Place, but the faces, accents will show in Jurong East, Tampines, Paya Lebar Business Districts, and trains and buses.
    PAP stats can lie but not the facts and realities on the ground!

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  • LOL:

    Sufficient?
    As usual… wayang all the way. No longer trust govt

    Large no. china people working in SG are buying masks & send all back to china… sufficient ?

    Takes days for stock to be available again before its all sold out again… Sufficient ??

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  • Truth:

    This is the same guy who tells ppl go get the PMD license & then later BAN PMD…Trust Him Again..!!!

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  • Truth:

    Dont wear if you have not catch virus…catch already then wear…Fantastic Logic!! GREAT ADVICE FROM THIS DOCTOR!!! but seems many ppl dont really listen to him cos ppl queuing everywhere that sells masks leh..

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  • Bobo:

    Glad to hear some positive voices from ministers.
    Championship list:
    1) ‘Too early to tell’ if Wuhan virus outbreak worse than SARS crisis: Lawrence Wong
    2) Wuhan virus: Those quarantined to get $100 daily allowance, says Lawrence Wong
    3)Lam Pin Min: There is sufficient supply of masks in Singapore if we use them sensibly and responsibly.
    4) Singapore will be able to contain the Wuhan virus situation if everyone works together, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong.
    5) Wuhan virus was not in our mind when I lohei-ed with our transport workers at SMRT and SBS Transit over the past week.Follow Khaw Boon Wan facebook 23 January at 19:09.
    Well done and thumbs up to all.

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  • ShamYewCum SC:

    This guy scoring big for this GE.

    So sickening.

    Yours
    ShamYewCum SC (suck coker)

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  • Sleeping On The Job:

    I have been asking for masks at all Pharmacies for the past 7 days. The same reply all the time – “NO STOCK”. When asked when will stocks arrive again the same reply “DON’T KNOW”.
    Obviously, the people in charge have been sleeping on the job.

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  • No Mask Shortage During SARS:

    During the SARS epidemic there was no shortage of masks or hand wash. At most you queue up for it but it is always available.
    I heard that Chinese workers in Singapore bought up the whole lot to send to friends and relatives in China. Pharmacies must check identification and only sell to Singapore Citizens or at least PR

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  • justanothercitizen:

    MOS announcement is for sheep.
    Sheep are told when they should put on mask, when they should self quarantine, when they should consult a doctor. And if all else fail, when they can start to panic!
    Banzai MIW

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  • pap S$m folks brainless:

    pap laulan wrong said pap released 5m masks and seemed surprised masks no enough.

    like all pap folks, pap laulan wrong truly brainless.

    with 6.9m mouths in Singapore, 5m already no enough.

    more than this, 1 mask per resident per day means not only not enough for all the mouths in Singapore but also just enough for some mouths for 1 single day. unless the same mask is to be used until 14 days later, 5m masks, simply put, is bad planning.

    anyone who listens to pap to go car lite, meaning to ride bus mrt, surely need to help themselves by putting on mask. after all, the virus does not distinguish sheep or pap. pap telling sheep no need to wear mask is gambling. sheep who gets infected while on bus mrt without mask surely has asked for it.

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  • So much talk about masks:

    Why one after another ministars coming out to talk about wearing masks.
    Putucherry even was a guest at 9oclock news ch 5.
    SG has 13 cases all wuhanis.
    No sg infected yet.
    Gov is also giving out free masks to every hdb household fr feb2nd..
    Is the situation getting out of hand,?

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  • Despicable humans:

    People are buying and hoarding the masks.
    Some are selling at inflated prices online.
    Profitering in times of crisis.

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  • Harder Truths:
    @TRE Techie

    So in other words – let the virus come in (no quarantine on China nations like in other countries) and then take our chance that NO ONE ELSE has a mutated and become even more deadly form of the virus.

    Sounds like a great Plan A

    Yes yes, the virus so far not sibei deadly wat, kenna liao still got money take, medical all free one. If got plane now I go back Sinkapore take money liao lo.

    14 days quanrantine can take sg$1400, a lot of money in China hor. lol

    .

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  • REGIME CHANGE is the solution:

    Likely sufficient for PAP and their lackeys. For the rest, you get sick and die, your business.

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  • Corona:

    Who could be the actual culprit for the invasion of the Coronavirus ?
    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/man-behind-global-coronavirus-pandemic

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  • Sojoürner of Truth:

    Corona:
    Who could be the actual culprit for the invasion of the Coronavirus ?
    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/man-behind-global-coronavirus-pandemic

    While it is good to think of alternative explanations, it is our responsibility to refrain from unsubstantiated claims that might lead to fear mongering as most conspiracy theories do.

    Wuhan is home to a level 4 bio-hazard containment lab – the Wuhan Virology Institute. It recently was seeking to hire one or two post-doc fellows, who will use “bats to research the molecular mechanism that allows Ebola and SARS-associated corona viruses to lie dormant for a long time without causing diseases.”

    Scientist “Zheng-Li Shi, of the Wuhan Institute of Virology…and her collaborators who, back in 2005, showed that the SARS pathogen was a bat virus that had spilled over into people. Ms. Shi and colleagues have been tracing coronaviruses in bats since then, warning that some of them are uniquely suited to cause human pandemics.”

    I found a statement suggesting that the virus is unlikely to be synthetically made/manipulated, don’t know how true that is. Also an escape from the lab could have also happened of a natural strain, in which case it is plain wrong to term it as a ‘bio-weapon’

    Quote:
    “Based on the virus genome and properties there is no indication whatsoever that it was an engineered virus,” said Richard Ebright, a professor of chemical biology at Rutgers University.

    It sure seems like China was doing research on corona viruses and bats for whatever reasons – though it is difficult to avoid speculation about bio-weapons. Something escaped the lab. Whether a full blown weapon or some intermediate stage development isn’t known but the long latent stage is a characteristic that is desirable in a bio-weapon, allowing it to spread undetected.

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  • A very bad show:

    It is quite horrible the way they go about distributing masks. It is a recipe for disaster.

    1) Army boys are tasked to repack the mask into packs of 4. This is surely a good chance for the new virus to slip in, or for some other unhygenic practice.

    2) People are tasked to collect them from some centralized points. Again, an infected person goes there, and the mask distribution points become a distribution point for the new virus. Remember: a person is infectious without showing any symptoms.

    3) 4 masks for a household is a “very generous” deal. Taking a household of 4, each one wears a mask, wash and reuse every day. Masks are meant to be disposed after each trip. Don’t even wear it home. Any viruses will be there on the outside of the mask.

    4) The distribution is very late. Now is already the time to wear masks. Still have to wait for the army boys to pack, supposedly 200,000 a day. How many days to pack 5,000,000? Hoping that the epidemic will be over by then?

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  • agree, brilliantly said, agree:

    A very bad show:
    It is quite horrible the way they go about distributing masks. It is a recipe for disaster.

    1) Army boys are tasked to repack the mask into packs of 4. This is surely a good chance for the new virus to slip in, or for some other unhygenic practice.

    2) People are tasked to collect them from some centralized points. Again, an infected person goes there, and the mask distribution points become a distribution point for the new virus. Remember: a person is infectious without showing any symptoms.

    3) 4 masks for a household is a “very generous” deal. Taking a household of 4, each one wears a mask, wash and reuse every day. Masks are meant to be disposed after each trip. Don’t even wear it home. Any viruses will be there on the outside of the mask.

    4) The distribution is very late. Now is already the time to wear masks. Still have to wait for the army boys to pack, supposedly 200,000 a day. How many days to pack 5,000,000? Hoping that the epidemic will be over by then?

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  • agree, brilliantly said, agree:

    pap S$m folks brainless:
    pap laulan wrong said pap released 5m masks and seemed surprised masks no enough.

    like all pap folks, pap laulan wrong truly brainless.

    with 6.9m mouths in Singapore, 5m already no enough.

    more than this, 1 mask per resident per day means not only not enough for all the mouths in Singapore but also just enough for some mouths for 1 single day. unless the same mask is to be used until 14 days later, 5m masks, simply put, is bad planning.

    anyone who listens to pap to go car lite, meaning to ride bus mrt, surely need to help themselves by putting on mask. after all, the virus does not distinguish sheep or pap. pap telling sheep no need to wear mask is gambling. sheep who gets infected while on bus mrt without mask surely has asked for it.

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  • Opposition SHUN this:

    I am one of the few who has posed questions that Opposition dare not address.

    For example, if a ministry release a set of data , who can prove this data is absolutely correct, accurate or true ?

    The concern is simple. A future rogue govt can lie to the people.

    Having said the above, it does not mean i am alleging anyone has lied. One needs a Sound understanding of english to understand what i mean.

    In short, what is the mechanism in place that guarantees data from govt cannot be false ? If there is no such guarantee, this means the system has a loophole or weakness.

    Singkees, please use your brains.

    Yours
    ShamYewCum SC (suck coker )

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  • Opposition SHUN this:

    To add, 4 mask per house hold could mean only one mask per person can be used .

    How is this tally with the claim that sg has enough stock of masks?

    I would need one or more masks a day .

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  • Opposition SHUN this:

    To add, 4 mask per house hold could mean only one mask per person can be used .

    How is this tally with the claim that sg has enough stock of masks?

    I would need one or more masks a day .

    You mean scholars are leading us ?
    Thats not a good thing

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  • English & Lawyers:

    Some fun examples of english prata:

    1. I have sufficient money and i dont have money to pay for it.

    2. You own my house i leased to you as landlord and you are a lessee.

    3. Your house value will never drop, i guarantee yew. And it depreciates to zero eventually.

    4. I am the truth. Whatever farts out from my orifice is the truth regardless what ks the truth because i say so.

    5. Your house is heavily subsidised and its the world most overpriced and expensive house.

    6. North Korea is democratic because Kim said so.

    7. I follow the rules by changing the rules.

    8. You serve and must be neutral and must be my puppy and do whatever i tell you.

    9. Crony meritocracy is also a form of meritocracy.

    The list is endless….

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  • Dogs forever:

    The Master and the Dogs . Master threw a red ball – we are well-prepared . The 2 dogs ran after the red balls – went to warehouse to check if the master red ball is still there . Caught the red ball i .. The 2 dogs ran like hell back to the master with the red balls – panting heaving with gladfulness begging for more .. dogs will be forever dogs .. they go home to feed on some meaty bones thrown to them ..

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  • Essential Food Stockpile:

    Is there more than sufficient stockpile of essential food items?

    This war against invisible army of viruses is much more worse than a military war between nations. No amount of fighterjets
    can subdue Devil viruses. Curtail defence budget. Put more $ into Healthcare and Daily Survival Budget of Singaporeans.

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  • cannot buy:

    Sufficient but cannot buy.
    Maybe we should learn from China to build a mask factory in 6 days .

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