PAP govt believes it can multi-task on fighting COVID-19 and carry out the general elections

With 17 new cases on Monday (16 Mar), the total number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore hit a high of 243 cases as at 16 March.

Is the situation still under control as asserted by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in his speech last week?

Despite the accolades Singapore received from World Health Organisation (WHO) and others, the number of new cases continue to climb, now, even more sharply in double-digits over the last week or so. What did the Multi-Ministry Task Force not do right in containing the community spread of the virus and curbing the importation of new cases?

Today, the coronavirus has penetrated into the fabric of our society from church members who attended services together to people from corporate offices, learning organizations, foreign workers, to private functions in SAFRA Jurong (the latter created the biggest cluster of 47 linked cases). Young and old are not spared the threat — the youngest was a 6 months old boy and the oldest was a 79 years old female Singapore citizen.

With infection cases and fatalities rising by large numbers in several countries (Iran, Italy, Germany, France, to name a few), and among ASEAN countries, except for Malaysia with 428 cases, Singapore has the highest at 243 cases. In fact, we are surrounded by a ring of fire as all ASEAN neighbors have COVID-19 cases.

So far for Singapore, neither the “containment of local transmission “ nor the prevention of increase of import cases” have been overwhelmingly successful.

What’s the real value of massive deployment of manpower to do contact tracing if the close contacts are not all tested? I understand not all persons on the contact list can be tested which could be a loophole in stamping out community transmissions

There were several clusters being formed which contributed to the sharp increase in local community spread like the Grace Assembly of God church, Life Church and Missions, Wizlearn Technologies in Science Park and SAFRA Jurong.

SAFRA Jurong was the biggest cluster with 47 cases which originated from big private functions. Take a close look at the attached illustration- it was not possible to determine who in the dinner function spread to who in the cluster and those outside the cluster. The dinner functions were held on 15 Feb but there are still cases popping up now.

Take Case 196 — a 73 year old female SG citizen with no recent travel history to affected areas; she is a contact of Case 107 and 148 and is linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

Case 107 is a 68 year old female SG citizen with no travel history to affected areas but had been in Jakarta. She is linked to Case 94.

Case 148 is a 67 year old female SG citizen who had been to Indonesia from 11-14 Feb. She is the contact of Case 107 and is linked to the SAFRA Jurong cluster.

It looks clean cut on paper but there is no way to prove that Case 148 and 107 were not imported cases from Indonesia.

If the health authority knew that COVID-19 infections were confirmed among some participants in SAFRA Jurong, why didn’t they test them for COVID-19? I understand they could not test everyone but clearly they had detected some infected participants and if the entire group of 200 diners were tested, the growth of SAFRA Jurong cluster could have been contained.

How many participants of the SAFRA Jurong function were actually confirmed infected much later but still going about their daily routines?

Guardian (UK) on 12 March reported:

“Many Coronavirus infections may be spread by people who have recently caught the virus and have not yet begun to show symptoms, scientists have found.”

“An analysis of infections in Singapore and Tianjin in China revealed that two-thirds and three-quarters of the people respectively appear to have caught it from others who were incubating the virus but still symptom-free.”

“The finding has dismayed infectious disease researchers as it means that isolating people once they start to feel ill will be far less effective at slowing the pandemic than had been hoped.”

“In the Singapore cluster, between 45% and 84% of the infections appeared to come from people incubating the virus. In China, the figures ranged from 65% to as much as 87%.”

Unless there is more extensive testing of people who have come into contact with confirmed cases, there is always a risk of infections from asymptomatic people. This alone, will make it very difficult for the Task Force to succeed in the “ containment strategy” to stamp out local transmissions.

On the external front, the stoppage of imported cases is becoming a great challenge for the Task Force. The recent ramp-up measures aren’t enough and a way too late. I understand the reason why they could not be done earlier.

The 17 new cases on Monday is a record high of which, 11 are imported cases. It must be hard for the Multi-ministry Task Force to balance public health with economics as PM Lee said: “We are not locking down our city like the Chinese , South Koreans or Italians have done.” (Straits Times 13 March).

New Malaysia PM Muhyiddin Yassin has just announced a nationwide lock-down of the country with limited movement between 18 to 31 March. He is obviously determined to turn the tide to stop the sharp increases of virus infections in his country.

As all countries across the world are battle-ready to fight against the exponential increases in infections, Singapore is different as the PAP government believes it can multi-task — to fight the coronavirus and carry out the Election at the same time.

Is the People’s Action Party (PAP) government being totally irresponsible and selfish towards Singaporeans by taking its eye off the ball and diverting attention and resources to fight a general election when the people are fighting for their lives against an invisible enemy?

Let’s see what the future beholds for them.

Keep safe, protect yourself with a mask in a crowded area; practise social distancing.

 

 

Kok Ming Cheang

 

 

yyy
SPONSORED ADVERTISEMENT
Loading...

12 Responses to “PAP govt believes it can multi-task on fighting COVID-19 and carry out the general elections”

  • I beg to differ:

    Quite surprisingly, Taiwan still increase by 23 cases today despite wearing masks as an earlier article written and praise by Roy.

    Malaysia currently 790 approx 2.5 times of sg cases. As moniker Malay Sure Boleh pointed out Malaysia also never enforce wear mask compulsory.

    Maybe Boris Johnson suggestion or method maybe correct.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Take precaution:

    Better be safe than sorry.
    Take all necessary precaution to limit the spread.
    Encourage the use of mask and practice good personal hygiene.
    Do much more testing if needed to detect those who may be infected with mild symptom or without high temperature.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • PAPVID-20:

    After the EBRC released its report on Friday the 13th (of Feb) and PM’s hint that GE may be held anytime soon, here is the list of the no. of COVID-19 cases :

    13 Feb – 13
    14 Feb – 12
    15 Feb – 14
    16 Feb – 17
    17 Feb – 23
    18 Feb – 47

    PAP, still don’t get it? Still don’t know this is the result of Law of Cause and Effect? Still haven’t got the message from HIM up there?

    By the way, today’s confirmed cases was already at 47 at noon time. How come when the news was out at 9 in the evening, the cases remains at 47? Really no more positive cases after noon? Or it it no more testing after noon? Or is there a cut-off no. of cases per day?

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Not Twice:

    Are we seeing the consequence of the incompetents, indecisive and lackadaisical approach of handling the Covit-19? I think its only the tip of the iceberg.

    Or, that may be the reason why they are so eager to secure another 5 years term quickly before the matter and numbers erupt.

    Or using Covit-19 as a excuse to ask people for “Mandate” to handle the situation.

    Hell NO! You not going to fool me twice.

    Judgement Time.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Educating Singaporeans:

    Dear Kok,
    You said:
    //New Malaysia PM Muhyiddin Yassin has just announced a nationwide lock-down of the country with limited movement between 18 to 31 March. He is obviously determined to turn the tide to stop the sharp increases of virus infections in his country.//

    Let me educate you, Singaporeans.

    Malaysia PM is using the pandemic situation to control the movement of his political enemies.

    He use it to first attack his political enemies.

    As for the citizens, it is secondary.

    So please help spread my truth to all Singaporeans on all social media.

    PAP.GUARANTEED.WIN.GE2020
    Vote PAP, Vote for 9% GST to give PAP 9 months bonus.
    PAP Huat, Huat, Huat arh

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • opposition dude:

    From now until end April will be the time to watch how the virus spreads on the island and if PAP will actually be daft enough to call for the GE.

    I don’t know how the majority of people feel about the number of cases we have got. Are they of the opinion that there aren’t that many compared to other countries or do they think we have quite a number of cases from January until today?

    If PAP thinks that rallies and voting won’t cause too many to be infected then they will definitely go ahead with it. It’s difficult to tell just how fast a person will fall sick though.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • uselessgov:

    BOMBSHELL – CRONY CAPITALISM FIRST, COVID-19 LAST? VINCENT TAN FETES AZMIN TO LUNCH AT LONDON’S MOST EXPENSIVE CHINESE RESTAURANT, WHILE ZURAIDA HOLDS LAVISH GRAND ‘THANKSGIVING DINNER’ AT TYCOON’S HOTEL ON SAME NIGHT AS MUHYIDDIN’S ‘BIG ANNOUNCEMENT’- HOW SERIOUS IS MUHYIDDIN’S BACKDOOR CABINET WHEN CORONAVIRUS IS ON THE POINT OF GOING VIRAL & THREATENING MALAYSIAN LIVES?

    this is why malaysian chinese are not welcome in malaysia. they robbed the natives, tying up with Taib and gang of thieves and destroy the land via deforestation, logging.

    what BULSHIT and PROPAGANDA by our gov making $$$ out of this.

    malaysians chinese don’t make SACRIFICES, only STEALING other ppl JOBS n LAND plus destroying gov, their OWN GOV.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Not Idiot:

    The number of confirmed cases have gone up in Malaysia. The recent exodus into SG by Malaysians and locals to beat the lockdown could mean an increase in the number of imported cases here. Was there any screening done at the check-points? It is unlikely that the lock-down will end any time soon if Malaysia sees a spike in number. If JB allows for travel exceptions, that could mean more cross-border transmissions. New cases in SG almost tripled from 17-47. If this tripling trend continues for another 1-2 weeks we could be seeing Code Red.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • It Could Have Been Better:

    It didn’t have to be this way.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Darth Vader:

    1) You have no proof Muhyiddin Yassin is using this to control his rivals. You either produce your proof here or you admit that you are spreading fake news

    2) For that matter, anyone can just as easily say that the pap wants to have snap GE now so that the opposition cannot campaign because the police can easily reject their rally applications on the grounds of risk of Covid-19 infection spread whereas the pap monopolizes and censors the press, meaning that the electorate only hears what they say

    3) If the pap TRULY cares about locals they will ensure that the only foreigners who get high paying PMET jobs here would be world class people of the caliber of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, not crap like edz ello, anton casey or ramesh erramalli

    4) Likewise, if the pap TRULY cares about locals they will not tell us to settle for a monthly salary of only $1,000/- a month, the de facto poverty line in Singapore since that is the recommended minimum wage for unskilled workers like cleaners or gardeners so that we can get welfare benefits. Instead, they will want us to get high paying jobs so that we can be financially independent

    So everyone, what do you think is correct, what I just said here or pap sucks 2020′s crap? Read both and decide for yourself. And as for you pap sucks 2020, you can go copulate with yourself for constantly spreading bullshit here

    Educating Singaporeans:
    Dear Kok,
    You said:
    //New Malaysia PM Muhyiddin Yassin has just announced a nationwide lock-down of the country with limited movement between 18 to 31 March. He is obviously determined to turn the tide to stop the sharp increases of virus infections in his country.//

    Let me educate you, Singaporeans.

    Malaysia PM is using the pandemic situation to control the movement of his political enemies.

    He use it to first attack his political enemies.

    As for the citizens, it is secondary.

    So please help spread my truth to all Singaporeans on all social media.

    PAP.GUARANTEED.WIN.GE2020
    Vote PAP, Vote for 9% GST to give PAP 9 months bonus.
    PAP Huat, Huat, Huat arh

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • Pro pappies:

    Today got 23 Pappies luau Wong and xiasuay!

    GD Star Rating
    loading...
  • What a sicko!:

    Educating Singaporeans:
    Dear Kok,
    You said:
    //New Malaysia PM Muhyiddin Yassin has just announced a nationwide lock-down of the country with limited movement between 18 to 31 March. He is obviously determined to turn the tide to stop the sharp increases of virus infections in his country.//

    Let me educate you, Singaporeans.

    Malaysia PM is using the pandemic situation to control the movement of his political enemies.

    He use it to first attack his political enemies.

    As for the citizens, it is secondary.

    So please help spread my truth to all Singaporeans on all social media.

    PAP.GUARANTEED.WIN.GE2020
    Vote PAP, Vote for 9% GST to give PAP 9 months bonus.
    PAP Huat, Huat, Huat arh

    Classic example of an irritating mischievous idiot of a high order.
    Don’t pollute your brand of “education” on anyone.
    Anyway anybody can see through your pigmy mentality.
    Educate yourself first that is if you understand what “education” is all about.

    GD Star Rating
    loading...

Leave a Reply

 characters available


Scroll Down For More Interesting Stuff


Member Services
Self-SupportMembers LoginSelf-Support
VirusVirusVirus
Sponsored Advertisement
Search On TR Emeritus
Sponsored Advertisement
Most Recent Comments
  • Lie Con U: It should not have happen,but it did we are sorry and let’s move on. This will the reply from Josephine...
  • Ang Mo Tua Kee: “And if you are ang moh, bathe before going out” And you, bathe before I come in.
  • NOT SOME BLAME, ALL THE BLAME: As above….
  • Harder Truths: We live on this small overpopulated smelly and disease infested island because of the pappies –...
  • Tan Kin Lian April 9 dateline: PAP better have the word “Circuit-Breaker” patented. Trump might want to...
  • patriot of TUMASIK: John Lim: Why nobody say about crowding in trains and buses??? Simple lah!!! put an X on...
  • Nk: Signing of assistance and collection of mask are dry run for voters.
  • TRE Techie: “According to the MOH, the affected 13,000 resident workers at S11 Dormitory and 6,800 resident...
  • Nk: Never install require fixture eg(any circuits) is 100per cent contractor’s fault.
  • Nk: One min.tell people to stay united.next min to stay One meter apart.can go bonkers.
  • Hu Chian: @TRE Techie Without a doubt, Lawrence Wong and team is daft. Lawrence should go to hell. They are making...
  • Tan Kin Lian April 9 dateline: TRE Techie: “Meanwhile, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong told the...
  • Alvin Lam: No one knows how much SG reserves has. Until now ,the govt have not release our CPF during this COVID-19...
  • Realistically: @ Andrew Loh “I’ve so far refrained from criticising the govt’s effort in tackling the outbreak,...
  • Taskforce, wake up!: I have to point out that the taskforce is still not fully awake. Please, get your knowledge up...
  • Asd: I think it is irresponsible to inform the nation via tv no need to wear mask if not sick when any sensible...
  • LW, wake up!: “Once the circuit breaker (measures) kicks in, all foreign workers, on top of (those in) isolation...
  • Big disaster in the making: You know the cruise ship cases? All passengers, 3000 or more, get quarantined inside the...
Announcement
Advertisements
Advertisements
Visitors Statistic
Latest Statistic

UA-67043412-1