Lockdown is no ‘magic solution’ to get rid of Covid-19 in Singapore

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong

Drastic measures like a 2-week lockdown of the island city is not the “magic solution” to completely eradicate the deadly SARS-CoV-2 virus in Singapore, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong.

The minister was responding to media queries at a press conference  on Tuesday (31 March) as to why the island city has not been in a lock down.

There is a view, I think, that people sometimes say, ‘why don’t you just… don’t have to wait, just go for the drastic measures now, go for the so-called lockdown today, do it for two weeks then life can go back to normal.

There is no magic solution as (a) two-week lockdown and then we are free from the virus. It will not happen.

With countries around the world resorting to taking drastic lockdown measures to contain the spread of the virus, Mr Wong, who co-chairs the multi-ministerial task force to handle the Covid-19 situation, opined that although Singapore could have taken “more drastic measures sooner”, it “will not eradicate the virus”.

It will still be with us and we will still have to continue with this set of measures – like what we are today – for maybe months.

So we are in this for the long haul. We have to prepare that we have to deal with this situation for quite a long period of time.

The minister then warned that the island city will be “exposed continuously to recurring waves of infection from around the world” and local transmission in the island city will continue due to this.

(It) is not just one month, two months, but potentially all the way until the end of the year and beyond.

So, we have to find measures that can control, slow down the virus and do so in a way that is sustainable – not just for two weeks, two months, but all the way through to the end of the year.

Although health authorities have announced a number of measures to attempt to control the spread of the deadly virus, local community-spread cases continue to rise on a daily basis, with a total of 93 dangerously unlinked cases reported to date (31 Mar).

On the measures currently implemented, independent thinking Netizens have mostly criticised them as half-baked and retarded, ineffective and for show only. Many have also opined that more effective measures could have been implemented to stop the virus spread effectively but, due to political concerns they were not.

Our in-house techie, who ‘survived’ the Covid-19 pandemic and 3-month-long lockdown in Hubei province agrees with the ‘learned’ minister that initiating only a lockdown of 2 weeks would not eradicate the virus.

However, “the focus for the task force should rightly be on containing the spread instead of eradicating the virus”, he opined.

He suggested that “a lockdown should be coupled with other cheap, fast, straight-forward and effective supplimentary measures to contain the virus spread.”

“Once the (virus) spread has been contained, the deadly virus would technically be ‘eradicated’ as it has no where to go”, he added.

As a matter of fact, these measures have been implemented in Wuhan, the most infected city in China, and it worked as expected. The virus city was ‘cleared’ of the deadly virus in about 2 months and no fresh local infection cases have been reported since end March. These are straight-forward measures that have been proven to work in containing the (virus ) spread.

Singapore is a very very very small island, it would have been much more easier to implement some adaptations of the measures applied in Wuhan without a prolong lock down (about 2-3 weeks), depending on logistics and available resources.

A “magical solution” Singapore does not need. What the island city need are leaders that are dedicated and determined to solving the current pandemic without the political wayangs and BS. GE can then be safely called in June, less the “fear” factor.

Our techie has agreed to sharing his personal  experience being locked down in Hubei and what measures he has seen  being successfully implemented by Chinese authorities in separate articles, to be published on TR Emeritus gradually.

Meanwhile, as of 31 March 2020, @1200 hours, local health authorities have confirmed and verified an additional 47 cases of Covid-19 infections, of which 16 are imported and 31 are local cases who have no recent travel history abroad.

• The 16 imported cases had travel history to Australia, Europe, ASEAN and other parts of Asia.
• 13 cases are linked to previous cases or clusters.
• 18 cases are currently unlinked, and contact tracing is ongoing.

Of the 926 confirmed cases, 423 have recovered and been discharged from hospital, 22 are in critical condition and 3 have died.

 

 

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20 Responses to “Lockdown is no ‘magic solution’ to get rid of Covid-19 in Singapore”

  • no way out now:

    as long as they welcome every dicky tom and harrys into our country ,these events will be a “close enemy” from now on..
    the miws are trying to achieve hero status collecting as many accolades as they can …you die your business !

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Who NEEDS a Magic Solution…we need IMMEDIATE ACTION for a Min..4 week’s Lockdown to be effective…How idiotic can a Minister be when Children & the elderly are at risk and Economy is in his MIND +++ his Monthly take HOME PAY laughing all the way to the BANK!!!

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  • TruBlu:

    No need LOCK DOWN,JUST SEND INFECTED TO SENTOSA HOTELS TO RECUPERATE.

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  • PAPVID-20:

    Just 2 wks ago Lawrence told us sg will not rule out a lockdown to tackle the growing threat of the coronavirus outbreak.

    Now, he says a lockdown is not a magic solution.

    No wonder he cried in parliament last wk.

    Oh! So poor thing. So confused! He’s under so much stress. On one hand he wants a lockdown so as to quickly contain the virus spread. On the other hand, boss says no lockdown and wants him to instead make people scared.

    Looks like pap is planning to welcome more virus like they’ve welcomed the foreigners, huh?

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  • Tremendous:

    LW, deliver results instead of saying this cannot that cannot. The country you lead is far behind many on infection and death rates already, yet you still draw millions. But at least you got guts take the poison arrow and co chair covid 19 with HSK and CCS taking smaller roles. With the dual pulling out 48b from reserves is nothing since the ‘don’t know race prez’ was from the same pack. Anyway 48b should not be seen as a big number since that self endorsed prez didn’t bat an eyelid when an equal amount of sovereign funds vapourised from our coffers.

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  • opposition dude:

    Basically what PAP is saying that whatever they are doing is good, whatever they have not done until today is no good because of this reason and that reason.

    But as with all things in life, you don’t have to tell people that you are inept, your actions will show it very clearly.

    With the numbers of cases we have now it won’t be long before we hit the magic 1000 cases mark. The dafts out there have completely forgotten to ask why there is a surge in the number of cases all of a sudden and to no one’s surprise PAP has not mentioned why there is a surge too. So all pretend that nothing serious is going on loh, simple as that.

    Next thing we might hear is that medical resources are stretched since staff have been working non stop on patients. As if staff suddenly live in the hospital and need not sleep at all, yu think you can do your job effectively without rest ah?

    And we are gearing up for an expected election too! Ho seh man!

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  • “The minister then warned that the island city will be “exposed continuously to recurring waves of infection from around the world” and local transmission in the island city will continue due to this.”

    Another load of BS. Incoming all banned liao, virus can fly meh? The reason why iit is spreading like fire locally is because the needed and correct measures are not implemented instead all the half-baked ones are.

    When China NHC said before June, they weren’t bullshitting and managed to stop the local infections right in its track with simple, straight-forward and effective measures. Not only did they contained pandemic in Wuhan, they did it for the whole country and how many times biggy is China compared to the tiny red dot Sinkapore?

    Sinkapore is failing in its measures is b’cos China put its citizens’ well-being above political repercussions while Aristocrats are more concerned with party continuity.

    I am sure Sinkaporeans are more than willing to bite the bullet for a few weeks if the aristocrats come up with measures that will solve the problem like China did.

    Am I wrong?

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  • Hu Chian:

    Lawrence Wong is a disgrace, between the tangible and the intangible,
    everything he says lacks substance or reality. What are the results?
    Conman extraordinaire.

    ” All that exists, says Epicurus, is corporeal; the intangible is non-existent, or empty space.”

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  • You are right:

    TRE Techie:
    “The minister then warned that the island city will be “exposed continuously to recurring waves of infection from around the world” and local transmission in the island city will continue due to this.”

    Another load of BS. Incoming all banned liao, virus can fly meh? The reason why iit is spreading like fire locally is because the needed and correct measures are not implemented instead all the half-baked ones are.

    When China NHC said before June, they weren’t bullshitting and managed to stop the local infections right in its track with simple, straight-forward and effective measures. Not only did they contained pandemic in Wuhan, they did it for the whole country and how many times biggy is China compared to the tiny red dot Sinkapore?

    Sinkapore is failing in its measures is b’cos China put its citizens’ well-being above political repercussions while Aristocrats are more concerned with party continuity.

    I am sure Sinkaporeans are more than willing to bite the bullet for a few weeks if the aristocrats come up with measures that will solve the problem like China did.

    Am I wrong?

    Countries which initially criticized China then are imitating her now. Only China’s external critics are wrong & that means angmo tua-kee & associates banana soil-kee banana tua-kang need recalibration ….. on their attitudes & megalomania.

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  • Great Asia:

    PAP fat cats are all western educated bananas.

    Whatever the angmoh gao do, shallow PAP monkeys will emulate.

    So when you see angmoh countries so jialat, you should have known that Singapore will be jialat as well.

    From day one I already told you, it’s a PAP wayang.

    Ha ha ha!

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  • WakeupSG:

    Because the govt is thinking of calling a Pandemic GE they instead implement soft measures to “play politics” to be nice hoping to win votes later!

    We can’t afford to be nice to open opportunities to Covid-19 virus by not taking drastic measures to speedily combat this deadly virus!

    As reported the local cases have close in on the imported ones, 422 vs 504 respectively on 31st March!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Minister Lawrence Wong must know we are talking about containing the spread of virus not “eradicating the virus”. Minister Wong, the job of eradication is for scientists not you.

    The taskforce has implemented several measures, they are nothing but half-baked and ineffective. For example, safe distancing in almost everywhere but not in public transportation.

    Now MOM even wants to teach employers who need work-from-home and who don’t need to!! Does MOM know how this requirement affect businesses as if it is not bad enough already.

    It started off as leave-of-absence and changed to stay-home-order, because it was not enforceable from the start. The taskforce didn’t even know such order can affect friends and neighbours. It is now changed to LOA in facilities designated by MOH.

    MOE also comes with stupid idea of shutting schools for one day in a week, as if the virus is predicted to be active on that days that are shut.

    So we see new clusters and unlinked cases daily.

    Now Minister Wong said there is “no magic solution to eradicating the virus” but his boss has the solution for having general election during this pandemic period!!

    Minister Wong should ask his boss first before he says no magic solution, because his boss has!

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  • Nk:

    Singaporean taken ill.(STI)
    Stands at 1000.

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    patriot of TUMASIK:
    Who NEEDS a Magic Solution…we need IMMEDIATE ACTION for a Min..4 week’s Lockdown to be effective…How idiotic can a Minister be when Children & the elderly are at risk and Economy is in his MIND +++ his Monthly take HOME PAY laughing all the way to the BANK!!!

    The Idiot’s latest is a “system in place”…

    Systems are meant for “Organisation”…

    A Crisis and “this is a CRISIS”…needs IMMEDIATE “Organised” ACTION idiot!!!

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  • never voted pap:

    if pap Singapore had done the right things, the infected numbers would not have shot through the 1,000 mark.

    1st, Orange was declare way back in Feb. yet, borders wide open. infected all came in and infected local non traveling. now only close border. for ffff close barn door when horse already bolted.

    2nd, not enough mask say not enough mask. yet, pap lies about mask, and BSed with pap cry, Kenna then wear mask. so much so sheep all believed pap and mixed with imported from open borders. now too late.

    3rd, paid S$m to manage 3m local born and 3.9m aliens yet so non performing. look at macau. look at Taiwan. these folks paid so much less than pap pays each other yet macau and Taiwan performed so much better. it proves that unless S$m is earned legitimately, those stealing S$m won’t perform since they don’t deserve the S$m.

    WHAT to do?

    vote OPPO in GE2020. remove the pap liars. send those stealing S$m to jail. rewrite Singapore history. voila. Singapore shall, finally, surpass macau Taiwan. Until then, too bad. sheep, more and more of them, kenna.

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  • John Lim:

    Whoever sais LockdownLockdown may not be the Magic solution, but it is the only effective solution.

    All other countries are practicing it. China solved it by lockdown!

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  • John Lim:

    Lockdown may not be the Magic solution, but it is the only effective solution.

    All other countries are practicing it. China solved it by lockdown!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Not one country has a “magic solution”. Without the “magic solution”, countries and regions have effectively contain the virus. The people already celebrating. Some with recovery on sight.

    Our millions dollars task force ministers are still waiting for the magic solution. Maybe every day they are praying in their ivory tower.

    However, the Prime Minister, who is having his “hand full”, is preparing for General Election in the midst of this pandemic period. Maybe he has the magic solution.

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  • See the stupidity:

    Do you see the stupidity :

    1. One Chan idiot says I fear shortage so you sacrifice for me, do not wear.

    2. The stupid who heard from stupid chan actually believe and he got sick.

    3. One stupid chan said , because there is side effects to cure for cancer, he say do not get the treatment even though it could save your life.

    I rest my case.

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  • MAYelect:

    The writing is on the wall that 80% mandate shall be won by P.

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