COVID-19 in Singapore

COVID-19 has devastated the whole world with almost 4.9 million infected cases and 320,000 deaths since it started at Wuhan China in December 2019.

Singapore is not spared.

We have the highest infection rate in South East Asia with about 28,800 cases and 22 deaths, a relatively low death rate of mainly elderly people.

In the beginning of COVID-19 in December 2019, our MIW (Man-In-White) took a lackluster approach in tackling the deadly decease and declared with slogans like “Not so serious as SARS”, “No need to wear masks unless unwell”, “No Social Distancing”, no nothing.

Basically, it was business as usual with minimal economic and social disruption.

But two months later in February 2020, the rates of community infection and death climbed vertically north with hundreds of daily infections and the emergence of many sporadic disease transmission clusters all over the island.

This drastic escalation of infections shocked the MIW.

They quickly altered their tactics and implemented the self-coined ”Circuit-Breaker” ( Lockdown ) from 7th April 2020 for tentatively 30 days, to wait and see.

With this Circuit Breaker implementation, instantaneously

- non-essential businesses were closed,

- people were barred from leaving their home except for buying groceries,

- everybody must wear a mask when outside their home,

- all schools closed and students were forced to take e-learning at home.

- social distancing at operating business outlets and transport services were enforced,

- nobody is allowed to visit anybody except those staying in the same address.

- parents were barred from bringing their babies to their grand-parents for daycare,

The whole island was almost like under curfew.

Now, looking at the statistic of infection figures here, the most alarming fact is the horrendously high infections among low-wage migrant workers compared to local citizens and permanent residents.

Out of 22,500 infected persons in Singapore, almost 90% (20,250) were low-wage migrant workers.

The first four infected migrant workers were detected at a dormitory (S11 Dormitory at Seletar Lin), owned and operated by PA grassroots leader on March 30,2020.

Shockingly, from 4 cases it increases to 20,200 cases within 40 days (505 cases/day).

What caused such a rapid increase in infection among the migrant workers and also why such a wide disparity between locals and migrant workers?.

The simple reason is that these low-wage migrant workers were housed in densely packed quarters in close proximity.

Presently, there are about 323,000 low-wage migrant workers in Singapore, who take on jobs shunned by Singaporeans in industries such as construction, estate maintenance and manufacturing, thereby making it possible for Singaporean’s PMET to hold their jobs.

We must appreciate and be grateful that these poorly paid migrant workers help build Singapore’s prosperity and formed the base of our economy.

Instead, from day one, almost all migrant workers were housed in purpose-built dormitories, largely owned and operated by MIW lackeys who made hundreds of millions annually.

Generally, each room in the dormitory is packed with 10 – 12 workers like sardines and they had to share common cooking, eating, washing, and toilet facilities.

Common sense will tell you that with such packed living quarters, it takes only one infected person to easily spread the COVID 19 to the rest of the dormitory community of thousands.

These 40 over dormitories with over-crowded living quarters are like time bombs waiting to explode long before the first COVID case.

Yet, our Mr. Tan Juan Jin, former Manpower Minister has the guts to say “Conditions in dorms NOT the main reason for cluster” and stupidly compared the worker’s dorm to overseas student dorm.

In the same breath, he says “Outbreaks likely due to a highly contagious virus and people living in close quarters”.

What an idiot!.

To read more of his explanation on how a hair is split like what he said above, click here

No wonder he is supposedly ‘demoted’ from a minister to be just a Speaker of Parliament.

Not long ago, he was a hot favorite to be our future Prime Minister. Thank God has eyes.

Now, let me curtailed my political musing and ranting at our 4G leaders.

Instead, let me share with you some of my personal experiences and how I manage my time during this tough circuit breaker period.

As you probably know, on April 7th the original set of safe distancing measures to bend the curve of increasing local transmission which was supposed to end May 4th, were extended to June 1st.

After I stopped driving a taxi in December 2019 ( before COVID 19), I spent most of my time staying at home, tending to my corridor garden, drawing, cooking, and sleeping more than necessary. The Stay At Home rule, therefore, doesn’t really affect me.

I’m categorized as “vulnerable seniors” which by the way appears to be the “politically-correct” term Singapore is now adopting to replace the term “elderly”.

I’ve been out of my house only on alternate days to buy groceries at Sheng Siong and Giant supermarkets just in front of my house, with a mask on.

My desktop computer is now my best buddy during most of my waking hours.

I surf the internet like a bee in a honeycomb, watching YouTube videos on how to cook simple food, magic shows, Simon Cowell’s “Got Talent Show “, and also watched a handful of very good movies on Netflix like Viking, Money Heist, Homeland and Dirty Money (an episode on Najib Rasak).

I would love to read some novels or non-fiction books but my defective eyesight damaged by glaucoma makes reading torture with splitting headache.

As I depart from this post, may I share with you some meaningful advice from my acquaintance’s blog at http://lohandbehold.com/

Quote:

“The Singapore Government has given everyone S$600/-. If being 600 bucks richer is important to you, then keep your money, if not, please consider offering a helping hand to our migrant workers by making a donation to MEANS (Migrants Emergency Assistant and Support) Community Impact Fund.

“When God blesses you financially, don’t raise your standard of living only. Also, raise your standard of giving”.

“If you’re more fortunate than others, build a longer dining table, not a taller fence”

These will remain as nice saying unless you actually do something about them.

 

James Lim

* The author blog regularly at http://cabby65.blogspot.com/.

 

 

 

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12 Responses to “COVID-19 in Singapore”

  • Collect cardboards as exercise:

    TCJ is the male version of that jamban woman LBW, always full of antics, hypocrisy and wayangs so as to stay in the limelight and top of the food chain.

    Uncle can’t recall any significant ideas and outstanding contributions so far other than once in a while uttering some hot airs.

    Just a loudspeaker, nothing more.

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  • Tracey Ching:

    James, you are wrong. You forgot the principle of the ruling elite. 我要负天下人,好过天下人负我!They are inherently selfish and despicable. They like to bully their own citizens. For example, porforma here and there, trying to silence the truth. For many years, they refused to reveal the financial package of the second Wife. She cannot cite privacy as she was not a ignorant young bride. At the point of marriage, the second Wife was in her thirties.

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  • Top Money for Top Talents:

    Dear James,
    Singaporeans had been shouting Singaporean First and yet you are raising fund for foreigners ?

    Is your religion making use of this pandemic to propagate your faith with other non believers donation money ?

    You are a danger to local Singaporeans and our PAP Singaporeans First Policy.

    Singaporeans want more jobs, more money to take their family to study cooking at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in Paris just like Tan Yong Soon.

    Of course, some Singaporeans prefer to buy condominium or tour to Europe/NZ/OZ etc.

    Generally, all Singaporeans are rich and have 2 cars.
    That explain why we PAP always win every single election, including GE2020.

    GE2020.PAP.Guarantee.Win.All
    Majullah $PAP$ $PAP$ Huat$ Huat$ Huat$
    Singaporeans must be Cheaper, Better, Faster.
    Workers must accept wage sacrifices to keep businesses going.

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  • "COVIDIOTS" wear white:

    Straits Times: Ho Ching slams fake news spread by “ex-nurse” who was allegedly recalled to care for sick migrant workers

    Ho Ching’s “COVIDIOTS” should also include:

    (1) those who responsible to not stockpiling enough masks;

    (2) those who advised not to wear mask unless sick; and,

    (3) those who allowed the building of the foreign workers’ dorm when it was clear AT THE OUTSET they are a big public health risk.

    Do you know who they are?

    Hint: They like to wear white.

    BTW, what do you call those responsible for losing BILLIONS of taxpayers’ money during the 2008 financial crisis?

    Answer: STUPIDIOTS. Yes, they also related to the “whites”.

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  • trublu:

    The thing is COVID is driven by GLOBALISATION.
    Even germs TRAVEL FASTER THAN BEFORE.
    germs are as impatient as those RICH N POWEROOL$ trying to spread their POWER N INCREASE THEIR WEALTH NON-$top?

    Even SARS did not spread as fast n wide?
    It was more REGIONAL than GLOBAL.

    So,blame who?
    The corona virus or the GREED VIRU$?

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  • Tough Future by Gold Std:

    I cannot wait to give them a landslide mandate so that all the many tough measures can come our way.

    Planning to retire elsewhere.

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  • limpei:

    Josephine Teo should be fired, period!

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  • vote wise:

    PAP is the longest running virus in sg…its called the PAP4G virus.
    folks we are the vaccine to fight it and eradicate it once and for all..
    its caused a lot of damage to its citizens.
    will u allow this sickening virus to taint your life & health forever?

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  • You are right:

    Collect cardboards as exercise:
    TCJ is the male version of that jamban woman LBW, always full of antics, hypocrisy and wayangs so as to stay in the limelight and top of the food chain.

    Uncle can’t recall any significant ideas and outstanding contributions so far other than once in a while uttering some hot airs.

    Just a loudspeaker, nothing more.

    Uncle JL is “Just a loudspeaker, nothing more.” How many of us have the benefit of excess cash (when he asked us to donate $600) and luxury time like him, especially during this job-less 2 months of CB?

    From his post, I think he is wasting his sunset years doing what he is doing, and sharing nothing edifying to feed the body & the mind.

    I am reading from a low-life who doesn’t help to generate good-will.

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  • trublu:

    TCJ going down the drain.
    The more he tries,the UGLIER he looks.

    If this is the kind of GENERAL we have,i ssy forget it!

    I expect generals to be more manly.
    This kind of talking is girlish.

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  • @ You are right got it wrong:

    [Uncle JL is “Just a loudspeaker, nothing more.” How many of us have the benefit of excess cash (when he asked us to donate $600) and luxury time like him, especially during this job-less 2 months of CB .... I think he is wasting his sunset years doing what he is doing, and sharing nothing edifying to feed the body & the mind. I am reading from a low-life who doesn’t help to generate good-will.]

    The $600 was handed out to all Singaporeans across the board: to those grandpas clearing food court tables at $6/hr as well as to the executives making $10,000/month. So the writer is imploring the richer Singaporeans to please donate at least part of their $600 to a good cause for the needy.

    “He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.”
    - Confucius

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  • Siginna:

    Since the US is suing China for lacklustre performance in this Covid-19 pandemic, shall we Singaporean also not sue our government, especially the PINKY, for giving poor advise at the start of this pandemic. If he had not tell the people not to wear mask, even though well, then the spread would had been minimised. If they had listened and reacted from NGOs regarding the situation inthe dormitories, perhaps there will be less spreading there too.

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