Where are the new infections coming from?

Why are we still insisting on segregating the infections in the dorms from those “in the community”?

Now, those who work in the dorms are being infected.

The foreign workers in the dorms are part of us, part of our community, whether they are issued SHNs or not.

It has been 3 months since the virus broke out in the dorms. Can we already stop this nonsense of de-linking the workers from the rest of us?

It is not only stupid, it is also racist and xenophobic, and promotes discrimination and even hatred for the workers.

Take a map of Singapore and then mark out all the dorms which are infected.

And then ask yourself: which dorms are not “within the community” of Singapore?

Lastly, we need to ask if the lockdown of the workers in the dorms are resulting in the regularly high number of infections. That is, are the workers, because of the lockdown, infecting each other?

3 months and the numbers have not subsided.

The obvious question is: where are the new infections coming from?

 

Andrew Loh

 

 

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10 Responses to “Where are the new infections coming from?”

  • SG Boleh:

    The concern should be with the 12,000 that have been discharged from hospitials and commiunnity facilities. They are presumed to be clear of Covid-19 and will be returned to their employers. Are they going back to their dorms or will they be spread out across the island? Have all of them been tested negaive for C-19? One hundred percent sure? What if some of the tests give false negatives and some still carry the virus? It does not take many to start another wave of infection, but this time, it could be outside the dorms

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  • You’re Wrong::

    You got it wrong by saying it’s NEW infection. Its the OLD infection circulating, insidiously, stealthy in the dorm for a long, long time.

    The reasons why it is hidden, undetected are because :
    a) the foreign workers are younger and being young, masked many of the classic symptoms of covid-19.
    b) they self medicated or simply hide their illness because they don’t want to be sent back or lose their incomes thru absenteeism.
    c) they can’t afford to pay for the medication (this may sound funny – paying for medication where covid-19 treatment is now free for these workers). But on the beginning, foreign worker’s visit to polyclinic, private clinic has to be private fee and they can’t afford such fee. If they claim from company, sometimes the company, simply deducts from the worker’s pay for such medication.

    The blame should be on the govt for not seeing these black swans, blind spots, perfect storms or once-a-50-years events. A outcast society within our society that was not to be seen, hidden, neglected, exploited so much so that we, the people and the govt can’t see the problems, the issues, the challenges. Because of these factors, the govt grappled with framing this issue in the right context and in the correct narrative for a long time.

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  • From Us:

    Who is PAYING for these DORMS? Are we? From us taxpayers?

    Or Temasek Foundation…….and HOW WAS TEMASEK F FOUNDED OR FUNDED

    AGAIN FROM US……..TAXPAYERS?

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  • Prevention:

    Will be tough to prevent a second wave with so many infected here..
    Nearly 30,000 now…
    Best to concentrate to protect the vulnerable..
    A matter of time most of us will get a mild infection and recovered…as predicted by medical experts…
    Hopefully a affordable Vaccine will be available soon to protect lives…

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  • trublu:

    Seriously,we need to do more community-wide testing before unlocking lockdowns or we arw just GROPING AROUND.

    We do not know honestly the REAL NUMBER/proportion OF sgs/residents here who may have been infected.

    If there is a SECOND WAVE,it would be more serious than envisaged.
    We have not even been able to resolve DENGUE after so long even with detailed information?

    Lets be *kiasu* this time.
    It is better than being RECKLESS LIKE THE HARMFUL RECKLESS FT POLICY IMPLEMENTATION that causes many sgs to suffer ECONOMIC ILLNESS n its many negati e consequences for the past 2 decades???

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  • patriot of TUMASIK:

    Andrew by Highlighting the FW in Doms and us as you would put it…

    ONly Expose them for what they really are…

    Racist-Corrupt(LEEgally) and Incompetent…

    to cover their Evil past treatment of the FWs they(FW) are now rewarded with meals served and Services that they only DREAM of…What about our Elderly working in Hawker Centres- Cleaning toilets and picking Cardboards as a FORM of Excercise…Don’t they DESERVE BETTER???…F…..g Hypocrites!!!

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  • opposition dude:

    It’s assumed that the virus kicks in for their victims daily. And it’s also good that we are at home most of the time or else the cases would easily be in the 20s or so per day.

    The more important thing is that the cases among Singaporeans have gone down. We have seen just how inept PAP is with the Banglas, no effort has been made to bring down those cases and we are getting something like 400 to 600 infections daily. The only good thing is that they are all quarantined in their respective dorms just like we are in our own homes so they don’t spread it out into the general public.

    Just be careful when from 2 June onwards when you step out. Better to continue wearing a mask because none of us knows just how many more locals will be infected after that.

    Take care and stay safe fellow Singaporeans!

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  • NotMyProblem:

    ” ….. where are the new infections coming from?”

    @Andrew; the answer is they don’t know. The taskforce team did not even bother to find where were all those infected cases came from. That’s the reason they just shut off every thing!

    There was no case from public transport even initially when there was no mask required. Now with circuit breaker to reduce commuters for safe distancing in public transport, LTA reduce operation frequency. With the reduced ridership, Minister Khaw wants to increase fare.

    There was no case from hawker centers even before safe distancing. With safe distancing now, nobody is allowed to eat at hawker centers. Resulted taxi drivers, delivery and those on the move unable to eat anywhere.

    Those seniors who are working are also affected. Employers encourage seniors not to go to work (take unpaid leaves) to protect them from the virus, even after lifting of circuit breaker. How many seniors were infected outside elder case centers?

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  • WakeupSG:

    Family of Bishan MRT service ambassador also infected with COVID-19 and linked to Cochrane Lodge II cluster

    One of the cases linked to this woman is a 62-year-old man (29743) who worked at the Cochrane Lodge II dormitory, which is an identified cluster with a total of 394 confirmed cases so far. Cochrane Lodge II was declared an isolation area on 13 April. MOH did not state when the man experienced an onset of symptoms.

    The three other family members include a 33-year-old male (29764), a 27-year old female (29745), and 34-year old man (29744).

    All four are Singaporean citizens and were confirmed to have the virus on 20 May, according to MOH.

    Given the connection to a previous case and the fact that one of them works at the migrant worker dormitory, MOH has linked cases 29743, 29744 29745 and 29764 as household contacts of Case 28271 and to the Cochrane Lodge II cluster.

    https://www.onlinecitizenasia.com/2020/05/22/family-of-bishan-mrt-service-ambassador-also-infected-with-covid-19-and-linked-to-cochrane-lodge-ii-cluster/

    IF THERE ARE MORE OF SUCH LAPSES OF THOSE FROM THE COMMUNITY WHO WORK AT THE FWs DORMS GET INFECTED & SPREAD IT TO THE REST OF US UNKNOWINGLY
    THERE IS GOING TO BE A SECOND WAVE OF VIRUS SPREADING TO THE COMMUNITY. THE QUESTION IS WHY THIS MAN’S INFECTION WAS UNDETECTED EARLY & INFECTED HIS FAMILY MEMBER WHO WORKS AS BISHAN MRT SERVICE AMBASSADOR & 3 OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS!

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  • Yoda:

    A typical report by CNA states:
    “The vast majority of cases are work permit holders residing in foreign dormitories”

    So how many are not residing in the dormitories? Should not these cases
    be included in “community’ cases??

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