Test everyone for quicker reopening of economy

The Government is right to open up the economy gradually as there are expected to be further asymptomatic Covid-19 cases in the community.

But a gradual opening will be at a tremendous cost to the economy, employees and business owners.

What’s more, even after the economy gradually opens up, there will still be asymptomatic cases in the community.

American economist Paul Romer has recommended conducting massive testing to instil confidence among the public about going to work or shopping.

The Chinese city of Wuhan, the original epicentre of the disease, succeeded in testing its entire population of 11 million people in 10 days through pooled testing.

Singapore can do the same and test the entire population.

At appropriate intervals, the testing can be repeated.

This is not a foolproof plan, but may provide the confidence to open up the economy faster and ultimately cost less. It may also be safer than a slow reopening.

 

SY Choo

 

 

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24 Responses to “Test everyone for quicker reopening of economy”

  • test more:

    Test more…and open with confidence.CB and restriction delay is killing more business and jobs…Very costly..worst than the Virus.
    Testing cheaper than spending $100B…

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  • Talk Cock Choo (pig):

    What! Forced people to submit to checks? Next time check your ass also for sodomy.
    Another Tan Kin Kian.

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  • Pandemic GE:

    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/general-elections-singapore-heng-swee-keat-covid19-12775996

    He cited the example of South Korea, which went to the polls last month with stringent COVID-19 precautions in place, and still achieved a record turnout. Some of the precautions include screening temperatures, ensuring safe distancing and requiring voters to wear masks and plastic gloves.

    BUT HSK DIDN’T SAY ABOUT SK MASS TESTING TO ROLL OUT A SAFE ELECTION ON TOP OF OTHER SAFEGUARDS!

    NYTIMES: South Korea has tested far more people for the coronavirus than any other country, enabling it to isolate and treat many people soon after they are infected.

    The country has conducted over 300,000 tests, for a per-capita rate more than 40 times that of the United States.

    “Testing is central because that leads to early detection, it minimizes further spread and it quickly treats those found with the virus,” Kang Kyung-wha, South Korea’s foreign minister, told the BBC, calling the tests “the key behind our very low fatality rate as well.”

    Though South Korea is sometimes portrayed as having averted an epidemic, thousands of people were infected and the government was initially accused of complacency. Its approach to testing was designed to turn back an outbreak already underway.

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  • Daft Singaporeans:

    PAP Govt will not do any community-wide testing until election is over. They will continue to drama everyday.

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  • trublu:

    It is likely there are people here with COVID than reported.

    Testing shud be more wide-spread.
    Lets be honest rather than sorry.

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  • MarBowling:

    The idea is GREAT!

    However, WHEN Not IF more TESTING are conducted according to your GREAT IDEA, the number of cases will SHOOT through the roof. It’s a NUMBER GAME! The current GAME PLAN of the PAPigs Is to conduct 1000 or “CAREFULLY CALCULATED x number” of testings Per day on the FWs from the Dormitories Fiasco POOL! So EVERYDAY, we will ALWAYS RECEIVE the GREAT NEWS from the MOM REPORT that the number of cases is ALWAYS less than a 1000! This GAME PLAN is just nice and GREAT for Mai hum and the PAPigs to hold the Pandemic ERECTION ASAP with the SNEAKY and MANIPULATED CONTROLLED NUMBER GAME! It’s the GREAT NUMBER, NOT YOUR LIFE, THAT IS PRECIOUS AND IMPORTANT TO MAI HUM, THE ONE AND ONLY EMPEROR W/O CLOTHES! Period.

    YOU THINK MAI HUM AND GANG ARE SO STUPID TO CONDUCT MASSIVE TESTING! NOT UNTIL THE HOLEE COW COMES HOME TO ROOST! THERE IS NO OTHER WAY, UNLESS VTO!

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Today I went to Giant to buy thing. Inside Giant, I noted that a 5kg red water melon will sell at $8.95. About one week back, I noted water melon there is already selling at above $6. So water melon start to skyrock without control. Some months back, I noted a similar size water melon selling at Fairprice for less than $4 if I remember correctly. And NZ envy apples selling super-expensive at $7.95 for 5 apples! Really cut throat prices!

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  • Lorri Chia:

    The govt said those who test positive are also healthy and not like those ICU types. You can open the shops and practise safe distancing.

    Since they say the virus won;t go away, so stay at home forever?

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  • Testing:

    @SYChoo. China & S. Korea have shown the way about mass testing. SG could have done that 3 months ago before CB but did not do so for reason(s) known only to & among themselves. It is, imo, penny wise & billions foolish(ness).

    Now they are following behind to open up without mass testing even though we have more than 32K infected, and “some” unlinked. No enough masks initially, and likely not enough test-kits.

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  • Harder Truths:

    When you trust a Communist government – that is proven to take advantage of every opportunity to make people their slaves – then you are giving them carte-blanche to come up with another way to tag you and run your lives on their ‘proof’ that you have a ‘possible’ infection and must be ‘contained’ for the people’s ‘protection’.

    One coming day people will be told through an App when to wake up, work and told exactly whom to see, whom not to talk to, what to watch on TV and what do say on social media.

    it all starts with some ind of ‘testing’ to segregate you for your ‘protection’.

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  • PANDEMIC ACTION PLAN:

    FORTUNE:
    Children under 6 and people who had already been recently tested were exempted from the initiative. Taking those exemptions into account, Wuhan is nearing its goal, having tested more than 6.5 million people in 10 days.

    The millions of tests have so far turned up a total of 206 asymptomatic cases. Those people will be isolated and observed under medical quarantine to see if they develop symptoms. If they do, they’ll be hospitalized; if they don’t, they’ll be monitored until they test negative for the virus.

    IF WUHAN CAN TEST 6.5M PEOPLE IN 10DAYS, SG UNITED CAN DO IT TOO!

    Pandemic GE:
    https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/general-elections-singapore-heng-swee-keat-covid19-12775996

    He cited the example of South Korea, which went to the polls last month with stringent COVID-19 precautions in place, and still achieved a record turnout. Some of the precautions include screening temperatures, ensuring safe distancing and requiring voters to wear masks and plastic gloves.

    BUT HSK DIDN’T SAY ABOUT SK MASS TESTING TO ROLL OUT A SAFE ELECTION ON TOP OF OTHER SAFEGUARDS!

    NYTIMES: South Korea has tested far more people for the coronavirus than any other country, enabling it to isolate and treat many people soon after they are infected.

    The country has conducted over 300,000 tests, for a per-capita rate more than 40 times that of the United States.

    “Testing is central because that leads to early detection, it minimizes further spread and it quickly treats those found with the virus,” Kang Kyung-wha, South Korea’s foreign minister, told the BBC, calling the tests “the key behind our very low fatality rate as well.”

    Though South Korea is sometimes portrayed as having averted an epidemic, thousands of people were infected and the government was initially accused of complacency. Its approach to testing was designed to turn back an outbreak already underway.

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  • Free Singapore:

    I have a few things to say:

    1) Testing is not a vaccine. It does not cure you or prevent you from getting Covid-19.

    2) After testing, if you are negative, it doesn’t mean you will not contract Covid-19. A test is merely a test. Again I stress it is not a vaccine.

    3) Testing can give you a false result. If you are negative, the test may say you are positive. You will be separated from your family members and have to be quarantined.

    4) No one can guarantee you won’t be infected during the test. The test kit can be infected during the production process or you may be infected during the test, after all, everyone infected or not infected, will be reporting to the same location.

    So go ahead and say I am crazy and proceed to test yourself and your family members. As for me, I am not doing it.

    Good luck to everyone.

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  • Free Singapore:

    Covid-19 is being used as a staging ground for the New World Order.

    1) Stay at home- Lockdown, most people without work go broke and depend on the government’s handout, some become depressed, suicidal
    2) Social distancing
    3) Self-isolation
    4) Quarantine
    5) Travel restrictions
    6) Wear a mask
    7) Close all businesses, most business owners go bankrupt, now you depend on the government bailout

    The above will control you and make you obedient to the New World Order!

    Good luck to everyone!!!!

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Tr Emeritus, pls do not keep on blocking my post from posting out if you cannot find any wrong in my posts. Be honorable, explain in why you keep blocking! A lot of my posts has not been published. I am not that dumb!

    Mod: Some of your comments have been deleted because they are irrelevant to the subject of the post. For example your most recent comment on a news from ST about a woman being arrested for driving without a valid license has nothing to do with the subject of the post you are commenting on, which was mass testing of the populace.

    Please stop reproducing news from other sites that are not related to the subject matter of the post you are commenting on. Thank you.

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  • PAP d Problem Not d Solution:

    PAP legitimacy is because of GDP/economy performance, which is supported by massive cheap, unproductive labour which was once initiated by Goh and his factories don’t go to China, we bring China to the factories principle/concept, which in turn give semblance of their ability/talent bcz of highpay purported to be expensive talents – it’s entirely strange, therefore why testing done by PAP Administration is at such a snail and tortoise pace when the economy is so important to PAP, yet it’s it don’t seems to move with any urgency.

    I certainly believe the testing resources issue is same as the mask fraud issue – political liars of the PAP kind resort to dishonesty in masking the truths when economy to the PAP is the most critically important tenet, why testing done by PAP is so bloody slow?

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  • WakeupSG:

    @Free Singapore

    When you are isolated at the dorm & testing is compulsory to separate the healthy & infected, you have no say unless you choose to be charged!

    The no. of false positives or negatives are insignificant. All the test kits are properly sterilised & testing are done safely & not compromised!

    Your fear is unfounded!

    You can’t free SG if you fear!

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  • PAP CLOSE DOWN:

    Covid 19 is not as fearful as it is made out to be. The Foreign workers test positive but they stay healthy. Also you can job without a mask. When you jog you breathe heavily. So this means the mask is redudant.

    So covid 19 is a means to control.

    Free Singapore:
    Covid-19 is being used as a staging ground for the New World Order.

    1) Stay at home- Lockdown, most people without work go broke and depend on the government’s handout, some become depressed, suicidal
    2) Social distancing
    3) Self-isolation
    4) Quarantine
    5) Travel restrictions
    6) Wear a mask
    7) Close all businesses, most business owners go bankrupt, now you depend on the government bailout

    The above will control you and make you obedient to the New World Order!

    Good luck to everyone!!!!

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  • Oh My Spurm!:

    China of course has the capability to do 11million in just 10days. SG does not even have enough sheeps to make cotton which is made from a plant , in ten years.

    We should not compare a sovereign China with a Almost everything depend on import SG lacking self sustaining capabilities.

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  • JT satan:

    If not for the dormitory fw disaster, the testings could have been done on Singapore citizens like key services providers and service people and elderlies .

    30k tests done could have been done on citizens already.

    No one is held accountable in Singapore.

    Thanks to the daft 70%

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  • in the calculus:

    //Today I went to Giant to buy thing. Inside Giant, I noted that a 5kg red water melon will sell at $8.95. About one week back, I noted water melon there is already selling at above $6. So water melon start to skyrock without control. Some months back, I noted a similar size water melon selling at Fairprice for less than $4 if I remember correctly. And NZ envy apples selling super-expensive at $7.95 for 5 apples! Really cut throat prices!//

    aiyoh. generally many things in supermarket up up prices during the CB lar ?

    do not worry, sinkie land white idiots are smart and forward vision minded lar and the reason why white idiots are going for 6.9m (or 10m people) ??

    perhaps in the calculus of the white idiots, with more & more people perhaps sinkie land will have more water and more land space and things will get cheaper and cheaper to feed more and more people when the next crisis hits lar ?????

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  • Sinker Pore:

    The months, countless tax money and test kits spent on the tests could have been spent testing our Elderlies.

    If not for the mommy dormitory fiack-up

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    A prudent government will just hold off this year NDP with a simple soldier parade, flag ceremony, troop marching, one helicopter flying with Singapore flag, remove off all rubbish expensive paid cultural dances groups and school children performances thus reducing virus exposure! Save a lot of public funds this way, isn’t it? Why need an unnecessary NDP in coronavirus period?

    Return NDP savings with more S&CC or GST Vouchers to people will be more better, isn’t it? Can LHL government be classified as a prudent government?

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  • Test faster:

    Better to test our whole population like Wuhan quickly and lift the CB.Will be much cheaper and effective.
    present CB is killing our economy and causing unnecessary suffering to people.
    Better to spend effort to protect the vulnerable and make sure all wear masks and keep the safe distance when outside home.

    The help given is just too little and too late for many to survive.
    Some are only given $40 voucher to survive after losing their jobs or on no pay since Jan 2020.
    They rather can go to work than receive such pathetic handout.

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  • What happen ?:

    What happen at the FW Dormitories ?
    Why still so many cases everyday ?Is the control measures working ?
    How many more tests there need to be done ?

    Time to be more transparent…the economic costs to companies,jobs and Citizen is devastating and getting worst…
    Many are suffering…

    Decisive Action is better than speeches…learn from NZ.

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