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Prioritizing economy over public health

Earlier, Minister Wong said that phase 3 of the circuit breaker will start after 70% of the population has downloaded the Trace Together app or collected the token.

Recently, the prime minister announced the start of phase 3 towards the end of the year. Someone pointed out that only 50% of the population has Trace Together. He asked – is the government prioritizing the economy over public health?

I give my views.

Frankly, Trace Together will not be effective in ensuring public health for many reasons:

* Many people who has Trace Together do not use it.
* The number of people who were located through Trace Together or Safe Entry is probably negligible, in spite of the great resources that are spent.
* The few people that are located through these contract tracing activities are probably asymptomatic and do not spread the infection. (I saw a report from the World Health Organization to this effect).

In my view, the relaxation of the circuit breaker measures will not pose any danger to public health. We are over reacting to what is probably a very low risk.

I believe that it is quite safe to start phase 3 now. In fact, I prefer that the circuit breaker be removed totally.

We can still encourage people to wear a mask, practice safe distancing and have temperature scanning (using self service kiosks). If someone has a fever, he or she should go for covid testing at designated clinics that should be easily accessible.

We can continue to monitor the number of symptomatic cases, the number of hospital admissions and deaths. If the number remain small, we should not be alarmed. If the number jumped up significantly, we can then revert to stronger measures.

For the sake of the economy, and to provide our services in global trade and finance, we can take this risk of opening up the economy. It is not a reckless approach, because we can still continue to monitor the numbers daily.

I know that the spread of covid is serious is many countries that are entering the winter months. But the coronavirus is mild in warmer climates. Even the temperate countries have low spread and deaths during their summer months.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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19 Responses to “Prioritizing economy over public health”

  • TRE to be blamed::

    @TRE Techie;

    As I have predicted. He is not ill-informed. He is an obstinate old fool trying to impress others with his nonsense.

    No one appreciate his views. The Ministries are not listening neither we need any of his rubbish from him.

    TRE Techie:
    @TRE to be blamed

    I would give tan the benefit of doubt and not accuse him of anything. I would at best say that he is very ill-informed and reading from the wrong sources.

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  • MADPERSON TPL:

    “I DONNO WATTOSAY 2 MADPERSON’S WARD”, TPL=TALK PROPERLY LAHOR.

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  • Naive:

    Heavy financial capital to re-start and heavy financial loss to stop. In reality the start and stop disruptions and administration will easily bankrupt any business.

    Furthermore you can unilaterally open, but others are not patronizing, while other countries may shunt you, all these equate to very heavy losses and is unsustainable in any business. Such Govt initiatives may in fact hasten to bankrupt small business owners. Their concept may be “what’s wrong with collecting more taxes from you” than caring for your losses.

    To gamble your citizens lives away in the face of a very uncertain prospect ahead is very foolish.

    Rather like a fallout shelters to wait out the impending apocalypse in style and survive literally unscratched. It will be foolish to expend all the money and energy now.

    Even after Covit-19, such virus attack pandemic will not disappear, new variants will come. The PAPi business hub/10 million population strategy is by itself unsustainable and harmful. We had better plan ahead to be at least self-sustainable with lands and plantation in case all borders are closed in the future. This reality is what the PAPi failed to put in the plan and they must now be awaken themselves to adopt such realities into their revised plan for Singapore.

    If Tan is referring to the WHO’s technical lead opinion as “REPORT” and which was debunked by readers in the earlier post, then I must agree with others that he is rather irresponsible, tantamount to being not the least honest with readers here. But nevertheless, I think his view is too naïve. Its not that simple.

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  • oxygen:

    MISS TANKL, which planet are you currently residing in now?

    Even Boris Johnson thinks the mutated virus is dangerous of yet unknown risks.

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  • xoxo:

    PAPple always PUT KING $ BEFORE PEOple.
    This has been the case in all their policie$ in *LEEcent(recent) times,has it not?

    There is now PSP under Tan Cheng Bock.
    I propose PAP change to p$p.
    It shud be called PAPple $ Party???

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  • xoxo:

    Just in the late 70s,the differential between PUBLIC HOUSING(HDB) and PRIVATE CONDO or even LANDED is of a much HIGHER MULTIPLE.
    These days,you can even pay $1MILLION plus for a SECONDARY MARKET HDB when a FREEHOLD LANDED WITH MUCH BIGGER BUILT UP AND BIGGER *LAND* is priced at maybe 2 to 3 times more at $2 to $3 MILLION???

    CAN EXPERTS ENLIGHTEN US ON THIS REDUCED DIFFERENTIAL IN LAND SCARCE SG?

    Either HDB IS WAY OVER-PRICED OR PRIVATE LANDED IS WAY UNDER-PRICED OWING TO GOVT POLICIES ON PURCHASE N SALE OF HOUSES here???

    I propose ALL HDB IN SECONDARY MARKETS BE CONSTRAINED TO SINGAPOREANS ONLY.
    Afterall,HDB SITS ON STATELAND ACQUIRED FROM SINGAPOREANS .

    WHY SHUD PEOPLE WHO ARE NON-SG BE ALLOWED TO THE SAME RIGHTS AS A CITIZEN?
    MANY NON-SGS OWN HDB BUT LIVE IN CONDO ORLANDED WHILE COLLECTING RENTS FROM THEIR HDB???

    IS THIS RIGHT?

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Reported on Straits Times :Quote -”Cannabis is less dangerous? Not to me, says Singaporean former drug addict
    A Singaporean former drug addict says the recent softening in stance by a UN commission towards marijuana, also known as cannabis, is cause for alarm.
    Jix Sze

    Marijuana plants at a facility in Canada.PHOTO: REUTERS
    PUBLISHED8 HOURS AGO
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    Many governments and, indeed, public opinion in some countries are trending towards the relaxation of the use and legalisation of cannabis.

    Proponents of legalising marijuana are making great effort to be convincing in their narratives on the supposed advantages of the medical and recreational use of the drug. The latest development is the recent decision by the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs to reclassify cannabis as a less dangerous drug….”Unquote .

    Response : Cannabis must not be approved for normal public use and that is right .However for those who contracted cancer ,or have illness that give them tremendous pain,doctor should be empowered to approve cannabis as medication purposes if such cannabis can reduce cancer patient pain and suffering if cancer patient is also at end stage of life .

    And there are other medication like antibiotics or prednisolone that should allow patient who are over 50 years old to buy over the polyclinic counters at certain quantity per month at Polyclinic without needing doctor permission .Don’t waste people time and money just because all these evil women wing run polyclinics or hospital want people to see doctor to earn their hard earn money just because these patients over 50 years need to get one packet of antibiotics or prednisolone(steriod for inflammation) ,or whatever medication .Such medication as antibiotics or prednisolone are not illegal drugs like cannabis,….so there is no reason to control that tight for people that are over 50 years old ! If doctor treat patient for a long period and cannot cure their illness,why block people over 50 years from purchasing antibiotics ,prednisolone over the counters at polyclinic ! Patient over 50 years can save a lot of time for other uses rather than wait,wait,wait,….and wait for their queues to see a doctor at polyclinic ! Pui! Pui to the inefficient government of Lee Hsien Loong that is not solving people problem and improving people quality of life reducing the cost of living effectively enough !

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  • Lianlianxiangkuo:

    Ah Lian ah

    At the very very very beginning

    Experts had oredi concluded that , no masks,no vaccine no nothing, the death rate of Covid-19 is just @ 1 to 2% nia ma!

    If Ah Lian kena, more than 90% of the time Ah Lian would not die

    Risk is very very Low, right?

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  • oxygen:

    @ Lianlianxiangkuo:

    IF THE RISKS IS SO TRIVIAL, INNOCUOUS AND INCONSEQUENTIAL, why did Singapore and Australia all treat London a pariah source and destination in travel ban alongside these countries?

    ‘Out of control’ Covid strain makes UK a global pariah as countries impose travel bans

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/12/21/new-covid-strain-makes-uk-a-global-pariah-amid-travel-bans.html

    Lianlianxiangkuo: Ah Lian ah

    At the very very very beginning

    Experts had oredi concluded that , no masks,no vaccine no nothing, the death rate of Covid-19 is just @ 1 to 2% nia ma!

    If Ah Lian kena, more than 90% of the time Ah Lian would not die

    Risk is very very Low, right?

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  • oxygen:

    DOES Ms. TANKL KNOWS where is South Africa?

    BREAKING NEWS:

    A new variant of MUTATED highly contagious VIRUS strain have detected in the UK – it originated from South Africa.

    contagious new strain of COVID-19 detected from South Africa

    https://www.marketwatch.com/story/a-second-more-contagious-new-strain-of-covid-19-has-been-detected-in-the-u-k-from-south-africa-11608743128?mod=home-page

    Maybe Ms. TANKL really lives on another planet different from us.

    oxygen: MISS TANKL, which planet are you currently residing in now?

    Even Boris Johnson thinks the mutated virus is dangerous of yet unknown risks

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  • All Set to Go!:

    The show must go on as planned to show that PAP is on target. No more community cases; 70% has TT; Phase 3 to open on Dec 28. PAP must prove to the world that SG is a leader in controlling the virus. The next thing would be to lift the travel ban and open up the border to Malaysia so that Singaporeans can let off some steam. CB is bad for mental and emotional health, Time to release the valve. Order 10 million vaccines, more than enough for the whole population (including foreign workers) and all set to go!

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  • xoxo:

    Tkl was an insurance top gun.
    But he seems not to understand risks.
    Covid 19 is highly infectious.
    New variant is even more infectious

    Tkl seems to think nothing of Covid.
    Guess,we can send him to S Africa.

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  • Haphazard CB`:

    CB does not serve its purpose if measures such as social distancing and masking are not strictly observed. Already people are not wearing their masks at coffee shops and restaurants, and they are not sitting 6 feet apart. Furthermore, they are allowing foreign travelles into the country who have been tested positive. It is just as well they do away with the CB and open up the borders. Even with TT token/app, people could choose not to carry it with them or turn it off.

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  • Huay Huay wants to Play:

    The dongle can be faulty or run out of battery?

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  • Huay Huay wants to Play:

    There will be enough stewardess willing to take the risk working on planes in reasonably close contact with foreigners.

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  • TKL supporter:

    Hope Mr TKL do not pay attention to the regulars who constantly try to ridicule him. These are possibly barking mad dogs from the enemy . They could also be not from the enemy.

    These ridiculing TKL do not
    have any substance. They do not debate on the contents of mr TKL. They just ridicule for the sake of it. And regularly and repeatedly. No substance.

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  • oxygen:

    @ TKL supporter

    ANY SUBSTANTIAL FACT or trivial superficiality you supplied below in that BLANK-FACED DENIAL below?

    TKL supporter: Hope Mr TKL do not pay attention to the regulars who constantly try to ridicule him. These are possibly barking mad dogs from the enemy . They could also be not from the enemy.

    These ridiculing TKL do not
    have any substance. They do not debate on the contents of mr TKL. They just ridicule for the sake of it. And regularly and repeatedly. No substance.

    The only “enemy” is see is two – yourself and the truth revelations in this thread’s comments.

    IT IS IN THE NATURE OF LIES for ghosts to see their own apparitions.

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  • oxygen:

    Ooops, typo error there.

    oxygen: IT IS IN THE NATURE OF LIES for ghosts to see their own apparitions.

    should be read as

    oxygen: IT IS IN THE NATURE OF LIES for ghosts TO BE FEARFUL OF SEEING their own apparitions.

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  • oxygen:

    @ TKL Supporter

    IS THIS REAL OR BLUFF you please tell all readers of the risks of mutated virus pandemic spreading.

    AP:People queue ….for coronavirus testing while maintaining social distancing near a Christmas decoration at Seoul Plaza in Seoul, South Korea….South Korea had seemed to be winning the fight against the coronavirus: Quickly ramping up its testing, contact-tracing and quarantine efforts paid off when it weathered an early outbreak without the economic pain of a lockdown. But a deadly resurgence has reached new heights during Christmas week, prompting soul-searching on how the nation sleepwalked into a crisis…….Tighter restrictions could be inevitable because transmissions have been outpacing efforts to expand hospital capacities.

    After early success, S. Korea sleepwalks into virus crisis

    https://sg.yahoo.com/news/early-success-korea-sleepwalks-virus-014846598.html

    Is TKL “relaxed cosy comfort” easy-does-it advocacy you apparently ardently supported here the correct way to go?

    Who is the “enemy” (your characterisation and language) of public health interests?

    PLEASE COME BACK SOON AND TELL US ALL, THANKS.

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