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From Pandemic To Endemic

The recent outbreak of infections at KTV outlets across Singapore shows that those in charge of the Multi-Ministry Taskforce (MTF) are hugely incompetent in the task entrusted to them.

If this pandemic was to be a biological warfare, then our country would be doomed by now.

From Pandemic To Endemic
While the global fight against the pandemic rages on, it was foolish, or even arrogant, of the MTF to reclassify the pandemic as an endemic.

By using endemic instead of pandemic to push our economy back to the new norms of post Covid-19, the MTF has foolishly given the presumption that it is going to be business-as-usual, come what may, and we have to be brave about it.

How many of those KTV operators or hostesses have the expertise to differentiate that the virus remains as deadly as before?

Now that the infections have escalated out of control, it is even more frustrating for Singaporeans when the new measures announced by the MTF mean that there will be more dark days ahead.

In short, Singaporeans are make to pay for the mistakes of the MTF, yet again.

Question is, when will these 4G politicians of the People’s Action Party (PAP) be ready to lead and show us their competency, like those of the old PAP?

Surely Singapore cannot remains their perpetual classroom for experimenting and learning while the pandemic wreck up the livelihoods and good nature of Singaporeans.

As such, it is vital to ask the MTF to clarify its key priority.

Is it to contain the pandemic so that we can restore our economy and livelihoods or is it about meeting their target for vaccination?

By announcing that they will be enforcing two persons to a table or 5 pax to a table if they are all vaccinated is really ridiculous to begin with.

If our trains, walkway, malls and other high traffic area and facilities are not regulated to the same stringent standard, then where is the logic in its latest announcement?

Do they have a secret pact with the virus that we are not aware of?

By making concession for those vaccinated, have the MTF not yet learn from the recent outbreak on the Dream Cruise where those vaccinated got reinfected?

It shows that the MTF has yet to address or accept the fact that we are dealing with several new variants now and that they have all already transcend the efficacy of the current vaccination.

As such, it seems that the MTF is actually using the current KTV outbreaks to conveniently promote its vaccination agenda rather than addressing the spread of the pandemic.

This is morally and ethically wrong as some individuals do have valid reasons in not getting their vaccination.

If so, why are they being penalised or discriminated against?

More troubling is the fact that no one on the MTF see it fit to question the Home Affairs Minister as to why and how the Singapore Police Force (SPF), CID and ICA, all agencies or divisions under the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), as to why they had failed to regulate and check KTV outlets and hostesses for such serious breach of safety measures in the first place.

As all hostesses is a cluster of risk in itself, just like our domestic and foreign workers, where are the safeguards and who is responsible for it?

Likewise, where are the enforcement on KTV operators as this is clearly not a result of first day operations but has been going on for a while as the MTF has noted?

If MHA cannot regulate and keep KTV operators and hostesses in check, then Singaporeans should seriously be worried for our safety when it comes to more sinister and devious groups seeking our downfall domestically.

As a result of all these inconsistencies, innocent F&B operators, Gyms & Health Club operators, business owners, hawkers and employees who had done their best to keep the pandemic at bay are all been penalised and discriminated against, just because of the latest mistakes of the MTF and MHA.

Yes l am angry to learn that a few F&B operators are closing their outlets after hearing the announcement and that mean more Singaporeans will lose their income too.

Is this fair?

Where is the logic in all these fiasco when those who erred got to dictate against those who had not?

The next time the PAP wonders why more Singaporeans are losing respect and trust in them, l suggest that they start looking at their stupidities and arrogance, and stop faulting or burdening Singaporeans needlessly.

With just 22 days to National Day, isn’t it financially prudent that the MTF should advise if the celebration should go on as planned or be cancelled.

The money saved could be used to fill quite a number of hungry stomach of Singaporeans who are severely affected by the pandemic.

Again, recalling the outbreak on board the Dream Cruise, and also the Tokyo Olympics, where vaccinated individuals can still be reinfected and become agents in spreading the pandemic, l hope the experts in MTF are really good for the money and help us make an informed decision about our upcoming National Day celebration and also define explicitly its priority.

For those good souls in MTF, l appeal to you to get your priority right as Singaporeans truly deserve better…

 

Joseph Nathan

 

 

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24 Responses to “From Pandemic To Endemic”

  • Condo:

    Like some say…these so call minister/s are only the class level of a administrator.not leaders class…class 2 end..not even class 2 front.near class 1.

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  • JOHN SMITH:

    Letting in prostitutes while I as a long term pass holder who has been living in Singapore since 2007 with my Singaporean partner and paying my taxes as well as owning a Pte Ltd company which employs a Singaporean and having been fully vaccinated in Singapore cannot return from UK where I was forced to travel on a family medical emergency. Why cant I come back and just do quarantine like a PR? What makes me so dangerous?

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  • Harder Truths:

    I can hardly wait for the next round of a disease more deadly than CoVID. It will happen. Diseases do not respect artificial laws or human stupidity. They are what they are.

    And the disease does not care who it infects. The locals are willing to die for the regime’s decisions so far. When the worst happens I hope their decision to vote unwisely was worth it for them.

    Tech: You don’t need a new race/kind of virus, just the current C19 and its variants will do the job nicely.

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  • oxygen:

    @ Joseph Nathan

    YOU WRITES VERY WELL and I agree with the following observations of yours.

    Joseph Nathan:It shows that the MTF has yet to address or accept the fact that we are dealing with several new variants now and that they have all already transcend the efficacy of the current vaccination.

    As such, it seems that the MTF is actually using the current KTV outbreaks to conveniently promote its vaccination agenda rather than addressing the spread of the pandemic.

    Even if they vaccinate all domestically, it is USELESS because the imported comes from geographies scarcely vaccinated or vaccinated fully with ineffectual immunity protection.

    The KTV cluster of small isolation cases of 1 or 2 hostesses sparks a prairie fire of infection bigger than the Changi Airport cluster. Indonesia is like whole archipelago on wild fire now.

    And South Korea reported in naval vessel on anti-piracy patrol in the Indian Ocean near Aden – totally unvaccinated – has now 6 military crew members infected at sea. How did that infection travel to and through open ocean water to infect the crew of a lone military vessel and not other commercial vessels plying nearby?

    It remains a mystery – just like mines got mothballed/shut down in remote geography around the world – some with endless repeated infections of the same mine despite unlimited social distancing and off-site mine quarantine of infected mine workers?

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  • oxygen:

    Here is the weblink to the South Korean navy vessel infected with Covid-19 infection unexpectedly.

    South Korea Sends Team to Tackle Coronavirus on Anti-piracy Ship

    http://www.marinelink.com/news/south-korea-sends-team-tackle-coronavirus-489208

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  • Smart Nation:

    By changing “pandemic” to “endemic” is pulling cotton over the people’s eyes. It is self-deception to treat the virus like another common flu and to think that life can return to business-as-usual. It does not change the fact we are still in a pandemic; the virus is resurging across the world and more transmissible with the new variant. As for the lapses related to the KTV clusters, LW, Co-Chair of the MTF, should call for a COI because his team is responsible for managing the virus. The leading contender for the next PM should prove his mettle. Who will it be?

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    Pandemic to Endemic to Economic…to hell with the COMICS…Lock Down n clear the Mickies from India varient now Rampant calling it Delta..
    Have you been to India where cow fung is even condidered sacred n the cssualty is maybe only 30% of Actual???…get Real we are small enough to be easily CONTrolled by a bastard to get things DONE.When time yo LockDown they built circuit breakers WTF!!!

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  • panda:

    From pandemic to endemic and later to panic.
    Daft thinking to assume Covid can play play type.
    Now local cases on the rise and whose fault?
    Seniors who refuse to get vaccinated?

    Each time they make bad decisions,sgs will get blamed somehow or other.

    Our 4G seems more blur than 3G.
    The mentoring is wanting.
    Who is in charge?
    He ought to be shot.

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  • MTF talking cock:

    The WHO warned that COVID will likely continue to mutate to even dealier variants. It could wind up as deadly as the 1st coronavirus pandemic called SARS. Such a deadly variant cannot be allowed to be endemic anywhere. MTF is assuming COVID-19 will be just another strain of flu. This assumption is baseless and downright stupid. It is wishful thinking.

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  • opposition dude:

    You don’t have to tell people that you are incompetent, you merely show it in all that you say and do.

    Be prepared for more waves from the pandemic since PAP are already saying so with their endemic nonsense. They just have the simple thinking that once a person has had 2 jabs they are superhuman right away and if kena the virus will be mild.

    Playing with our very lives this government is. Not surprised that the trust between citizens and the government has gone down.

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  • Massive Total Failure:

    JN:
    As all hostesses is a cluster of risk in itself, just like our domestic and foreign workers, where are the safeguards and who is responsible for it?

    https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/uncovering-the-ktv-butterfly-effect-in-singapore-as-covid-19-cluster-grows-to-88-cases
    “Throughout the time in the room, hostesses don’t have their masks on, and they kiss, hug and even straddle the customers,” he said. “The virus is bound to spread fast due to the exchange of saliva.”

    Why are these risky KTVs hostesses not under the authority’s radar to control the clusters breaking out?

    The MTF who are non-medical specialists is a JOKE & should be REPLACED IMMEDIATELY TO STOP THE COVID TAKING MORE LIVES & OVERWHELMING THE ICUs!

    This Ministerial Task Force is a Massive Total Failure with the KTVs cluster becoming the largest recorded Covid cluster in the community to date beating the Changi Airport Terminal 3 cluster!

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  • nathan chen:

    Why should Singapore be endemic to Covid-19 or any infectious diseases when before, it was not even endemic to natural calamities, which repeatedly hit other countries of this region.

    It’s endemic because the Papigs is going to continue to overpopulate Singapore. It’s endemic because it goes over the top with overreliance on migrant labours in the tens of thousands, and with it comes all kinds of unnecessary social and health issues.It’s endemic because the Papigs wants growth at all costs. It’s endemic because the Papigs continues to pay lip service to the environment and climate change at the same time destroying, what is left of the eco natural space and habitats, in the name of change and progress.

    Science and medical advances facilitated by AI and digital technology is not the answer to peculiar Singapore when the Papigs is the real endemic to this country.

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  • PAP mandate strong:

    Endemic?

    Grossly exaggerated. As according to Ms Serene Yew Ker Huan posting on snippets column, covid 19 is nothing.

    JN and SY should slug it out.

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  • Soccerbetting2:

    Corona virus is spreading so fast and yet the government did not call off the NDP and still want to hold all these NDP to further spread the virus ! This mentality is not correct !Any responsible government will stop the NDP immediately and pass the savings to give to the people deposited into their CPF account and not give to those e**l women backside conwomen charity where they siphon off the charity money into their own control business to profit pretending to help the needy !That is why you see a lot of young woman driving big cars and how did they earn so much money ?

    Recently I saw an Indian b**** woman driving a big modern car and few months back,I saw a Malay b**** woman driving a brand new expensive model sport car ! Pui! Just that COE for luxury car will bankrupt most people,yet all these women can afford to drive big cars ! Wait till all the reserves disappear and nobody knows ! All these women siphon money slowly in small amount and even if fraud detected ,will use a male as scapegoat to take the blame ! Pui!

    Tech: Walao call off then LEEders face put where? Die die face sibei important one, better ‘you die your business’ than lose face, at most import some more FTs to replace the dead population nia, how difficult to do?

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  • Hosay liao lor…

    PAPies dream of living with the C19 virus may come true sooner than expected, everyday 2-digit cases, will touch 3-digit sibei soon.

    Heard this new Delta+ no afraid heat and run faster than the original variant, can also bite harder and faster than the oldies variant. No horse run!

    I remember one Millister sat must prepare a lot of ICU, better quick quick start, no like he say weeks one, liz virus needs only days.

    Should I say congrats to the so-called experts in the Trash Task Force?

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  • Keep calm:

    Singapore covid numbers are so small. Globally, it’s 500,000 new cases daily. Singapore is so so so very safe. Time to open up every business. Forget about deep cleaning. Massive Total Failure for locking up so needlessly for so long. Right?

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  • Danny:

    Really multi TUSK force.set up tusking citizen.

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  • Smart Nation:

    They sent out SDAs to catch individuals who broke the CB. How about all these KTV/F&B establishments? Don’t you think it is an anomaly if no authority checks on them? It is somewhat similar to what happened in the FW dorms – business as usual until the virus struck. Again, it will be “let’s move on.” Do another round of the musical chair?

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  • No One Is Left Behind:

    The new measure means those vaccinated with Sinovac cannot gather.

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  • xoxo:

    From pandemic to endemic and then to KTV-otic(chaotic)???

    Clever or $TOOPID?

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  • Spineless Sinkie Syndrome:

    MTF = Multi-Ministry Task Force?? Sounds so impressive, but from the laughable performance so far, they are more like little over-confident M*T***F**kers.

    Basically, these bunch of over-paid MPs are just full of themselves and full of hubris. They are just putting up a false front to assuage the gullible Sinkies but in reality, they are just as clueless as the any common bloke on the streets.

    Of course they can’t appear on TV to be so unsure since they are paid a lot more than their worth; and so they go on with their “wayang show” of “managing” this crisis as if they really know what the F*^# they are doing. lol.

    One moment, when the economic considerations take priority, they’ll say its “endemic” – whatever that means. Next moment, if the cases continue to skyrocket, their man-balls will shrink into their scrotum and they will say we need a new lockdown. lol.

    The only thing PAPies are good at now, is creative use of the English dictionary. Like “flooding” to “ponding”, or “honest mistake” or anyhow change the meaning of words: such as the use of “circuit breaker” (a ridiculously inappropriate term borrowed from the stock market) from the previously well-understood “lockdown”.

    All the while, PAPies intentionally avoid making any CLEAR definitions of what they actually mean by those terms, so that they can flip-flop later and modify it to suit their whims & fancies or whatever thats politically-expedient.

    Remember that “Phase 1 / 2 / 2″ thingy?? As I’m writing this, nobody still has a clue what does each “Phase” entails and what are their “circuit breaker” conditions that are to be met. How do we measure/assess the hurdle of say Phase 3? E.g.) 0 number of cases for 2 consecutive weeks or what??!

    Its like your school teacher giving you a test and then telling you Grade A /B / C / F is based on his mood of the day. LOL.

    This is the so-called “world-class” quality of PAPies nowadays, and yet 61% of Sinkies with SSS (Spineless Sinkie Syndrome) still love them to death.

    I think Sinkieland is finished under such “LEEdarship”, but Sinkies with SSS like to pretend and continue to hope for “Business As Usual”.

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  • Pinky is useless anyway:

    LW,OYK and GKY are looking like clowns.

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  • Temusik Patriot:

    The song…”sent in the clowns” suits them well…especially when they have a LEEder who looks like the “joker” in Batman…watch his face smiling…tio boh???

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  • Wish Come True:

    Harder Truths: I can hardly wait for the next round of a disease more deadly than CoVID. It will happen. Diseases do not respect artificial laws or human stupidity. They are what they are.

    It’s already in the making . . .

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