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Big spike in infections and hospitalizations

My friend, a retired civil servant, was very angry with the ministerial task force.

He said – Why are they so incompetent. They do not know what they are doing. They are only fighting fires, one after another.

I understand my friend’s anger. He reflects the views of the majority of Singaporeans. They expect the people in charge to have a proper plan that they can execute consistently.

However, I do not agree with this friend.

We are dealing with a situation where there is much uncertainty. If we continue with the restrictions, we do not know how long it will take, and whether many people can afford to be out of work.

If we relax the restriction and allow people to work, we do not know how serious will be the spread.

The ministers thought that a high rate of vaccination will stop the spread. This appears to be not the case.

The spike in infection and illness was beyond what they expected. I was also beyond what I expected.

People who the gift of hindsight, and there they represent the majority of people in Singapore disagreed. They said – we already told you so.

Hehehe!

Another friend retorted – if the ministers are not that smart, they do not deserve their million dollar salaries.

I understand his sentiment. I also do not agree with the high salaries that are paid to ministers.

However, this is a separate issue. It should not cloud the discussion on their handling of the pandemic.

I now give my views.

I support the decision of the ministers in relaxing the restrictions and allowing life to return to normal, as much as it is possible.

The ministers said that they expected higher infections, but they do not expect it to occur so fast.

I do not fault them. I also do not expect the spike to occur so fast.

Having learned about the spike, they are taking the appropriate actions to deal with the new situation.

Many people said that their response was chaotic.

I disagree. When events are happening so fast, it is not easy to organize the right response quickly. The ministers need some time for the dust to settle.

We cannot expect magic.

I do not agree with the ministers on many of the actions that they took in the past to deal with the pandemic. My disagreement are based on their response to the known data. I think that they took many wrong decisions. I have expressed my differing views on several occasions.

However, I am aware that they could be right and I could be wrong.

I now come back to the issue of the ministers’ response to the big spike in infections.

I believe that they have taken the right decision to relax the restrictions and allow life to return to normal, as much as is possible. Although the spike in infections and illness is faster that they had expected, I do not fault them.

I also consider that their response to the new situation to be quite good.

 

Tan Kin Lian

 

 

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19 Responses to “Big spike in infections and hospitalizations”

  • Tremendous:

    When the chief’s pays tower over all village chiefs from other villages, it is only right for villagers to expect number one performance. Skip all the excuses that there are uncertainties. In many places, chiefs with this kind of pays are expected to deliver over and above while holding these pays.
    Look at how the village has turned into one with too many fat cats. Coordinating senior fat cats don’t know doing what. Law chief die die going after some foreign law that has no urgency. Village chief even worse. Prioritised his urgency to thank the office that removed 700 workers. This kind of performance stinks.

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  • opposition dude:

    When you are the world’s highest paid ministers you are expected to be a lot more capable than you are now. Otherwise you are showing that you aren’t worth the salary that you are being paid.

    It’s not surprising that people are annoyed and have formed the impression that PAP both do not know what to do and are slow to react but this shouldn’t come as a surprise. So now with their incompetence showing last year and this year don’t you think that these ministers shouldn’t even be in politics?

    The main problem with the PAP is that their wonderful endemic plan doesn’t have a what if scenario in it. Their plan was just to simply have most people vaccinated and abracadabra life returns to normal. They simply forgot that when Delta was first here we had the KTV, fishery and Hong Lim clusters, it was just simply forgotten and it was like those clusters never happened.

    So now you can see just how desperate they are, telling people to self isolate at home. You better hope these people stay home for the duration and not sneak out, we already had cases of people doing so when they were quarantined at hotels. Simply saying they did not expect cases to pile up so fast is both a weak and shitty excuse!

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  • 4G CMI, SG dies:

    Aiyoyo! Sibeh heng man! Singaporeans got eyes and bo gong. Heng arh TKL didn’t become our president and will never become one. He has shown us that he is no different from the 4G clowns.

    TKL says:
    “I support the decision of the ministers in relaxing the restrictions and allowing life to return to normal, as much as it is possible. The ministers said that they expected higher infections, but they do not expect it to occur so fast.”

    Walau! For economy sake, TKL & the elites chose to be blind and read only what you want to read all bcoz they’re all so eager to open the borders. TKL, ask your good friend GMS. He has read all the data provided by other countries especially Israel and he has already predicted the cases to spike in sg if the MTF stubbornly relied on vaccination. Or ask our TRE Tech, he has been shouting about case spike after sg’s NDP and bingo! It happened exactly what he predicted! Don’t tell us those scholar ministers did not expect the infections to occur so fast when news all over other parts of the world already warned people of the danger of Delta variants

    It’s so easy for the millionaire ministers to tighten and relax the restrictions as and when they deem fit or should I say, suka suka close-open, open-close BUT do they even know how their decisions affect ordinary singaporeans life?

    FGS! Don’t repeatedly tell us people’s livelihood is at stake if the govt goes for another lockdown. In sg, nobody will die of hunger! Lockdown will not kill people but covid virus will! Lockdown will only affect those greedy fools who have been earning big money pre-covid and when lockdown caused them to earn less, they kpkb they’ll die.

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  • Massive Total Failure:

    MTF IS SIMPLY FIGHTING FIRE!

    It will fail miserably fighting the sneaky Covid!

    They can say to expect cases to rise but they fail to plan for the much needed logistical & manpower & telecoms support to cope with the recent rapid rise in cases which cause much confusion, frustration & breakdowns in communication & no clear instructions from MOH to HR patients!

    WHEN THEY FAIL TO PLAN THEY ARE PLANNING TO FAIL!

    https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/hd-covid-19-home-recovery-some-patients-happy-process-others-frustrated-lack-contact-moh

    Addressing the frustrations expressed by some over the lack of information from the authorities, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a Facebook post on Wednesday that MOH is doing its best to scale up operations.

    “I know this is a stressful time for those with family members who have Covid-19. Some of you have written to me to express your frustrations, or question why MOH takes so long to get in touch after you or a loved one has tested positive,” he said.

    PINKY IS ANOTHER CLOWN! WE HAVE NO CHOICE BUT TO WATCH THE WAYANG LED BY THIS INCOMPETENT MINISTERIAL TASK FORCE!

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  • MarBowling:

    “I believe that they have taken the right decision to relax the restrictions and allow life to return to normal, as much as is possible. Although the spike in infections and illness is faster that they had expected, I do not fault them.
    I also consider that their response to the new situation to be quite good”. Unquote.

    Response: Therefore, our World Class Ministerial Trash Force deserve to be paid at least 18 months of Extra bonuses for a Great Job done very well in Handling Covid19 situation in SinKapore! Anyway, hat off and salute them!

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  • Kudos:

    People who have bothered to read what has been happening at hospitals in Israel and other high vax countries already knew a month ago that high number of infections and high number of serious cases are going to happen in Singapore. There is no such thing as ‘no one in Singapore knew what’s going to happen’.

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  • Seow Gina:

    What can we really expect from TKL? Of course he will have to side with the MTF because he suggested just as much to relax the restrictions. Do we really expect him or the MTF to slap themselves hard or commit hara-kiri, so as not to drag the nation further down? He even re-use the nonsense sprouted by the MTF that the cases spike much faster than they expected. So what are the experts doing at the task force, playing games is it? This type of people, fall flat on the floor still want to pick up some sand.

    Whatever happen to the ‘mild’ word that he always use in his opinion. Now look what happened. The hospitals are jammed up so much so that other non-Covid patients might also be inconvenienced or may have died because they are not treated in time. And they even have to resort to asking people not to go to the hospitals. Can you imagine that? Do not go to the hospitals so as not to tax the staff and jam the place? You know what that means? Fking unprepared!, even after more than one and a half years and after the experience of the dormitory cases. Now then they start building care facilities. As if they do not need to do tenders … hmmm.

    And the rules for 5 people dining lasted for how long? 2 weeks only? What a joke, the MTF policies cannot withstand the test of time. Why implement in the first place?

    Yes, a lot of people already told them so. These people may not be experts or scholars, but they think in terms about a virus. TKL and the MTF think in terms of the economy. That is the difference and showing no respect to the virus, especially TKL always mild this and mild that. Now the businesses wasted previous months being tied down, and further more coming months not fully opening up, when the economy could have really open up by now if the MTF has not let the virus spread through our community. They are simply playing with our lives by doing trial and error, and still got the cheek to not step down. We don’t have many years to let them waste in our lives.

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  • Not easy job:

    Not easy job…no past SOP to follow.
    This Virus is very smart….Vaccine no fight.
    Give the Ministers a break…
    Let them do their job lah…many lives depend on them.
    Now War is on….

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  • Cheer!:

    Yes, give the MTF the necessary leverage to do their job. They have been fighting the virus for so many months and it would appear that it is going to be a long drawn battle.

    They are just human, they are now not only fighting the virus on the one hand, but also the naysayers on the other.

    Naysayers, though not the majority of the people here, the volume of damage they could cause could be way out of the proportion.

    Looking at the situation right now, the MTF is obviously getting on top of the daunting situation we are facing now!

    Not easy job:
    Not easy job…no past SOP to follow.
    This Virus is very smart….Vaccine no fight.
    Give the Ministers a break…
    Let them do their job lah…many lives depend on them.
    Now War is on….

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  • oxygen:

    @ Not easy job

    IN A TURBULENT WORLD – pre-Covid 19 pandemic – we have long past the SOP framework of public policy formulation. Decision-making is not one of choosing branches or roots in Professor Charles Lindblom characterisation of the “science of muddling through” i.e. disjointed incrementalism/successive comparisons to goal seeking/attainment via baby steps.

    The science of “muddling through”

    https://faculty.washington.edu/mccurdy/SciencePolicy/Lindblom%20Muddling%20Through.pdf

    Not easy job: Not easy job…no past SOP to follow.
    This Virus is very smart….Vaccine no fight.
    Give the Ministers a break…
    Let them do their job lah…many lives depend on them.
    Now War is on….

    VERY BIG MISTAKES were made – in my judgment (and perhaps yours too) – partly because the virus in your language/vocabulary “is very smart”. More then 10 months ago – even before the mutation of original virus into Delta – the world including all political cows know that repeated cycle transmissions were rampant in remote underground mines and open-pit too in remote totally isolated geography for months already. Native aboriginal communities, hardly in communication contacts with mainstream population were similarly infected. No santising and social distancing needed or serve any purpose for them,

    THEY ARE STILL INFECTED AND (known or unknown to mining communities then) returned underground miners were still spreading to unvaccinated crew tested Covid-19 negative prior.

    IT IS MIND-BOGGLING OF LOST BEWILDERMENT. Science knows of mutation risks but uncertain if vaccination is spawning such wild rapid mutations – incomprehensible.

    Others warned of disputed Prion’s disease of untested gene theraphy – not vaccine in mRNA (what I call genetic engineering) – but that, according to Dr. Paul Thambyah, takes years to evolution apparent.

    INTELLIGENT SPECIES in the world would have know the rubbish hyperbole of “technology absolutism” in human civilisation. Good example is home recovery quarantine for elderly but a lot of them are technology-illiterate, and sharing their breakthrough infection of Delta to the family members ADDING TO (not substracting) infection spread.

    The national day partying is STUPID yobbo kid’s behavior – another aggravation to mischief idiotic gambling that technology absolutism cures all transmission risks attached.

    MEANTIME A BIG RUSH OUT AT MASS INOCULATION OF FUTILITY – 80% of population trapped – but no herd immunity WHICH MUST HAVE LONG KNOWN TO BE ONGING FROM WARNING SIGNS OF BREAKTHROUGH INFECTION IN MINES.

    No point talking about branch (opening) when the root (surging infection) is rotting.

    IT IS BIG MISTAKES AFTER BIG MISTAKES.

    New thinking and policy framework is urgently needed.

    OR WE ALL PERISH soon.

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  • Elite:

    TKL

    You have in the past stated that the infection are Low and death from Covid is just a miserable percentage compare to the world.
    Now, you are telling me that all of us is caught with our pants down. It is you who is caught with pants down not me. Speak of yourself. Increase of infection can be seen and read in the news. Why are you so bloody naive not to anticipate these sudden increase of infection. Where you B plan, C plan or any solution ????
    With you comment on Very Low infection? What happen! You trigger the frontliner , hospitals , .clinics…. and the hotline . All jam up. Pointing fingers at the MTF for leading us the wrong direction.
    It’s is people like you to be blame without solutions but talk on complacent and no compassion.
    Don’t you think now the economy is worst ! With all these report of infection to increase to 3,000 ! OMG how to escape from this mutated viruses?
    Worst. Can the ART kits competent enough to give accurate reading!

    Why give high hopes! When we jolly well know that this pandemic is not a “tikum, tikum” or hope for the best scenario.
    REMEMBER ; There is no antidotes for this pandemic. At the rate things are progressing. All of us will be wary of each other . Food for the thought: Domestic helper are tested positive . What the antidotes to prevent! Stop them from going out. But it’s their off day.

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  • NotMyProblem:

    Not easy job:
    Not easy job…no past SOP to follow.
    This Virus is very smart….Vaccine no fight.
    ……

    Nobody says it is an easy job.

    PM Lee said they have the experience of SAR. This pandemic must be a walk in the park.

    The virus is smart, but they don’t earn million $$$.

    The virus was brought in by the MTF. They even provide them the back door to come in. They even anticipated leakage and cock sure they could handle it. So you see the problem?

    MTF is supposed to be “MULTI-MINISTERY TASK FORCE”. How many ministers are in the task force now?

    When they were debating on CECA, FICA, POFMA in Parliament, you saw the whole PAP force in it! That was because of fighting to keep their positions in Parliament.

    How many ministers do you see in the MTF now? Only if the same amount of PAP’s MPs and Ministers fighting the pandemic, we would be seeing the light at the end of this Covid tunnel!!

    So the PAP’s MPs/Ministers are more concern of their position in Parliament than the lives of the citizen!!!

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  • Medical Specialists Task Force:

    MTF decisions are made based on spikes in cases as a consequence of virus evolving which is playing catch-up & that reactive approach is not going to curb the Covid spread! MTF needs to wake up to save more senior lives with targeted measures that protect the vulnerables not with mRNA vaccine as the fully injected senior still die of Covid infection!

    LIKE I SAID MANY TIMES IT IS HIGH TIME TO REPLACE THIS INCOMPETENT MINISTERIAL TASK FORCE TO REIN IN THE VIRUS WITH MULTI-MEDICAL SPECIALISTS COMPRISES VIROLOGIST, INFECTIOUS DISEASE PHYSICIAN, IMMUNOLOGIST, RESEARCH SCIENTIST, GENETICIST ETC TO COME OUT WITH A CREDIBLE & COMPREHENSIVE MASTERPLAN TO FIGHT COVID TO STAY AHEAD OF THIS EVOLVING VIRUS!

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  • Elite:

    Is PSLE examination a very very important exam.???
    Please just postpone to later date.
    Looking at the stress and panic of daily infection. It will help affected family to sort out the problems if the family is affected by positive Covid ART test.
    The affected children taking PSLE will affect their performance. With more students affected. Please postpone the PSLE. I am not asking PSLE to be cancelled but postpone. Less stress for the school and students.
    MOE staff can work at home but Teachers cannot!

    Look at the teachers kena handle the PSLE, HBL , students issues. And family issues. Working more than allocated school hours. Worst have to handle and face the family problems.. their husband, children , parents and in laws.

    Mr Chan , easy right – postpone and it is not a complicating issue or complicated task. But big issue if the children infection escalated. Now 400 plus. What is your forecast digits for children infection. Don’t be caught like TKL with his pants down. Already MTF focusing at figure 3,000. Go look into the death rate just for September .. fully whether vaccinated , partially vaccinated or not vaccinated still died of Covid .
    Have we forgot – Prevention is better than cure.

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  • Harder Truths:

    I am sure TKL is immune to CoVID. No virus will dare infect someone so stupid, in case it catches the stupid gene. Even virus have standards you know.

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  • xoxo:

    ENDEMIC ?
    Does that more deaths and more cases,from near zero local cases to 1939 on saturday25 sep 2021?
    Is that what LEE AH LONG N HIS MINISTERS THINK WHEN THEY MADE THOSE DAFT CALLS?

    HELICOPTER VIEW,LEE’S late dad insisted must be basic for top govt office-holder$?
    What helicopter view do we see ?
    Looks more like HELL-LEE-COCK-TER VIEW?

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  • @Tan Kin Lian:

    The ministers said that they expected higher infections, but they do not expect it to occur so fast.

    I do not fault them. I also do not expect the spike to occur so fast.

    Having learned about the spike, they are taking the appropriate actions to deal with the new situation.

    Many people said that their response was chaotic.

    I disagree. When events are happening so fast, it is not easy to organize the right response quickly. The ministers need some time for the dust to settle.

    Game Over liao!

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  • @Not easy job::

    Not easy job: Not easy job…no past SOP to follow.
    This Virus is very smart….Vaccine no fight.
    Give the Ministers a break…
    Let them do their job lah…many lives depend on them.
    Now War is on….

    If SOP is available, then I am confident I am suitable for the minister’s job. And, many readers here are suitable for job as well.

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  • Medical Specialists Task Force:

    https://mustsharenews.com/2-seniors-covid-19-deaths/amp/

    Both deaths were from vaccinated cases.

    Case 74761 was an 80-year-old woman while Case 88258 was a 74-year-old man.

    They had various underlying medical conditions, though MOH did not go into specifics.

    Medical Specialists Task Force:
    MTF decisions are made based on spikes in cases as a consequence of virus evolving which is playing catch-up & that reactive approach is not going to curb the Covid spread! MTF needs to wake up to save more senior lives with targeted measures that protect the vulnerables not with mRNA vaccine as the fully injected senior still die of Covid infection!

    LIKE I SAID MANY TIMES IT IS HIGH TIME TO REPLACE THIS INCOMPETENT MINISTERIAL TASK FORCE TO REIN IN THE VIRUS WITH MULTI-MEDICAL SPECIALISTS COMPRISES VIROLOGIST, INFECTIOUS DISEASE PHYSICIAN, IMMUNOLOGIST, RESEARCH SCIENTIST, GENETICIST ETC TO COME OUT WITH A CREDIBLE & COMPREHENSIVE MASTERPLAN TO FIGHT COVID TO STAY AHEAD OF THIS EVOLVING VIRUS!

    Tech: I thought they boasted that once vaccinated, people don’t get seriously injured or die from C19? So now the excuse given is “various underlying medical conditions”, meaning as long as got medical condition, it’s always due to them, for example, impotency also a medical condition, dio bo? What a bunch of hypocrites!

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