Singapore hits daily record high of new 1,426 coronavirus cases

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Singapore’s health ministry confirmed 1,426 new cases of coronavirus infections on April 20, a record daily jump that took the city-state’s tally to at least 8,014. The Southeast Asian country has managed to mitigate the Covid-19 spread by rigorous contact tracing and surveillance, but the number of cases has risen sixfold since the start of the month as outbreaks among migrant workers began.

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38 thoughts on “Singapore hits daily record high of new 1,426 coronavirus cases

  1. The growing numbers daily has attracted India PM Modi's attention.

    Shocking a 3rd world country leader PM Modi called PM Lee to check on Singapore handling of covid19.

    He is concerned

  2. A Sense of Perspective

    Are we embarrassed by Singapore having the highest number of known COVID-19 cases in SE Asia?

    Are we embarrassed by the foreign workers situation?

    Are we asking why didn’t we put in place all the current measures earlier?

    If your answers are yes to all the above, then read on.

    Numbers

    Having the highest number of known cases in SEA does not tell us whether Singapore has lost or won the fight.

    This is not the first time that Singapore has the highest number of known cases in Southeast Asia for this long COVID-19 battle. It may also not be the last.

    There is a sure way to bring down the number of known cases. Test less.

    But the correct way is still to test, track and treat. Test those at risk. Test those suspect. Never mind if the numbers look bad. The ultimate statistic that matters is only one – how many deaths.

    The more we test, the earlier we pick up the cases, the faster we track down the suspect asymptomatic cases, isolate them and treat them, the better our chances to save lives.

    High detection, low fatality must certainly be better than low detection and high fatality. Low detection does not equate to low incidences.

    Foreign Workers

    What is the ultimate test if we have taken care of our FWs?

    It is not about whether we have lived up to someone’s expectations of what their standard of living should be. Neither is it how far or close they are to our living standards.

    The ultimate vote belongs to our FWs themselves. Would they rather be here or somewhere else? Would they recommend their friends to work here?

    The singular achievement by MOM that has gone unnoticed is that when the orders came for 300k FWs to be isolated in their dorms, riots did not erupt on our streets. Instead, overnight, FWs still got paid, fed, access to medical and even entertainment. How many countries have taken responsibility for the well-being of their foreign workers?

    300k FWs is equivalent to 2 Ang Mo Kio GRCs. Putting in place a new system to feed them, space them out and provide medical care within a few days cannot be done if the whole country’s resources have not been mobilised through a well oiled machinery.

    Yes, the measures are abrupt. Some employers are upset.
    Yes, the execution may not be the smoothest and most coordinated.
    Yes, the food could be better.

    But let us make no mistake what the first order issues are. If those first order issues of wages, food, medical and security have not been settled quickly and properly, we won’t be here today discussing issues of quality and standards. Now we have the basis to keep improving.

    Timing

    Should we have lock-downed everything earlier and in one decisive act?

    Closing down the economy is not a trifling matter. People lose their jobs and livelihoods with real implications on their survival.

    Shutting everything, even for weeks or months, affect the socio-psychological wellbeing of our people.

    Doing things in a rush without preparing our people progressively risk mass panic. When panic reigns, rationality and trust go out of the window.

    What many do not realise is that today we can talk about taking tighter measures because we have made progressive psychological adjustments and put in place systems to keep our economy and supply lines going without collapsing our society through panic.

    If we had timed the lock-down too early, it would not have been effective medically or sustainable. Neither would our system nor people be adequately prepared.

    The Long Haul

    When the tide is with us, prepare for the worst.
    When the tide is against us, do not be discouraged.
    The tide will rise and ebb.
    The ultimate victor will be the one who stand firm and true regardless.

  3. Sweden took a lax towards the virus of voluntary lockdown. They have suffered 16,000 cases and 2,000 deaths. Once countries come out of lock lockdown coronavirus remains and figures will dramatically increase. Why destroy economies in the process? We didn't take these draconian measures during the SARS outbreak. The Spanish Flu only lasted a year but ravished populations. Once it had done its dash, it was over. Are we prolonging coronavirus' life span?

  4. Watch this and ask yourself 'Are we being manipulated by the media?'. There is really no need to be fearful as it is not that fatal. Maybe, Bill Gates and the US government has a different agenda. They are selling vaccines.
    https://youtu.be/KzXs1OHvItA

  5. Just disgraceful that the Singapore government did nothing to protect the most vulnerable of its workforce. What was the government thinking when these workers were crammed to 12 to a room and had to share all the facilities ? That they would somehow not get infected because they are not Singaporeans ? Singapore’s us and them mentality has now come back to roost. The world is watching you now, Singapore, to see how you treat your migrant workers – as human beings or just disposal commodities. Shame on you, Singapore !

  6. I am so proud of my country Singapore. Here we have no racist slur, no protesting. Our government cares for its people

  7. Singaporeans think they are immune from Coronavirus pandemic because their government boasts its overrated public health policy, cleanliness and hygienes of its city and people, but they ignore social distancing, mitigation, human globalization and flows, and Public spending on health promotion and disease prevention as well as trade off on public safety and health prevention by close down nonessential economic and social activities which Singapore can’t slow down and contain the community clusters of Coronavirus virus spreads . Overconfidence of its ability to control of its virus , underestimation of the pandemics, refusing or denying potential risks by not shutting down its economy when its neighbors are aggressively tame down the pandemic. Singapore government is to blame for the worsening crisis when it should have done back 3 months ago.

  8. Subhanallah. Singapore seems to be strongly affected! May Allah assist and protect all the innocent human beings in Singapore. Amen.

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  10. Ohhhh this is juicy. Just weeks ago theyre calling u.k and switzerland out for not doing anything. The tide has turned and now singaporeans are suddenly quiet???

  11. 12 people to a room?
    We look at Singapore's shimmering skyline
    built by the behind-the-scene foreign workers.
    It's now your duty to take care of them, Singapore.

  12. These is another economy dilemma .. very late to decided to lockdown the country due economy impact to singapore… however speed of testing is remarkable hope singapore can go through these disaster..

  13. Incompetents of Sg government calling it a CB (Circuit breaker) just call it as a lockdown or a curfew so people won’t break Stay home regulations and be idiots

  14. Dont blame foreigners. If they live and work there legally they are part of the society. The government is to blame.

  15. There are still thousands of workers waiting to be tested, we're gonna get 20k cases… Hope it gets better! #sgunited

  16. Just ask those migrant workers who are being taken care of right now where they would rather work after the pandemic.
    That would be very telling one way or the other I think.

  17. I like Singapore and think they try hard to care for the lives of their migrant workers…..They R way better than many Arab countries who allow thousands of migrant workers to die while building their fancy stadiums.

  18. I saw some comments saying its out of control.
    Actually it's under control, the reason for these cases are Air Conditioners and extensive testing of many workers.
    Also, some workers are getting the virus ON PURPOSE to get the $100/day paid by the Government.

  19. Singapore is doing extensive testing of the foreign workers now. Hopefully majority are mild cases. 🙏

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