Highest Import Cases: Should we be alarmed?



 Daily Dose : Highest Imported Cases - Should we be alarmed?

48 Imported cases for yesterday total Covid19 tally. This is the highest since March 2020 last year. While this could be alarming, the good news is that we do not have any local cases for the 2nd day running. The high number of cases were due to the opening of Singapore to the world. While some may question the logic, this is expected. Being the first few countries to allow visitors will put Singapore in a good stance post  Covid19 due to the goodwill generated.

While imported cases are high, local cases were seen as controlled. However, in the last 2 weeks, 3 clusters were formed and there were more than a handful of unlink cases. Some had attributed to the influx of imported cases. The reality is that we are getting more complacent and there are still latent cases in the community. The fact that illness was ignored and some positive cases still heading for work showed the complacency in the community. 

The only gripe in this imported cases is the unusually high number of cases from 2 specific countries - India and Indonesia. Given the high domestic cases in both countries and the documented cases of fake certificates of negative Covid19 cases, it would not be surprising to see the local residents questioning this. There should be more transparency in this. Information such as the number of visitors vs the number of positive cases should be provided to ease the community. While we are doing our part, it is important that the ball should not be dropped too. The reason why we are successful to contain the spread was the trust in each other. It is a trust that must continue regardless of situation.


1) 48 Covid19 cases

48 Imported

Amongst the 48 imported cases,

  • 4 (Cases 59553, 59587, 59588 and 59594) are Singapore Permanent Residents who returned from India, Indonesia and Malaysia.
  • 4 (Cases 59567, 59574, 59582 and 59583) are Dependant’s Pass holders who arrived from France, India and the UAE.
  • 1 (Case 59563) is a Long-Term Visit Pass holder who arrived from India.
  • 2 (Cases 59569 and 59570) are Student’s Pass holders who arrived from Egypt and India.
  • 11 (Cases 59550, 59551, 59562, 59571, 59572, 59573, 59575, 59584, 59585, 59595 and 59596) are Work Pass holders who arrived from Bangladesh, Colombia, France, India, Nigeria and the UAE.
  • 22 are Work Permit holders who arrived from Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and the Philippines, of whom 10 (Cases 59555, 59556, 59557, 59561, 59565, 59576, 59577, 59578, 59591 and 59592) are foreign domestic workers.
  • 3 (Cases 59568, 59579 and 59580) are Short-Term Visit Pass holders. Cases 59579 and 59580 arrived from India to visit their children who are Singapore Permanent Residents and Case 59568 arrived from the US for a work project in Singapore.
  • 1 (Case 59566) is a sea crew holding a Special Pass who arrived onboard a vessel from Malaysia, and had not disembarked. He was conveyed to the hospital when he developed symptoms, and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19.
The bulk of the cases were from India (20), Indonesia (8) and Bangladesh ( 5). India and Indonesia alone formed more than half the cases. This has been the norm since Singapore open its borders.


2) Reasonable or restrictive? Singaporeans react to new Covid19 rules ahead of CNY

On the other hand, accountant Benjamin Kee, 28, found the new measures too restrictive. He and his wife are celebrating their first CNY together as a married couple.

"In the light of these new restrictions, we might as well hold our CNY gathering on the MRT since there aren't any apparent limits on the number of persons who can gather there," he said.

Please don't be a Benjamin this CNY!

Source: ST

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/singaporeans-react-to-new-years-new-rules-some-disappointed-while-others-welcome

3) Cotton Candy Clouds in Singapore

A lot of buzz on the morning sky that greeted us yesterday!

Source: TWD

https://www.thewackyduo.com/2021/01/cotton-candy-clouds-in-singapore-jan.html










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