Photo of Gan Kim Yong from The Straits Times

Singapore’s Ministry of Health and the National Environment Agency is refusing to disclose the source locations of 4 Zika infected victim. 16 new cases were confirmed yesterday (Sep 5) but only 11 are revealed to be linked to the existing Zika-infected clusters of Aljunied Crescent, Sims Drive, Kallang Way and Paya Lebar Way. According to the joint press statement, the other 4 “have no known links to any existing cluster.”

The Singapore government has also announced that quarantine rules will be relaxed and suspected Zika victims no long needed be isolated pending test results. The move will likely worsen the spread of the infection but according to an anonymous government source, there are not enough resources to contain the number of suspected Zika victims.

There are currently 258 confirmed cases and the government’s only measure is to step up on fogging. At the same time, there is also a report of 11,312 cases of dengue fever and 7 has died from the disease. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong remains out of sight and has not yet commented on the Zika epidemic. The Singapore government and media is currently trying to “normalise” Zika like dengue fever, by calling the deadly virus a “mild” illness.