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As of yesterday (Sep 11), 10 out of 11 Zika infection were from unidentified clusters. The Ministry of Health is refusing to disclose the infection source other than saying “the other ten links have no links to any existing cluster”. Singapore currently sees 329 new Zika cases, and 8 of them are pregnant women.

The Singapore government is covering up new infection locations likely because that it wants to impress upon other countries that the virus is under control. Other reasons for covering up locations of new clusters include “sensitive areas” like the populous city central, Raffles Place, where news of the virus would severely affect economic activities in the area.

There are also no information breakdown on the infected. Unlike during the initial stage when Zika virus just broke out, nationalities, occupations, age and other vital details are all now covered up. The National Environment Agency (NEA) website shows only 7 clusters in regions of Bedok, Bishan and Geylang, while other unidentified locations were unmarked.

The government censorship has led to more infections because people unknowingly living in infected areas do not take extra precautions, other than relying on the NEA’s fogging work.