Photo of Gan Kim Yong from The Straits Times

Singapore’s Ministry of Health has sneakily censored the number of unreachable close contacts. Unknown number of suspect cases are now loitering in Singapore streets, and those infected could be spreading to others in public.

According to official figures, 1,122 are still under quarantine under the 14 days regime yesterday (Feb 22), and the Ministry of Health censored the information of the number of uncontactable close contacts. The Ministry of Health last updated this statistics on Feb 14, and there is no information after that.

Using the new term “close contacts who have been quarantined”, the MOH censored the number of unreachable suspect cases:

Feb 13: “As of 13 February 2020, 12pm, MOH has identified 1368 close contacts. Of the 1247 who are still in Singapore, 1234 have been contacted and are being quarantined or isolated. Efforts are ongoing to contact the remaining 13 close contacts.”

Feb 21: “As of 21 February 2020, 12pm, MOH has identified 2,696 close contacts who have been quarantined. Of these, 1,122 are currently quarantined, and 1,574 have completed their quarantine.”

When questioned if the Singapore government is able to contain the outbreak of the Wuhan virus, the Ministry of Health pointed its finger at other countries saying that they need to do so as well or Singapore will be “reseeded” again:

“Even if the country manages to contain the outbreak to contain the outbreak and others do not, there is always a chance that the coronavirus can be reseeded into Singapore again. So it’s a little bit hard for me to tell you, even if the numbers come down… That we’re actually free of the virus.”

There are now 86 confirmed cases in Singapore with 39 of them still hospitalised. Five of them are in critical conditions under the intensive care unit.

The Singapore government insists that the local transmission is contained, but several cases were known to be infected from unrelated sources, or not from known clusters.