In his first speech after 5 weeks of absence, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that Singaporeans who believe they are infected with the virus should “rest at home” and not go to the hospital:
“The sensible thing will be to hospitalise only the more serious cases, and encourage those with mild symptoms to see their family GP and rest at home – isolate themselves.”
Living up to his “pinkie” reputation, the world’s highest-paid politician wore a pink shirt with a pink tie saying he needs the hospital beds to be freed up for serious cases, and dismissed the severity of the infection calling it “mild”:
“We now know that the majority of patients, in fact 80 per cent of them, only experience mild symptoms. The ones that are most at risk are the elderly, and those with pre-existing conditions like high blood pressure or lung problems.”
There are 187 confirmed cases as of yesterday (Mar 12), after a 60% surge over two weeks.
Dictator Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong also said that the current situation is not serious enough for him to introduce social distancing measures:
“Social distancing measures like suspending school, staggering work hours, or compulsory telecommuting are extra “brakes”, to be implemented when we see a spike in cases. The extra brakes will slow down transmission of the virus, prevent our healthcare system from being overwhelmed, and help bring the numbers back down. But let me emphasise this: the situation in Singapore remains under control. We are not going to Dorscon red.”
Lee Hsien Loong continued to claim that his government has received praises from the World Health Organisation, but he is unable to specify what measures he won praises for. Local transmission in Singapore is out of control, with over 40 cases not knowing the source of infection or traceable to imported cases.