Photo of Gan Kim Yong from thestraitstimes

Despite reporting 623 new cases and a total of 5,050 confirmed cases yesterday, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong claimed that the government measures are working.

Cherry-picking statistics excluding foreign workers, the million dollar-salaried minister said:

“In the 11 days since the circuit breaker measures kicked in on April 7 to limit the spread of the coronavirus here, the number of new cases in the community has decreased, from an average of 40 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 32 per day in the past week. The circuit breaker measures appear to have helped, but we still have to monitor carefully the numbers over the next few days.”

Minister Gan Kim Yong also added that the government is still unable to identify the source of infection in many cases:

“It is increasingly difficult to link the new cases and identify the source of infection. The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased slightly, from an average of 19 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 22 per day in the past week.”

In regards to the surging daily increases, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong wrote on his Facebook page claiming that the number increased because he has done more testing:

“People can expect the number of new confirmed foreign worker patients linked to dorms to remain high for some time as many are working doubly hard to test the workers and isolate those who are infected from the healthy.”