In the press release today announcing 942 new cases, the Ministry of Health declared that the number of local cases are declining because foreign workers in the country are not locals:
“As of 18 April 2020, 12pm, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 942 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore, the vast majority of whom are Work Permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories. The number of local cases has continued to decline, with 14 Singaporeans/ Permanent Residents among the cases today. The average number of new cases per day in the community dropped to 32 over the past week, from 40 the week before.”
The new propaganda is to play down the severity of local transmission, so as to cover up the failure of lockdown measures implemented on April 7.
There are now a total of 5,992 confirmed cases in Singapore, surpassing Malaysia and Indonesia to be the worst-hit in South East Asia.
Random testing has been conducted in some polyclinics and GP clinics, and the healthy ministry found widespread infection undetected in the community.
The Singapore government targeted to remove lockdown measures by May 4th, but they are unable to deliver a satisfactory report as confirmed cases continued to surge.