Gan Kim Yong and Lawrence Wong

Singapore’s Ministry of Health confirmed that the coronavirus has gone out of control in the community, with a HDB block in Tampines being a coronavirus cluster.

Tampines Block 111, Street 11, found 9 residents of two families living in different floors infected with the virus.

The first infected is a 66 year old man who worked at a foreign workers dormitory. His 6 other family members were infected. The two other infected are another family including a 15 year old girl from East Spring Secondary School. The two households live on different floors.

The health ministry suspected that the infection could have spread on the common lift or staircase area.

At least 58 other households living in the same block are now put on stay-home notice. A total of 160 individuals have been tested, including visitors to the Tampines HDB block.

It is unknown whether the 160 are infected because the coronavirus has an unknown incubation period. Many who have tested negative on the first day may show up positive within the next 2 weeks.

Singapore’s ruling party PAP is seeking a re-election, and fabricating fake news that they have done well handling the coronavirus outbreak. During the early stages of the outbreak in January and February, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong went against health advice and told Singaporeans not to wear a face mask in public.

The government reported 188 new cases today, but did not reveal how many tests were done.