SINGAPORE: Be accountable and keep at dwelling you probably have simply returned from overseas, mentioned Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a Facebook submit on Wednesday (Mar 25), following a Parliament session the place substantive updates on the COVID-19 outbreak have been delivered.
“You must protect your families and everyone else, in case you turn out to be infected, which unfortunately some returnees will be. Glad that many are behaving responsibly by staying home, but some are not,” he wrote.
“Please comply – it is irresponsible to gallivant off to eat local food you miss or to go partying with friends, when you are supposed to stay at home and isolate yourself. You will also be breaking the law.”
Singapore has seen a spike in imported COVID-19 instances, a lot of whom are Singapore residents coming back from abroad.
As of Tuesday, there have been 558 instances of the coronavirus discovered right here, with 155 sufferers recovered and discharged. Two folks have died of the illness.
Authorities have tightened measures to sluggish the unfold of the virus in current days and returnees from any nation might want to serve a 14-day stay-home discover. Additional secure distancing measures have additionally been launched to forestall native transmission, limiting gatherings to 10 or fewer folks.
Earlier on Tuesday, Law and Home Affairs Minister Ok Shanmugam informed Parliament that those that breach stay-home notices can be charged in courtroom. Those convicted could also be fined as much as S$10,000, jailed as much as six months or each.
Health Minister Gan Kim Yong informed Singaporeans to organize for an “expected surge” in COVID-19 instances within the coming weeks.
“Over the coming weeks, the number of cases will continue to rise, as some of our around 200,000 overseas Singaporeans return home from all over the world,” Mr Gan mentioned in a ministerial assertion in Parliament.
National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs a COVID-19 process power with Mr Gan, additionally warned that the outbreak was going to be a “very long fight”, and teared when he spoke of the sacrifices made by the healthcare staff on the entrance line.
Urging each one to maintain a secure distance from others, preserve excessive ranges of hygiene and to heed authorities advisories, Mr Lee mentioned: “Lawrence Wong spoke for us all when he gave heartfelt due to our healthcare staff, public officers, volunteers, and lots of unsung heroes who’re preventing laborious towards COVID-19.
“It is a sombre time, but when we work collectively as one folks, we are going to overcome this problem, as our pioneers have completed earlier than.”