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09 Apr 2020
Covid-19 crisis
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Was the government too slow in responding to the crisis

Dear Mr. Tan
Was the government slow and complacent at the early stages and they are now in panic mode and have to implement extreme measures under the 'circuit breaker' ?

TKL REPLY
I hold a different view from most other people. I think that the govt acted too early in declaring code Orange.

I complained that the two measures, namely workplace scanning and manual recording of contact tracing details, were largely useless. The resources should have been used towards other more effective measures.

Even now, when the infection had spread more rapidly, I think that the 'circuit measures' were rather extreme. It comes at a very heavy cost to the economy.

Nevertheless, I hope that it will be effective in getting rid of the corona virus. It will probably require more than one month of lockdown, maybe two months.

If I were in charge, I would not call the 'circuit breaker'. I would find other ways to strengthen the social distancing and containment.

We have to wait and see.

Tan Kin Lian


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