Timeline: Singapore tackles Wuhan situation with military precision
If there’s one thing you cannot deny Singapore of, is its speed and efficiency in crisis management. It is a clear track record – even in the event of any international disaster, the SAF is ready to deploy at a moments notice.
Even before the first sneeze took place on our shores, the country already had screening equipment and manpower deployed to detect an enemy that is only 20 nanometers large.
It all started here:
31st December 2019: Chinese authorities inform WHO of a series of pneumonia-like cases in Wuhan, linked to a seafood wholesale market.
Immediately after, the government deployed the first set of precautionary measures.
On the same day, MOH expands temperature screening to all passengers arriving on flights from China from 22 Jan 2020 onwards. Individuals with pneumonia and travel history to Wuhan within 14 days before onset of symptoms will also be isolated in the hospital, as a precautionary measure.
Singapore then swung into action.
22nd Jan: Task force convened and multi-pronged action plan rolled out. Gan Kim Yong says that it will be inevitable that the virus would turn up in Singapore.
24th Jan: MOH issues clarification about WhatsApp message asking public not to visit certain public hospitals
25th Jan: MOH issues clarification that there have been no deaths among suspect or confirmed cases to date (arose from a FB post by one MaseyDazie SugarBomb Perfumes SG)
25th Jan: ICA issues clarification about rumour that more than 100 travelers from Wuhan were denied entry to Singapore
27th Jan: MOH issues clarification on Facebook about medical workers in protective gear attending to an individual at Compass One. The individual is not linked to the Wuhan coronavirus.
So the next time someone asks you “eh, what the gahmen do during this crisis ah”? Send them this timeline. Say what you want, but we are a country that takes no chances and we are all trained to be extremely prepared.