Lim Tean lashes out at MTF after US reclassifies Singapore’s Covid-19 travel advisory status as ‘unknown’ for travel

Singapore – After the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reclassified its travel advisory for Singapore as “unknown” and advised American citizens to avoid traveling to the country, the politician from the The opposition Lim Tean took up this issue to attack the Multi-Ministerial Task Force (FMT).

He called this development “A damning indictment of a Incompetent working group ”.

The CDC website says it uses the “Unknown” category for its travel health advisory levels when a destination does not provide data regarding the Covid-19 situation. In such cases, he advises travelers to follow the advisory for Level 4 countries. For those countries, the site simply says “Avoid traveling to this destination.”

Mr. Lim, a lawyer and the leader of the People’s Voice party, was very vocal in his post. He said:

“It was absolutely misleading for Lee Hsien Loong to claim that his team and the task force were successful in controlling Covid. We are now seen by Americans as a country that does not provide data on the viral situation. We are fundamentally an opaque country, where citizens are kept in the dark about the real situation of the virus. “

He said the Department of Health stopped providing daily updates on Covid on December 7 and that “all Singaporeans are subject to Everyday, is a relentless call to get vaccinated. It’s so typical of the PAP in the way it clings to power – withholding information from citizens. “

In fact, what the Department of Health cut off was a daily update of information on the Covid-19 situation here that was sent directly to users via WhatsApp. Information continues to be available on one of the Department of Health’s many websites. Updates are also regularly disseminated in the media.

However, stopping the WhatsApp service definitely makes accessing information less easy than when a neat message arrives reliably and conveniently on your smartphone or other device without a prompt.

Perhaps it was the shutdown of this WhatsApp service that prompted the US CDC to reclassify Singapore’s Covid-19 status as “unknown”.

Mr. Lim has not spared the mainstream media. He targeted the Singapore media as part of his harangue against the Singapore government. “In this, they are ably aided by their 160th ranked propaganda spokesperson, the MSM, who is ridiculing by claiming that it wants to be a ‘reliable source of information’,” he added.

Referring to the co-chairs of the multi-ministerial working group tasked with managing the pandemic, Mr. Lim asked, “Are Lawrence Wong, Ong Ye Kung and Gan Kim Yong happy that Singapore is in the same category for Covid as Korea? North ? Afghanistan and Syria?

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At a press conference on Wednesday January 5, Minister of Health Ong Ye Kung said the United States had advised its citizens against traveling to Singapore because they did not know the numbers for Covid surveillance tests -19 from Singapore.

The times of the straits quotes Mr Ong as saying: “Just to be clear, we know our situation very well”, and added that “we are sure that the incidence of Covid-19 in our community is currently low and stable”.

What the CDC website says

This is the entrance for CDC’s latest tip for Singapore:

  • Avoid trips to Singapore.
  • Because the current situation in Singapore is unknown, even fully vaccinated travelers may be at risk for contracting and spreading variants of COVID-19.
  • If you have to travel to Singapore, make sure you are fully immunized before travel.
  • Travelers should follow any recommendations or requirements in Singapore, including wearing a mask and staying 6 feet from each other.

In October 2021, CDC placed Singapore on its ‘very high’ Covid-19 risk level 4 list as a travel destination.

At that time, the CDC considered Singapore to be at the same level of danger as Malaysia, Afghanistan, Central African Republic, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Turkey, Somalia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. , among others.

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Previously, the CDC classified Singapore as a Level 3 country.


Also read: US CDC judges Singapore “riskier” for Covid-19 for travelers than Brazil, India, Indonesia and Vietnam

US CDC judges Singapore “riskier” for Covid-19 for travelers than Brazil, India, Indonesia and Vietnam

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