PM Lee’s speech earlier today came without much warning. With barely any notice, media outlets in Singapore revealed the news that the Prime Minister would be discussing the Covid-19 situation on a livestream. To the point, he discussed about how the government will be relaxing Singapore’s Covid-19 restrictions.
I’m honestly a bit confused with this as we’re still seeing numbers of upwards of 10,000 daily. Yes, it’s a fall from the past few weeks, but it’s still alarmingly high.
Why the rush then to remove masking mandates for outdoor areas? I make no bones about it, I’ve actually advocated for that, but even I didn’t think it should be enacted upon while cases are so high. Outdoors or not, by going not masking will get many more people infected.
The Covid-19 restrictions are bound to raise morale, but are we truly ready to go on to the next step with so many cases popping up daily?
Conspiracy theories are bound to fly because of this.
I can already foresee the more paranoid among us saying this is just the calm before the storm.
It’s just a ploy to get the numbers up so that harsher restrictions can be enforced just before Hari Raya hits in May. Two weeks for the infections to take root, and then another two for the numbers to get high…that takes up right to the week before Hari Raya.
Isn’t that a coincidence? *wink wink*
I don’t know if that’s the case but I do agree we’re going to see numbers rise because of this. Like it or not, being unmasked (even with dubious safe distancing adherence) outdoors still carries a significant risk, especially with how highly transmissible the Omicron variety is.
One of my friends who caught Covid-19 earlier in the year is sweating bullets at this. He has a ton of health issues and fears contracting Covid-19 again might just end him. He’s already told me, mask optional or no, he’s still going masked up everywhere.
Then again, maybe I’m being a pessimist and it’ll all work out in the end.
Yeah right…haven’t the past few years taught us anything?