SINGAPORE: The number of locally transmitted and unlinked cases of COVID-19 in Singapore is increasing, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Tuesday (Mar 31), as he stressed the importance of taking safe distancing measures seriously.
On average, there are 25 locally transmitted cases a day, Mr Gan said during a press conference that was held virtually on video conferencing.
“The number of local cases is rising and so are unlinked cases. Contact tracing is ongoing, and it is very important for us to continue to do so,” he said.
As the virus continues to spread across the world, there is “strong evidence” that safe distancing is a very important measure to stop and slow down the transmission, Mr Gan noted.
It was a message emphasised by Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force on COVID-19 with Mr Gan.
He said that Singapore’s focus now has to be on locally transmitted cases, particularly the unlinked cases as the number of imported cases from people returning to Singapore tapers off.
“Particularly worrying are the unlinked cases. We have an excellent contact tracing team, and they are going all out to trace down each and every new case, identify the links,” Mr Wong said.
However, he cautioned that it will be “very difficult” for them as they go about doing their work, with new cases “popping up” every day.