Singapore health ministry files police report after Ghost writer leaks 728 unconfirmed COVID-19 cases

Singapore health ministry files police report after Ghost writer leaks 728 unconfirmed COVID-19 cases
  • Foreign worker dormitory Sungei Tengah Lodge along Old Choa Chu Kang Road. Workers staying in dorms make up a majority of the 728 cases reported on Thursday. 

 

Singapour emerged as a model for how to curb the virus' spread, along with Hong Kong and Taiwan, earning praise from the World Health Organization for its defense strategy.

 

The Ministry of Health (MoH) has made a police report after news that there were 728 new Covid-19 infections on Thursday (April 16) was leaked hours before MoH officially announced it. The 728 figure had appeared in several messaging and social media platforms.

In response to TODAY’s queries, an MoH spokesperson said:

“The Ministry of Health is aware of the incident. We have made a police report and police investigations are ongoing.”

The 728 figure was the highest single-day jump in infections here, the previous high being the 447 cases that were reported a day before. A total of 654 of these are work permit holders residing in dormitories.

The leak comes two weeks after a draft joint media statement by the Ministry of Social and Family Development and the Ministry of Education was leaked to the public.

The draft statement was to announce details of the implementation of full home-based learning by schools and institutes of higher learning, as well as the closure of preschools and student care centres.

Singapour has been a role model for other countries on how it contained COVID19

The city-state was just the third country to report cases of COVID-19, and by mid-February, two months after the disease originated in Wuhan, China, Singapore had reported 80 cases. It was the worst-hit country outside mainland China at the time.

Singapour emerged as a model for how to curb the virus' spread, along with Hong Kong and Taiwan, earning praise from the World Health Organization for its defense strategy.

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