My previous post was on Singapore's more stringent COVID-19 measures. The government called it a circuit breaker and are avoiding using the term "lock down" as much as possible. Since this is an unprecedented event in Singapore, I thought I should document more about the event on this platform so that I can still refresh my memory on this event in years to come.
Day 4 of circuit breaker
It is day 4 of the circuit breaker today and people are slowly adjusting to the new measures. Since dining in at food outlets are not allowed, "economic mixed rice" or 菜饭 (cai png) becomes the hot favorite for take-aways. For those who do not know, in Singapore, "economic mixed rice" is probably the cheapest hawker food you can find which provide the most variety of food on the table.
For just S$9, you get 4 dishes from the "economic mixed rice" stall. Together with rice, these are more than sufficient to fill the stomach for 4.
The other observations I made are that more people are wearing masks now. This is a good thing as I will explain later. I also see more joggers as I go for my run yesterday. Since there are no other things to do outdoors, I think more Singaporeans are heading out to jog. It is the simplest exercise that you can do alone. Perhaps I will take some pictures from my nearby park for my next circuit breaker update 😃.
Record high COVID-19 cases yesterday
Yesterday, Singapore recorded the largest surge so far in terms of the number of COVID-19 cases.
It is unsurprising to see frustrated Singaporeans write about the current situation. I stumbled across this post and one thing I agree with this article is on the use of face masks.
Singapore government should never had discouraged the use of face masks. I understand the government needed to protect supply of face masks to healthcare workers but discouraging the use of it gave a false sense of security. Before the government issued reusable masks, I observed that there were no more than 10% of Singaporeans wearing masks in public.
In my opinion, masks serve 2 key purposes. If everyone wears a mask, regardless what kind of mask, it serves as 2 additional layers of protection against spread through droplets. In addition, wearing a mask also serves as a constant reminder that we are in a pandemic and need to practice better personal hygiene. Stop touching your face, wash your hands often and avoid touching surfaces as much as possible.
So with the exploding case counts, is it too late for Singapore? I think it is never too late. As long as we put in the right measures and everyone practices good personal hygiene, things will get better eventually. Let's see how it goes. It is day 4 and there are 24 more days to go 😅.