This is Mr Masagos Zulkifli, our minister for Environment and Water Resources.
He also moonlights as the discipline master of Singapore and usually takes to Facebook to scold Singaporeans for not complying with safe distancing measures.
But yesterday, on 25 Apr, he sang a different tune.
Minister: More People Complying with Circuit Breaker Measures As Fewer Fines Are Imposed
On 19 Apr, 200 people were issued fines for not complying with safe distancing measures.
On 20 Apr, more than 360 people were issued fines. 120 of them weren’t wearing masks when they went out.
And on 21 Apr, more than 200 people were caught breaking safe distancing measures, with 80 of them not wearing masks.
But get this: on 25 Apr 2020, enforcement officers only came across around 60 people breaching safe distancing measures. And less than 20 of them were caught not wearing masks.
Mr Masagos said that this is an “encouraging” sign as it shows that Singaporeans are starting to get the importance of complying with safe distancing measures.
He hopes that each and every one of us can urge and persuade our family and friends to follow the safe distancing measures put into place.
Our daily choices will determine how long the Circuit Breaker measures last. If we stay united and collectively bring down the transmission numbers, we might be able to lift some of the Circuit Breaker measures.
Better Conditions At The Top 4 Markets In S’pore Too
Most people, he shared, who went to the popular markets are well-aware of the new measure implemented on the popular markets.
- On even days (e.g. 24 Apr 2020), people with 0, 2, 4, 6 and 8 as the last digit of their NRIC number can enter.
- On odd days (e.g. 25 Apr 2020), people with 1, 3, 5, 7 and 9 as the last digit of their NRIC will enter instead.
At Geylang Serai Market and 505 Jurong West Market, only 7% of patrons were not allowed entry.
At Marsiling Lane Market and Chong Pang Market, it “was even better” as only 3% were not allowed entry.
And because of the new measure, there were “almost no queues” at these markets, a far cry from what happened last week.
The government has been trying to spread people’s marketing time across the entire week and he felt that the new measures helped in doing that.
You can read his full post below:
A Drop In Local Cases Reported On 25 Apr 2020
And in other good news, 618 new Covid-19 cases were reported on 25 Apr 2020, the second time this week has seen a 3-digit figure increase.
Local cases are also finally in the single digits as only 7 of the new cases are Singaporeans and Singapore PRs.
Pertaining to the average number of community cases, based on yesterday’s numbers, it has decreased from an average of 31 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 25 per day in the past week.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased, from an average of 20 cases per day in the week before to an average of 17 per day in the past week.
So, yes, Singaporeans, we’re doing good (despite what other international media outlets are saying) so let’s keep it up.
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