Reporters Without Borders cited POFMA as the main reason for Singapore’s drastic decline in press freedom.
Singapore now has the third highest density of coronavirus cases in Asia when measured by number of cases per 1 million.
The WHO has been widely criticized for its handling of the coronavirus pandemic
Officially, over 2,500 people have died from coronavirus in Wuhan, out of a total of 50,000 infections. Residents and several health experts believe that the real number may be many times more.
Despite serious reservations by Singaporeans and the mounting measures being implemented to curb the spread of coronavirus, the government has not ruled out holding an election in the midst of the pandemic.
The ship’s parent company reiterated on Monday (March 9) that there is “no one infected with the disease on the ship”. Despite this, a host of precautionary measures are being taken before paasengers can disembark the ship.
Pharmacies and retail stores in a number of areas in Jakarta also claimed to run out of stock of mouth masks, hand sanitizers , and wet tissues.
Previously, Indonesia’s claim of being virus-free had raised several eyebrows as doubts persisted over the country’s effectiveness in monitoring and testing suspected cases.
‘it’s easier to dam a river than it is to silence the voice of the people’