Singapore

No truth to rumours that Dorscon level will turn to red: Iswaran

Rumours that the Government will raise the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (Dorscon) alert to red, the highest level, are false.

"We are aware there has been false information purveyed on various platforms that we are going to declare Dorscon Red, that the Government is going to go into a lockdown mode, that we are going to scale back the MRT and bus services," Communications and Information Minister S. Iswaran told reporters at Parliament yesterday.

"All of this is completely untrue. We have issued a clarification through the Gov.sg WhatsApp service.

"Such false information is completely irresponsible, and it just serves to raise the level of anxiety and cause fear and panic in our population."

There are four alert levels - green, yellow, orange and red - depending on the severity and spread of the disease.

On Feb 7, Singapore raised the Dorscon level from yellow to orange, which means the disease is severe with transmission but generally contained and has moderate to high public health impact. Red signifies a severe disease that is spreading widely.

Mr Iswaran urged the public to resist sharing false information, adding that there are legitimate sources of accurate, reliable and timely information, such as the Health Ministry and Gov.sg websites.

"We hope everyone will exercise prudence in sharing information, and verify the source and truthfulness of it before they share it with their loved ones and friends," he said.

Singapore had 73 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday - the largest jump in a day, which brought the total number to 631.

On the same day, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong told Parliament the number of cases will keep rising in the coming weeks as some of the 200,000 overseas Singaporeans return home.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said in a televised national address that the Covid-19 situation remains under control, and there are no plans to raise the disease outbreak response level alert to red. - THE STRAITS TIMES

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