Lawrence Wong finally admitted to reporters on 8 June 2020 that at least half of Singapore's Covid19 cases show no symptoms. In their usual manner, Lawrence Wong and the Covid19 Ministerial Task Force did not disclose how many of the confirmed cases were asymptomatic.
Despite saying that asymptomatic individuals have less opportunities to spread Covid19 as they are not coughing or sneezing, Lawrence Wong told reporters that there have been cases of asymptomatic transmission locally, especially for infected persons who live in close proximity.
While it is unsure when the Task Force came to know this information, the Minister of Education (MOE) Ong Ye Kung had already allowed students to return to schools at the start of June 2020. Just recently, five individuals consisting of students and staff were found to be infected with Covid19.
What is more startling is that Elections Department (ELD) announced some measures for safe voting on the same day. If the PAP decides to hold a General Elections this year, which many speculate is in July 2020, Singaporean voters may go to the polls while Covid19 is potentially still around.
The guidelines drawn by the ELD show measures like temperature taking, wearing of masks and gloves, and sanitisers. However, based on what Lawrence Wong said about the 50% asymptomatic cases, are these procedures truly safe enough to protect voters or will we be at risk?