In taking this decision, I suggest that the ministerial task force look at the new cases from the community only, and exclude the new cases from the worker dormitories.
The infected workers from the dormitories have been identified by comprehensive testing and were sent to hospital wards or isolation facilities. This would have prevented their infecting the wider community.
Currently, the new cases from the community number about 30 a day. It is a small number. It has been kept at a steady level. It is not increasing at an alarming rate.
Furthermore, from the experience of the dormitories, most of the infected cases were mild.
If the task force wish to extend the circuit breaker for a further period, they have to be mindful of the cost to the government and the additional cost to the businesses and households.
Based on the information available to me, I cannot see how they can justify making any decision to extend the circuit breaker. It would be folly.
However, if they are worried about an increase in severe cases, they should prepare for more hospital beds, ventilators and health care workers to be available. They should also employ specially screened care givers to take care of the elderly sick in nursing homes and those living alone.
The additional cost to expand the medical and care facilities is miniscule, compared to the cost of extending the circuit breaker.
I hope that the ministerial task force comes out with a sensible decision.https://tklcloud.com/Feedback/feedback2.aspx?id=2874