Folks carrying face masks as a safety measure are seen on the Merlion park, one of many main vacationer attraction in Singapore and close to the Marina Bay Sands in the course of the Singapore Nationwide Day on 9 August 2020 amid the Covid-19 pandemic.Maverick Asio | SOPA Pictures | LightRocket | Getty ImagesSINGAPORE — Town-state of Singapore is dedicated to its sturdy measures to comprise the unfold of the coronavirus, a senior member of the nation’s authorities mentioned on Wednesday. “We do not imagine that we are able to get to no Covid instances, however we wish to have a scenario the place we will likely be ready — if any Covid case arises — to have the ability to comprise it,” Senior Minister Teo Chee Hean instructed CNBC’s Martin Soong at a Credit score Suisse occasion.Early within the yr, Singapore was a poster little one for its environment friendly dealing with of the unfold of the virus. However that success was threatened after an outbreak amongst international migrant employees residing in dormitories, who primarily hail from India and Bangladesh.”We managed to comprise it fairly effectively within the first couple of months, however it nearly received away from us in April and May. And within the first week of April, we had numbers within the low double digits…By the third week of May, we had been having four-digit numbers over 1,000 a day. And that is how briskly it strikes,” mentioned Teo.In April, Singapore went right into a partial lockdown the federal government known as a “circuit breaker.” Gradual easing of the restrictions began in May.As of now, the scenario has largely been introduced below management. On Wednesday, there have been simply seven new instances tied to dormitories, in accordance with Singapore’s Ministry of Well being.”For the dormitories, it took us fairly some time to convey it below management, as a result of we needed to do a number of issues. We needed to ensure that we sorted the employees effectively — they’re right here, they work, they’re right here to make an sincere residing and it’s our accountability to take care of them — so we made positive we glance after their pay, we glance after their meals, we glance after their well being, and this exhibits within the extraordinarily low fatality charges. And it isn’t serendipity, it was one thing which we got down to do intentionally,” mentioned Teo.All the migrant employees have been examined and have returned to work. They need to nonetheless endure routine testing.”Everybody — whether or not he is a migrant employee, if he is Singaporean — if he mixes collectively in that worksite milieu, he needs to be examined as soon as each 14 days. And that is the place we’re getting a few of these instances now, as a result of we’re type of working everybody via a filtration system once more, to ensure that we clear all of it out,” mentioned Teo.As a result of infectious nature of the virus, the nation’s sturdy preventive and containment measures are obligatory to forestall superspreader occasions, which “as soon as it will get uncontrolled, may be very tough to convey it again below management,” mentioned Teo.”It includes early detection, containment, isolation, and ensuring that we are able to maintain management of the scenario,” he mentioned.”So it is not a query of, if we return to the place we had been earlier than. If we return to the place we had been earlier than, with out security measures, we’ll be in hassle once more, as a result of the virus goes to behave in precisely the identical manner … it’s a very, very fast paced virus, it should discover all of the nooks and crannies and all of the crevices and are available via and shock you in a manner which you had not considered earlier than,” he mentioned.