SINGAPORE, March 30 (The Straits Times/ANN) - It could take several years for the coronavirus to go around the world and run its course unless something happens to abort that process, says Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, adding that the world will have to brace itself for a long battle ahead.
Singapore's much-lauded response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Lee said he hesitates to call the Republic a"success story".In response to the suggestion that Singapore has contained the virus outbreak, he said:"I hesitate to talk about success because we are right in the midst of a battle, which is intensifying."
He does not see the pandemic going away in a couple of months and expects it to spread to other parts of the world such as India, Africa, South-east Asia and Latin America."By the time it goes around the world, and then finally runs its course, I think that is several years, unless something happens to abort that process."
Mr Fareed also asked about the role of the United States in the pandemic, noting that President Donald Trump did not seem interested in taking the lead.To this, Mr Lee said the world has greatly benefited from American leadership in such crises for decades."If America is in a different mode, well, we will get by and I think other configurations will eventually work out, but it would be a loss."
America, he added, has the resources, the science, the influence, the soft power, and the track record of dealing with these problems convincingly and successfully."It is a pity not to put those resources to work now, to deal with this very grave challenge to mankind."
He also called upon the US and China - which have beenpointing fingers at each other for the outbreak- to work together to combat the pandemic."It is a most unfortunate situation to be in. I mean, US-China relations have been complicated even before this. But if we are going to deal with this virus, you have got to get all the countries to be working together, in particular, the US and China.
"Under the best of circumstances, it is going to be a very difficult challenge for mankind. But if the US and the Chinese are swopping insults and blaming one another for inventing the virus and letting it loose on the world, I do not think that that is going to help us solve the problem sooner."
China had been criticised for not being sufficiently transparent about the crisis during its early days. Asked whether that had - as some critics charged - exacerbated the situation, Mr Lee said:"I am sure that there were many aspects of the Chinese response to this outbreak which they will look back upon and believe that they should have done better.
"But I do not think overall that one can say this would not have happened if only the Chinese had done the right thing. Because you look at the way the outbreak has continued to grow and spread in many countries, and they do not have the Chinese government and yet they have not found it easy to keep the outbreak under control in their country.
"I think that we are in a very difficult situation and it is most constructive for us now to look ahead and find the best way to move forward and deal with a problem which we now have."He said that Singapore took Covid-19 very seriously from the beginning."We watched what was happening in Wuhan, in China. We prepared our people. In fact, we have been preparing for this since Sars, which was 17 years ago."
To tackle the virusthrough herd immunity, a controversial strategy to allow a community be infected and build immunity to the virus, would be very painful, he said, as a large proportion of the population would have to be infected.Asked if the pandemic might lead him to postpone his decision to step down as Prime Minister, Mr Lee demurred:"I think this crisis keeps my hands full. Let us just focus on that for now."
Here is one person who speaks the truth I guessed 4/6 months or one year, many years is too much!! So it won't be safe in few coming years to travel, to go out freely without any worries!! Aaaaaa Truth lives between Extreme optimist denial who sounds like drugged fantasy From the other end of pessimistic suicidal in need of antidepressants Human experience/wisdom Accepts we have Viruses within our midsts Keep body immunity healthy Food water air clean From pollution
This is a REALISTIC leader. leehsienloong Preparing his citizens well and not buttering the facts wahlau eh...economy collapse loh...what's the alternative then? takkan keep kurung meh.
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