In February, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, publicly praised Singapore’s “no stone unturned” approach to minimising the spread of COVID-19.
The Asian city-state had certainly moved faster than most.
It began temperature screening passengers from China as early as January 22 — that’s a day before Wuhan (the original source of the pandemic) went into lockdown. Days later, it implemented an impressive contract-tracing program that has seen the Singapore Armed Forces making 1,000-2,000 calls a day to monitor people with confirmed or suspected cases of the virus.
By the end of January, authorities enforced travel restrictions, banning inbound passengers from China and some of the worst-affected areas. And by the end of March, it had closed its borders to non-residents, advised against all non-essential overseas travel and…