Singapore is set to punish people who stand too close to strangers with 6 months in prison as the true scope of “social distancing” measures begins to be felt around the world.
According to a press release from the country’s Ministry of Health, Singaporeans who fail to maintain a distance of one meter from other people during “non-transient” public interactions can be fined 10,000 Singapore dollars ($6,985) or hit with 6 months in jail.
The measure is obviously designed to target groups of people who congregate or people who visit their friends and relatives.
As the resentment of being forced to live under quarantine lockdown for weeks and possibly months builds, authorities across the world are undoubtedly going to face a growing backlash from the citizenry, no matter how bad the spread of coronavirus.
In France, a 35-year-old man was sent to prison after repeatedly violating lockdown measures after being found guilty of “endangering the lives of others.”
Another 19-year-old man was handed a 4 month suspended prison sentence for repeatedly flouting the measures 10 times in just a few days.
In Jordan, authorities initially banned everyone from going outside, even to buy food, leading to the arrest of 800 people.
More than 90,000 Italians have also been hit with fines for violating quarantine while transgressors in Spain can face up to 18 months in prison.
As we highlighted yesterday, one police force in the UK is using drone surveillance technology to spy on people who walk their dogs in remote areas and then track down their home address.
- The CDC said individuals and organizations should reschedule events with 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.
- Gatherings of any size should be reconsidered unless organizers can protect vulnerable people, ensure proper hand hygiene and social distancing.
- The guidance doesn’t apply to schools, universities or businesses, the CDC said.
President Donald Trump suggested that Americans should consider giving up the tradition of greeting each other with a hand-shake — forever…
..“Maybe people aren’t going to be shaking hands anymore,” Trump said, adding that he had discussed the practice with Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. “He was saying the regular flu would be cut down by quite a bit if we didn’t do that, if we didn’t shake hands.”
- The public are being advised to keep distance of at least 6ft 6in from eachother
- But study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology says it is too small
- The gap needs to be four times bigger, at around 26 feet
- The highly contagious coronavirus is spread via droplets in the air
- Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?
JoongAng: South Korea is considering expelling a British national who did not comply with coronavirus self-quarantine protocols after exhibiting symptoms and being tested. He visited4 different cities and came in close contact with 23 people in 5 days. t.co/ICJesXXNCe
— Vincent Lee (@Rover829) March 29, 2020