South Asia and Beyond

‘Singapore’s Coronavirus Lesson: Set Up For Bad Times In Good Times’

NEW DELHI: ‘Singapore prepared for a pandemic crisis for 17 Years After SARS, when the sun was shining. Spotting the coronavirus trend early, using high-tech tools and coordination for contact tracing, dealing severely with violators and transparent communication- those are the reasons for Singapore to be considered one of the best practice countries dealing with the pandemic. Anuraag Saxena, activist, columnist and commentator analyses how Singapore is dealing with the outbreak with an apex, nodal agency directing all other state organs, citizens and travellers in a bid to keep the deaths to a minimum. In this conversation with StratNews Global Associate Editor Amitabh P.Revi he points out Singapore has been preparing for a crisis like this since the SARS outbreak in 2003. Anuraag also discusses the issues of privacy, and the argument that Singapore has done relatively better than other countries because of its small population and the governance system.

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Anuraag Saxena is a founder of India Pride Project. He based in Singapore and has been featured/published in BBC, Washington Post, The Diplomat, Economic Times, Times of India, Sunday Guardian, Doordarshan, Man’s World, DailyO, and SPAN. He tweets at @anuraag_saxena

Amitabh P. Revi

Russian language speaker and conflict journalist. Amitabh Revi has been there, done that—from the battlefields of Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan to sublime Russia, Australia and the United States. Along the way he's picked up the Dag Hammarskjöld Distinguished Journalist Fellowship, the Ramnath Goenka award for coverage of the Iraq War and RT's Khaled Alkhateb Award for his reporting from Palmyra, Syria.