Once again dismissing the claims leveled by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Singapore government said that no new version had arisen from the country.
“There is no new ‘Singapore’ version of the Covid-19. Nor is there any evidence of a Covid-19 version that is ‘extremely dangerous for children’. Prevalent in many COVID-19 cases found in Singapore Is tense. The most recent week is the B1.614.2 version, which originated from India. The existence and spread of the B1.614.2 version within India preceded the detection of the version in Singapore, and It has been publicly known and reported by various media since early May 5, 2021, ”Singapore’s Ministry of Health said in an official statement.
Here is the timeline of the diplomatic issue raised on Delhi CM’s tweet:
May 18: CM Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet in Hindi, “The new form of coronavirus in Singapore has been described as very dangerous for children. It may reach Delhi as a third wave. My appeal to the central government: 1 Cancel all air services with Singapore with immediate effect. 2. Work on vaccine options for children on priority basis. “
May 18: Angry netizens in Singapore criticize Delhi CM Kejriwal for making false claims and accuse him of ‘spreading misinformation’, apologizing and recommending fact-checking.
May 19: Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said that Indian High Commissioner P Kumaran made it clear to the Singapore government that the Delhi Chief Minister had no ability to comment on the Covid-19 variant.
May 19: The High Commissioner of Singapore said, “We certainly appreciate the clear explanation of the Government of India and we are satisfied with it,” said the High Commissioner. The facts are quite clear and it should be the responsibility of those holding key political positions to “not propagate lies”, the commissioner said.
May 19: While reprimanding Arvind Kejriwal, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said that the Chief Minister of Delhi does not speak for India and both countries have been solid partners in dealing with the epidemic.
May 19: Defending the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo, party members said that after the saffron party accused Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of a serious violation of constitutional justification, the BJP and its government in India were charged with child abuse. There was more concern for his image abroad than in India. . Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said that the BJP-led government needs to prioritize children instead of playing politics and “fixing its image” abroad.
May 20: Singapore, under Singapore Press Holdings, issued general reform instructions to Facebook, Twitter and SPH magazines on lies about the “Singapore version” of COVID-19 under protection from the Online Lies and Manipulation Act (POFMA).