While there is no evidence that Bedok betting centre is a source of TB infection, screening of visitors to betting centers is not necessary. The infection itself is curable with a combination of drugs for six to nine months. Moreover, the disease is endemic in Singapore, and older people may have had the disease when they were younger. Latent TB infection does not cause any symptoms, and a person with this infection is not contagious.
Bedok’s Coffee Shop Is A “Horse-Racing Holy Land”
A popular Bedok coffee shop is home to horse-racing betting. Located on Block 26 New Upper Changi Road, it has been dubbed a “horse-racing holy land” by locals. Many residents who visit have noticed the large crowds betting openly on races, and some have even seen the public bet without masks or keeping a safe distance.
SPF Raids Targeted Illegal Gambling Locations
Singapore police conducted a coordinated island-wide operation, from May 4 to 6, targeting alleged vice-related activities. During the raids, police arrested 36 people ranging in age from 26 to 63, and seized over $356,000 in assets. Most of the arrests were of women, but the men arrested were mostly older men. The raids were targeted at locations in and around Jurong West and Bukit Panjang, as well as the Aliwal and Hong Kong Streets.
The operation reportedly resulted in the seizure of over S$1.2 million in cash, as well as laptops, mobile phones, and computers. It is intended to crack down on the transnational syndicates involved in unlawful remote gambling. Fines for participating in the illegal activity range from $500 to $5,000, and up to $250,000 or more. Prison sentences of up to five years are also available for people involved in the operations.
The arrests came after a large-scale operation conducted by federal and local law enforcement officers. It is believed that the illegal gambling dens in the East side of San Diego were being used as a hub for drug trafficking and the illegal possession of firearms. In the raid, more than 450 law enforcement officers searched several homes and businesses connected to the ring. The raids were accompanied by video footage showing heavily armed police officers and suspects entering a City Heights home at midnight.
The illegal gambling dens were located in upscale residential areas, often in outbuildings or small businesses. The owners of these establishments paid the property owners in cash in order to operate. Thousands of people were arrested as a result of the operations. During the raids, hundreds of people were arrested. Authorities seized millions of dollars in cash, including computer systems that connected to nearly $465 million in bets.
The Michigan Gaming Control Board, Attorney General’s office, and Lansing police department all collaborated on the raids. In the Logan Square Shopping Center, two illegal casino locations were targeted. One location contained twenty-eight gambling units and a virtual blackjack table. Another one, on South Cedar Street, contained 13 full-size slot machines and seven other games. The raids were successful, resulting in the closure of the illegal gambling venues.
Tuberculosis Clusters Visited The Centre
Two separate TB clusters were recently identified at Singapore Pools’ Bedok Betting Centre. These 18 individuals were reportedly visiting the bedok betting center over a period of months to years and were not known to each other. The disease, also known as tuberculosis (TB), is an infectious disease that attacks the lungs and is highly contagious. Treatment for tuberculosis makes it non-infectious, but it does not eliminate the risk of spreading the disease to others.
The Ministry of Health has since identified the close contacts of the 18 people and notified the TB Control Unit. The Tuberculosis Control Unit has installed fans to improve the airflow in the outlet and the Health Promotion Board has put up posters to educate the public about good hygiene. However, the current situation remains uncertain. Despite the ongoing TB cluster outbreak, the CDC and the Ministry of Health are doing their utmost to keep Singapore’s gambling industry safe.
A TB screening at the Singapore Pools’ Bedok betting centre is not necessary in the absence of symptoms, but the facility is still offering the service as a precautionary measure. Patrons who spend a lot of time at the Centre will be asked to undergo a screening and be reminded to look out for people who may be unwell. Additionally, extra fans have been installed at the outlet to improve air circulation.
TB was a common disease in Singapore until the 1970s. Some older folks might have contracted it while they were young and continue to interact with the community. Today, between two and 29 per cent of Singaporeans are believed to have a latent TB infection. This is asymptomatic, but it is still infectious. Around 10 percent of latent TB sufferers go on to develop active TB.
Ultra Violet Germicidal Radiation Machines To Be Installed At The Centre
Singapore Pools has recalled staff to monitor the health of its customers and to advise them to seek medical attention if they cough or have a cold. The outlet is also planning to install Ultra Violet Germicidal Radiation machines at its outlet and will resume live betting operations in the coming months. Until then, however, customers should avoid betting in the outlet if they have a cough or cold.