The Pontificate - Contribute to help UCA News
The Pontificate - Contribute to help UCA News
UCA News

Singapore

What went wrong with Singapore's battle against Covid-19?

After initially managing to keep infections low, the city-state has seen the number of cases rocket

Richard Fang, Hong Kong

Richard Fang, Hong Kong

Updated: April 16, 2020 08:55 AM GMT
Featured Authors - Columnists | Make a Contribution
Featured Authors - Columnists | Make a Contribution
What went wrong with Singapore's battle against Covid-19?

Foreign workers at a dormitory at Cochrane Lodge 2, which has been gazetted as an isolation area to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, in Singapore on April 14. (Photo: Roslan Rahman/AFP)

Share this article :
Singapore gained international acclaim for its early actions and stricter norms that seemed to be successful in fighting the spread of the coronavirus. But suddenly in the last fortnight, cases began to spiral, and the tiny city-state on April 15 alone reported 447 news cases. What went wrong?

When the novel coronavirus was reported extending beyond China's borders in January, Singapore was determined to fight a large-scale outbreak. By mid-February, the Southeast Asian nation became the third most infected country outside China, with some 80 infections.

Even before the pandemic got its name Covid-19, the island nation of 5.7 people million people had put in place robust disease surveillance and a fastidious contact tracing system.

Singapore is "leaving no stone unturned," said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, who urged other nations to emulate Singapore's preventive measures to ward off the coronavirus threat.

Click here to read the full article

Support UCA News...

UCA News provides a unique service, bringing you the voices of emerging churches and helping you see efforts made to evangelize and bring relief to people in all manner of need.

UCA News has more than 40 full time and part time reporters, editors and administrators bringing you this service from across 23 countries in south, southeast and east Asia. You, too, can be part of their efforts by contributing even a small amount to keep UCA News available to the world.
Click here to consider the options available to you.

Your contribution to UCA News will immensely help us continue to grow a strong media community by harnessing information technology to inform, engage, inspire and influence the Catholics of Asia and the world.

As a gesture of our gratitude to your commitment to UCA News, we are pleased to gift you a free PDF Book/e-Book titled Mission in Asia when you make a contribution.

UCA News Donate
UCA Newsletter
YOUR DAILY
NEWSLETTER
Thank you. You are now signed up to our Daily Full Bulletin newsletter

Also Read

UCA News Podcast
UCAN Ad
 
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
UCA News Catholic Dioceses in Asia
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution
Mission in Asia | Make a Contribution