COVID-19 pandemic in Singapore

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COVID-19 pandemic in Singapore
COVID-19 Cases in Singapore by Planning Areas.svg
Map of planning areas with confirmed (red) coronavirus cases (as of 16 April)
Virus strainSARS-CoV-2
First outbreakWuhan, Hubei, China
Index caseSentosa
Arrival date23 January 2020
(2 years and 1 day)
Confirmed cases58,285[1]
Active cases76
Fatality rate0.05%
Government website

The first case relating to the COVID-19 pandemic in Singapore was confirmed on 23 January.

Numbers[change | change source]

By late-March and April, COVID-19 areas were detected at multiple areas for foreign workers, which soon caused a large number of new cases in the country. Singapore currently has the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, having overtaken Indonesia on 19 April.[2]

Response[change | change source]

To fight against COVID-19, a multi-ministerial committee was formed on 22 January with Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong and Minister for Health Gan Kim Yong as the co-chairs and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat as advisors.[3][4]

Singapore also spent US$500,000 to support World Health Organization (WHO) efforts against COVID-19.[5]

In response to the growing number of new cases, Singapore announced on 3 April a strict number of measures called a "circuit breaker" from 7 April to 4 May. The circuit breaker was extended to 1 June on 21 April.

Cases[change | change source]

National authorities began reporting on suspected cases on 4 January,[6] however the first confirmed case of infection was reported on 23 January. The person was a tourist from Wuhan.[7] Until 30 January, there were a total to 13 confirmed cases, all of whom were visitors to Singapore from China.[8][9]

The first case involving a Singaporean was confirmed on 31 January after returning from Wuhan.[10]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Situation Report [Summary of Confirmed Cases by Status in the Past 14 Days]". Ministry of Health (Singapore).
  2. "Singapore now has most coronavirus cases in SE Asia". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 22 April 2020.
  3. Goh, Timothy (22 January 2020). "Wuhan virus: MOH sets up multi-ministry taskforce, advises against non-essential trips to Wuhan". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 22 January 2020. Retrieved 22 January 2020.
  4. "Multi-Ministry Taskforce on Wuhan Coronavirus: Terms of Reference (TORs) and Composition" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 21 March 2020. Retrieved 21 March 2020.
  5. "Singapore contributes US$500,000 to support WHO efforts against COVID-19". CNA. Archived from the original on 25 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020.
  6. Chang, Ai-Lien (4 January 2020). "Wuhan pneumonia: First suspected case reported in Singapore". The Straits Times. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  7. Abdullah, Zhaki (23 January 2020). "Singapore confirms first case of Wuhan virus". CNA. Retrieved 23 January 2020.
  8. "Singapore confirms 3 new cases of Wuhan virus; total of 10 infected". CNA. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  9. hermesauto (2020-01-30). "Wuhan virus: 3 more confirmed cases in Singapore, bringing total to 13". The Straits Times. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  10. Goh, Timothy (31 January 2020). "Wuhan virus: First Singaporean case confirmed; she was on Scoot flight from Wuhan". The Straits Times. Retrieved 13 May 2020.