Why Singapore’s COVID-19 Death Rate Is World’s Lowest


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Aradhana Aravindan

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore has the lowest number of coronavirus cases globally, with just 27 deaths among more than 57,000 people infected with COVID-19 in the Southeast Asian island.

FILE PHOTO: People crossing a street in the shopping district of Orchard Road on June 19, 2020 in the midst of Singapore’s coronovirus outbreak. REUTERS / Edgar Su / File Photo
File photo: Singapore, students wearing protective face masks taught in class between coronovirus outbreak on June 2, 2020. REUTERS / Edgar Su / File Photo
FILE PHOTO: During the outbreak of coronavirus in Singapore on August 17, 2020, workers opened doors at a train station. REUTERS / Edgar Su / File Photo

According to data compiled by Reuters of countries that have recorded more than 1,000 cases, the death rate in Singapore is about 3% lower than the global average of about 3%. A clear difference is seen when compared with countries of similar size population – Denmark has a mortality rate of about 3%, while Finland has a population of about 4%. tmsnrt.rs/2RxksJF

Furthermore, no one has died of this disease in Singapore for more than two months, according to the Ministry of Health. The country’s leading disease experts said that the main factors behind this phenomenon are:


Approximately 95% of Singapore’s COVID-19 infections are among migrant workers, mostly in their 20s or 30s, living in tight dormitories and employed in labor-intensive sectors such as construction and shipbuilding.

While disease parameters continue to be studied as the epidemic progresses, current global trends indicate that its effects have been less severe for young people, many of whom show little or no symptoms.

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Singapore has succeeded in reducing the spread of the virus by using aggressive contact tracing and testing, which has received praise from the World Health Organization (WHO). [nL8N2AE2OU]

According to official figures, it has swallowed approximately 900,000 people, more than 15% of its 5.7 million population – the highest per capita rate globally.

Dormitory residents have been placed on a rostered testing regime, authorities have conducted large-scale testing among vulnerable communities such as care homes, and anyone with more than 13 acute respiratory infections is offered a free trial is.

“The more we diagnose, the lower the mortality after that,” said Hu Li Yang at Saw Swe Haw School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore.

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The pre-emptive approach has also applied for treatment. Doctors said that COVID-19 patients age 45 or older due to underlying conditions, who are cared for in hospital, even if they are well.

“We are traditional but well looked after; Fluid management, anticoagulants and participation in both proven drugs and drug tests, ”said Dale Fisher, a senior consultant at National University Hospital in Singapore.

Singapore was already a medical tourism center for Southeast Asia with many private hospitals and high quality public health facilities. It also created bed space for coronovirus patients who were housed in mild exhibition halls and other temporary facilities with little or no symptoms.

Doctors said that the healthcare system was stopped from getting heavy so as to focus attention and resources on more serious cases. There are currently no COVID-19 patients in intensive care in Singapore, while 42 are in hospital and 490 in temporary facilities.


The city-state publicly made the mask mandatory in April. While experts have said that more studies need to be done, there is increasing evidence that wearing masks helps reduce the spread and severity of the virus. The WHO recommends the use of masks along with other social removal measures.

“We have adopted a good facade culture in Singapore. It makes the disease mild, ”said Leong Hoye, an infectious pathologist at the city’s Mount Elizabeth Hospital.


Singapore stands strictly in the WHO’s case definition for classifying COVID-19 deaths. This does not include the fatal consequences of non-pneumonia caused by blood or heart issues in COVID-19 patients.

Paul Tembyh, president of the Asia Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection, said, “I have no doubt that if the WHO revises its case definitions, some non-pneumonia deaths will be redefined and deaths. Rate will change. ” What a change it will be.

The Ministry of Health has said that its approach is in line with international practice, although some countries such as the UK have counted it widely. Fisher of NUH said any change from redevelopment in Singapore would be minor.

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