Singapore now Southeast Asia’s most infected nation

Despite initial success in curbing the spread of the coronavirus, Singapore now flashes the title of having the region’s highest number of Covid-19 cases in Southeast Asia. The city state reported 14,423 cases as of April 27, with 1,060 recovered and 12 deaths, Within Asia, it has been overtaking Japan, while only China and India have currently more cases.

The majority of infections remains among migrant workers living in close quarters in dormitories, presenting a major setback to Singapore’s policy of containing the spread of the virus and having the outbreak under control. Its citizens and permanent residents made up just 15 of the new cases, the government said in a statement on April 26, according to Bloomberg News.

The city of about 5.7 million people extended its lockdown by a further four weeks until June 1 to contain the outbreak. Known as a “circuit-breaker,” the measures include keeping schools shut, closing non-essential businesses and confining foreign workers in their dormitories.

Sharp economic contraction foreseen

Singapore is bracing for a sharper economic contraction this year than an earlier forecast of a slump of as much as four per cent, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread globally and disrupts supply chains.

The city-state is “very likely” to see a steeper fall, trade and industry minister Chan Chun Sing said on April 23, as the global outbreak leads to a “more serious problem” than anticipated a month ago.

Still, none of the cases from the latest outbreak at dormitories required intensive care because the migrant workers are generally young and symptoms were mild, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.

Despite initial success in curbing the spread of the coronavirus, Singapore now flashes the title of having the region’s highest number of Covid-19 cases in Southeast Asia. The city state reported 14,423 cases as of April 27, with 1,060 recovered and 12 deaths, Within Asia, it has been overtaking Japan, while only China and India have currently more cases. The majority of infections remains among migrant workers living in close quarters in dormitories, presenting a major setback to Singapore’s policy of containing the spread of the virus and having the outbreak under control. Its citizens and permanent residents made up...

Despite initial success in curbing the spread of the coronavirus, Singapore now flashes the title of having the region’s highest number of Covid-19 cases in Southeast Asia. The city state reported 14,423 cases as of April 27, with 1,060 recovered and 12 deaths, Within Asia, it has been overtaking Japan, while only China and India have currently more cases.

The majority of infections remains among migrant workers living in close quarters in dormitories, presenting a major setback to Singapore’s policy of containing the spread of the virus and having the outbreak under control. Its citizens and permanent residents made up just 15 of the new cases, the government said in a statement on April 26, according to Bloomberg News.

The city of about 5.7 million people extended its lockdown by a further four weeks until June 1 to contain the outbreak. Known as a “circuit-breaker,” the measures include keeping schools shut, closing non-essential businesses and confining foreign workers in their dormitories.

Sharp economic contraction foreseen

Singapore is bracing for a sharper economic contraction this year than an earlier forecast of a slump of as much as four per cent, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread globally and disrupts supply chains.

The city-state is “very likely” to see a steeper fall, trade and industry minister Chan Chun Sing said on April 23, as the global outbreak leads to a “more serious problem” than anticipated a month ago.

Still, none of the cases from the latest outbreak at dormitories required intensive care because the migrant workers are generally young and symptoms were mild, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.

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