Left Menu
Development News Edition

Singapore reports 396 new coronavirus cases

The MOH said that 210 patients were discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Thursday. In all, 46,308 people have fully recovered from the infection.

PTI | Singapore | Updated: 31-07-2020 18:06 IST | Created: 31-07-2020 15:45 IST
Singapore reports 396 new coronavirus cases
Representative Image Image Credit: ANI

As many as 396 foreign workers in Singapore tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday, taking the country's COVID-19 caseload to 52,205, the health ministry said. There were also three imported cases who were placed on stay-home notices upon their arrival in the country, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

It has so far confirmed 52,205 coronavirus cases since the testing began in January this year. The MOH said that 210 patients were discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities on Thursday.

In all, 46,308 people have fully recovered from the infection. There are currently 148 confirmed cases who are still in hospital. Of these, most are stable or improving, while 5,326 are isolated and cared for at community facilities. These are those who have mild symptoms, or are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19.

Meanwhile, experts said that years of investment in healthcare, and a well thought out and executed strategy to keep infection numbers low have helped to ensure Singapore has one of the world's lowest Intensive Care Unit (ICU) admissions and fatality rates. In the last two weeks, there has been no admission to the ICUs, with the last patient discharged on July 14, The Straits Times reported on Friday.

Of those who were in the ICU, more than three quarters, or 98, have fully recovered and been discharged. Another eight are recovering in general wards in the hospital. Still, not everyone got well, with 18 patients dying from COVID-19-related complications while four died of other causes.

Until now, Singapore has had 27 COVID-19-related deaths. While coronavirus cases in Singapore have surged past 50,000, only a tiny fraction of those who fell ill, just 128, or 0.3 per cent, have been admitted to the ICU as of Monday.

This makes for a case fatality rate of less than 0.1 per cent, an extremely low percentage compared with that of other developed nations, according to the Singapore daily report. An extremely low fatality rate like in Singapore is a reflection of the nation's high quality of healthcare… said Dr Phua Kai Hong, an adjunct senior research fellow with the Institute of Policy Studies at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy.

It also reflects how well-stocked and equipped ICUs are so patients are able to receive timely and proper utilisation when needed, Dr Phua said. "As COVID-19 slowly subsides, and if the quality of care is maintained, the case fatality rate in Singapore would look better and better when compared with other countries," he said, noting that there will be some adjustments in tallying deaths when the pandemic finally subsides.

The low death rate and ICU admissions are also the result of Singapore's success in keeping numbers manageable, said Associate Professor Jeremy Lim, director of the Global Health Programme at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore. "We should appreciate that our low death rates are also because the system was not overwhelmed like in Wuhan (China) or Lombardy (Italy) which had death rates much higher than in other parts of China and Italy respectively," report quoted Lim as saying.

In the longer term, the pandemic has signalled the importance of maintaining investments healthcare, not just in equipment and facilities but also in human capital, Lim added..


TRENDING

OPINION / BLOG / INTERVIEW

Post-COVID-19 Nigeria needs a robust Health Management Information System to handle high disease burden

Nigeria is among a few countries that conceptualised a health management information system HMIS in the early 90s but implementation has been a challenge till date. Besides COVID-19, the country has a huge burden of communicable and non-com...

Morocco COVID-19 response: A fragile health system and the deteriorating situation

Learning from its European neighbors, Morocco imposed drastic measures from the initial stages of the COVID-19 outbreak to try to contain its spread. The strategy worked for a few months but the cases have surged after mid-June. In this sit...

COVID-19: Argentina’s health system inefficiencies exaggerate flaws of health information system

You can recover from a drop in the GDP, but you cant recover from death, was the straightforward mindset of Argentinas President Alberto Fernndez and defined the countrys response to COVID-19. The South American nation imposed a strict...

Videos

Latest News

Trump to nominate Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court in White House ceremony

President Donald Trump on Saturday plans to name conservative appellate judge Amy Coney Barrett as his third U.S. Supreme Court appointment, setting off a scramble in the Republican-led Senate to confirm her before Election Day in 5-12 week...

Govt should postpone Bihar polls, focus on tackling COVID-19: Sanjay Singh

AAP MP Sanjay Singh on Saturday said the Union government should postpone the Bihar Assembly elections and instead focus on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. Singh spoke to the media at the Sadarpur village here after meeting a group of farme...

Motor racing-Fans return in Russia but F1 still a long way from normal

Formula One welcomed spectators in greater numbers than seen so far in a COVID-19 hit season at the Russian Grand Prix on Saturday, with McLarens Lando Norris describing their presence as half a step back to the way it should be. Organisers...

Farmers' 'victory', Akali Dal had to bow before their doorstep: Cong

Reacting to the Shiromani Akali Dal SAD quitting the National Democratic Alliance NDA over the farm bills issue, the Congress on Saturday said it was the victory of farmers that the Akali Dal had to bow before their doorstep and break ties ...

Give Feedback