COVID19 World Tally : How did Singapore fare?



Are we doing enough for COVID19?



During the first few weeks of COVID19, Singapore was the top country outside of China in terms of infection. There were fears that the tiny red dot had succumbed to the virus and is headed to dangerous levels. The rasing of DORSCON Orange by the government also created a frenzy run at the Supermarkets.

On top of that, masks were limited. There are advisories to wear masks only if you are well. This is to prevent unnecessary usage that might dwindle the nation's stockpile. There was also discontent that travel bans were not implemented fast enough to prevent Covid19 in Singapore.

Given the situation, naysayers have come out and preached impending doom in this tiny red dot. Yet, we somehow managed to contain the situation. Save for a day of panic buying of instant noodles and toilet rolls, calm has somewhat returned to our shores.



It has been over a month since the virus had gripped the nation. How did we actually fare?

The Big Picture

Country,
Total
New
Total
New
Active
Total
Serious,
Other
Cases
Cases
Deaths
Deaths
Cases
Recovered
Critical
China
79,826
575
2,870
35
35,131
41,825
7,365
S. Korea
3,150
813
17
1
3,109
24
10
Italy
1,128
239
29
8
1,049
50
105
Diamond Princess
705

6

689
10
36
Iran
593
205
43
9
427
123

Japan
241
8
5

204
32
20
Singapore
102
4


30
72
7
France
100
43
2

86
12
8
Hong Kong
93

2

61
30
6
Germany
79
5


63
16
2
USA
68
5
1
1
60
7
1
Spain
58
25


56
2
2
Kuwait
45



45


Thailand
42
1


14
28
2
Bahrain
41
3


41


Taiwan
39
5
1

33
5
1
Australia
25



10
15

Malaysia
25



5
20

U.K.
23
3


15
8

U.A.E.
21
2


16
5
2
Switzerland
19
4


19


Canada
16
1


12
4


Chart Source : https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/


As of 1 March, Singapore is ranked 6 in terms of people infected. On an absolute number, it ranks high due to the country's size relative to others. However, does this paint an accurate picture of the current situation?

The Real Deal - Gold Standard?


Other
Cases
Cases
Deaths
Deaths
Cases
Recovered
Critical
Country,
Total
New
Total
New
Active
Total
Serious,
China
79,826
575
2,870
35
35,131
41,825
7,365
S. Korea
3,150
813
17
1
3,109
24
10
Italy
1,128
239
29
8
1,049
50
105
Diamond Princess
705

6

689
10
36
Iran
593
205
43
9
427
123

Japan
241
8
5

204
32
20
France
100
43
2

86
12
8
Germany
79
5


63
16
2
Hong Kong
93

2

61
30
6
USA
68
5
1
1
60
7
1
Spain
58
25


56
2
2
Kuwait
45



45


Bahrain
41
3


41


Taiwan
39
5
1

33
5
1
Singapore
102
4


30
72
7
Switzerland
19
4


19


U.A.E.
21
2


16
5
2
U.K.
23
3


15
8

Thailand
42
1


14
28
2
Australia
25



10
15

Malaysia
25



5
20





  • If we look at the number in terms of active cases, Singapore now ranks 14 with only 30 active cases.
  • The recovery rate of 70% is the highest within the top 20 countries.
  • In terms of death, it is only one of the 2 countries on the top ten that does not have a single death.
  • All Imported cases from Wuhan have officially discharged from Hospital.
  • 2 Clusters Yong Thai Hang and Grand Hyatt Singapore had been cleared.



Measures that we undertake to achieve this
  • Travel Restrictions for China,  Cheongdo and Daegu
  • Compulsory LOA or Quarantine for those who had been in close contact with confirmed cases and those returning from affected countries
  • Though measures against those who flout quarantine or LOA
  • Free Medical Treatment for confirmed cases
  • PHO clinics with subsided fees for respiratory symptoms
  • Active Contact Tracing
  • Daily update on COVID19 by the Gov.sg with information on new cases. Updated status on discharged and pending cases.

These are just some measures that Singapore had undertaken. You can refer here to see the other measures that are implemented as a result of COVID19


Compared to the rest of the world. Singapore is in a good place for the moment when it comes to dealing with COVID19. Nonetheless, we should remain vigilant and not be complacent. For now, life seems to be back to normal with shopping malls filled with people.  It is assuring to see queues for restaurants,  shopping and 4d instead of Maggie Mee and Toilet Rolls.

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