World Coronavirus: Singapore is fighting the second wave

Coronavirus: Singapore is fighting the second wave

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Singapore is fighting the second wave

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Coronavirus precautions in Singapore

SINGAPORE – APRIL 03: Merlion Park is seen nearly empty as Singapore implements its strictest measures yet closing schools and most workplaces next week on April 03, 2020. Zakaria Zainal / Anadolu Agency | No distribution to resellers.

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Singapore has long been a role model. The city-state seemed well prepared for the corona epidemic. Few people became infected with the corona virus. But now Singapore is experiencing the so-called second wave.

SLike Hong Kong, Ingapur was previously exemplary in the fight against the corona virus. The rich city-state had built security mechanisms since the Sars outbreak in 2003. This had been neglected in many other countries. In Singapore, testing, tracking, immediate closure of the borders and digital surveillance were used.

Apparently with success. At the end of February there were only 100 infections, even though shops and service providers were still open.

Suddenly the streets in Singapore have been swept empty

Suddenly the streets in Singapore have been swept empty

Source: pa / AA / Zakaria Zainal

But now the situation is different in Singapore too. The number of infections is now 1375. Suddenly there is talk of the dreaded “second wave” that is affecting the city-state. The model of seamless tracing of infection routes has reached its limits.

The government announced that Singapore will close all of its schools and most businesses for one month. Companies would be closed from Tuesday, schools from Wednesday, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Exceptions should apply to essential service providers, such as grocery stores, supermarkets, local transport, banks and clinics.

But hairdressers are also open even if you can only spend a short time there. The people of Singapore have apparently not always taken their requests for caution seriously in the past few days. A reporter reports in the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” that many still put their heads together when they were shopping.

Fears of deterioration

Prime Minister Lee said he feared worsening given the number of infections. If there was another large infection focus, the situation could get out of control. He called on residents to stay at home and only go out to buy necessary things.

Lee also overruled the previous rule that only people who feel bad should wear a face mask. “Wearing a mask could help protect others if you have the virus but don’t know about it,” he said. As of Sunday, the government will distribute reusable mouthguards to all households.

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The city-state of Singapore has a good 5.5 million inhabitants. Six infected people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University. Recently, the number of registered infections increased by more than 50 every day, and on Sunday it was even 120 new infections.

To further alleviate the epidemic, nearly 20,000 foreign workers were quarantined in two dormitories. You are not allowed to leave the accommodations for 14 days. To date, a total of more than 90 Sars CoV-2 infections have been found in the two dormitories.

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This photo taken on March 23, 2020 shows residents cheering as members of a medical assistance team from Chongqing depart after helping with the COVID-19 coronavirus recovery effort in Yunmeng county, in Xiaogan city in China's central Hubei province. - China announced on March 24 that a lockdown would be lifted on more than 50 million people in central Hubei province where the coronavirus first emerged late last year. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

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