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Singapore’s Covid-19 Death Rate Is The Lowest In The World, Here’s Why

Singapore’s Covid-19 Death Rate Is The Lowest In The World, Here’s Why

In contrast, Malaysia’s Covid-19 death rate is currently at 1.3%.

Tasneem Nazari

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Singapore has been managing their Covid-19 outbreak pretty well, it seems. 

According to a report by international news outlet Reuters, the tiny country actually has the lowest Covid-19 death rate in the world, based on data compiled from countries with more than 1,000 cases.

They’ve had more than 57,000 positive cases recorded, with only 27 of those ending in death. This means that their Covid-19 death rate is just 0.05%. 

No one has died from Covid-19 in the past two months in Singapore.

In contrast, Malaysia has a little over 10,200 Covid-19 positive cases recorded and 130 deaths. Our death rate is still pretty low at 1.3%, but not as low as Singapore’s. 

Singapore still comes out on top when compared to other countries with similar-sized populations, such as Denmark and Finland, which both have Covid-19 death rates of around 3-4%.

Just like Malaysia, Singapore has also closed their borders, issued lockdowns, and opened exhibition centers as temporary quarantine facilities to manage transmission of the virus among their population.

However, there are a few other factors that appear to be involved in keeping their death rates low.

Majority of cases involve young adults

90% of Covid-19 cases in Singapore involve their migrant workers. (Credit: Financial Times)

According to Mothership, 90% of Covid-19 cases in Singapore are those transmitted among the foreign workforce, particularly those in the labour-intensive and construction industries who are in their 20s and 30s.

While this shouldn’t be something to be particularly proud of, it is fortunate that their community of migrant workers don’t have critical illnesses that make them a Covid-19 risk group.

Aggressive Covid-19 testing

WHO has praised Singapore for their aggressive testing. (Credit: South China Morning Post)

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has praised Singapore for their early detection of Covid-19 cases from aggressive contact tracing and testing methods.

In fact, Singapore’s testing efforts is one of the highest per capita rates globally.

Almost 900,000 people in Singapore have been tested for Covid-19. That’s more than 15% out of their 5.7 million population.

They test dormitory residents on a rostered regime, vulnerable communities such as those living in care homes, and anyone older than 13 years with signs of acute respiratory infection.


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