Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Singapore battles to control new surge in Covid-19 cases




The tiny island state, earlier seen as a vanguard for Covid-19 containment, has now seen a recent spike in cases pushing it to the top of the list in south east Asia’s tally of total number of cases.

Singapore yesterday recorded 1,426 new COVID-19 infections, bringing its total to 8,014 (as of 9am Thai time) in a population of just 5.6 million people. It’s now exceeded Indonesia with the highest number of reported cases in south east Asia.

Just 5 weeks ago the prosperous city-state was winning plaudits as a model of successful virus containment without lockdowns. Mass testing, quick hospitalisation the infected, aggressive tracing and quarantining of anyone in contact with infected people, helped keep numbers down.

But since then there has been a new trajectory of cases. Authorities quickly responded by tightening entry restrictions and imposed a partial lockdown, and strict protocols on social distancing. The ‘second wave’ has mostly been because of a surge in transmission among foreign workers over the past two weeks. It’s mostly migrant men, working in construction or other low-paying, manual labour jobs, who stay in the dorms.

Singapore battles to control new surge in Covid-19 cases | News by Thaiger

Last week, authorities said all dormitories housing foreign workers, about 300,000 people, mostly from Bangladesh, China and India, will be under near-total lockdown. Over the weekend, the numbers kept climbing. But among the cases reported yesterday are 18 Singaporeans or permanent residents.

As one of the wealthiest per-capita nations in the world, many Singaporean businesses employ foreign workers for jobs that most Singaporeans refuse to do. Indonesian, Malaysian and Filipino maids have been working as migrant domestic workers for decades.

Singaporean PM Lee Hsien Loong says that Singapore needs time to “break the chain of transmission” in the migrant worker dormitories. He wrote that those who are ill will be taken care of.

“Fortunately, the vast majority of the cases are mild, because the workers are young.”

Singapore has recorded 11 deaths from Covid-19 so far, fewer than almost every other south east Asian country, excepting Laos and Vietnam which have both recorded 0 deaths.


Want more Thailand news from the Thaiger family?

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS for instant updates on your mobile
📝️ Join the conversation on Thaiger Talk - discuss news & life in our Thailand forums
📧 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🔔 Subscribe to or Join our YouTube channel for daily video updates


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

If you have story ideas, a restaurant to review, an event to cover or an issue to discuss, contact The Thaiger editorial staff.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Multiple Chiang Rai schools to close after infections found

Thailand2 hours ago

Woman falls off building on Pattaya’s Walking Street

Tourism4 hours ago

Refinements to the Sandbox as the countdown continues to Thailand’s reopening

Phuket Sandbox July 1st


Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in July - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages in June!

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Covid UPDATE Sunday: 3,682 new infections and 20 covid-related deaths

Coronavirus (Covid-19)15 hours ago

Dole pineapple factory has 34 new Covid-19 cases, 413 total

Coronavirus (Covid-19)17 hours ago

Chinese Sinovac vaccine debuts in Singapore to high demand

Drugs18 hours ago

Drug smuggler caught in Kalasin with 300 kg of marijuana

Politics19 hours ago

Amendment to reform Constitution rejected by Parliament

Medical20 hours ago

Gender Health Clinic opens in Bangkok for transgender needs

Coronavirus (Covid-19)23 hours ago

30 million baht added to vaccine side effects compensation fund

Coronavirus (Covid-19)24 hours ago

Plan for 16-week gap between AstraZeneca vaccines dropped

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 day ago

CCSA: 120 day reopening will proceed with conditions

Tourism1 day ago

Sandbox latest, CCSA says all regions reopening must reach 70% local vaccination

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 day ago

Covid UPDATE Saturday: 3,667 new infections and 32 deaths

Politics1 day ago

Thamanat elected to role of head ‘fixer’ in Palang Pracharat party

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism4 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand4 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism4 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8