Singapore: COVID-19 Cases Skyrocket as Health Response Ignores “Forgotten” Foreign Labor

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Singapore has paid a heavy price because its thinking on public health and COVID-19 management did not integrate the migrant population from the start. (Asian Development Bank)

Singapore now has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Southeast Asia, at 11,178, as of April 23. The daily coronavirus infection rate reached a new high of 1,426 as I write. Just over a month ago, Singapore, with 5.7 million people living in the limited space of 447 square miles, was praised for its response to the pandemic.

My city-state of Singapore is known for its world-class health system, public housing, infrastructure and effective governance. The government and our public institutions learned from their coordinated, collective response to the SARS epidemic of 2003, and the situation seemed fully under…

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