How Singapore’s early Covid-19 success story lost the plot

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How Singapore’s early Covid-19 success story lost the plot

The city-state’s sudden turn in fortunes underlines the unpredictability of the virus and danger of complacency

Nicola Smith

Only last month, Singapore was being held up as a shining example of how to tackle the novel coronavirus through the efficient testing, tracing and treating of carriers. But now the city-state has the highest reported number of cases in Southeast Asia.

On Monday, confirmed infections reached a new daily record of 1,426, pushing the total number to 8,014 – a massive increase on the low 200-mark seen in mid-March.

Analysts stress the alarming spike is disproportionate to the actual risk to the 5.7-million-strong population, but Singapore’s sudden turn in fortunes reinforces the unpredictability of Covid-19 and paints a sobering picture for the long-term prospects of keeping it at bay in the absence of a vaccine...

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