Coronavirus: Singapore’s life expectancy falls for first time on record due to Covid-19 deaths
- There were 2,490 excess deaths in Singapore from January 2020 to June 2022, of which almost 60 per cent were directly caused by Covid-19
- Life expectancy at birth was 83.5 years in 2021, a drop of around two months compared with 83.7 years in 2019, data showed
Life expectancy at birth was 83.5 years in 2021, a drop of around two months compared with 83.7 years in 2019, data from the Department of Statistics showed. Life expectancy for women was 85.9 years, and 81.1 years for men, the data showed.
It’s the first time life expectancy has fallen since records were first kept in 1957, the department said.
Life expectancy at birth does not predict a person’s actual lifespan, but gives an indication of the average longevity of Singapore’s population, the spokesperson said. Life expectancy is calculated based on mortality rates over a three-year period.
There were 2,490 excess deaths in Singapore from January 2020 to June 2022, of which almost 60 per cent were directly caused by Covid-19, according to a recent report from the country’s Ministry of Health. About 40 per cent of the excess deaths were people who died of other illnesses after being infected with the coronavirus, which likely aggravated existing conditions.
The Southeast Asian nation, which touts one of the lowest Covid death rates in the world, further loosened curbs on Monday even as average daily infections rise.
It has fully lifted restrictions on non-vaccinated people in restaurants, nightlife establishments and at large events with more than 500 attendees.
Singapore will also vaccinate children aged six months to four years, with those aged five to 11 being given booster shots. It’s also rolling out bivalent vaccines as boosters for those aged 50 and older, or for people yet to achieve minimum vaccination protection.
Speaking to local media at a community event Sunday, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said Singapore is ready to step up Covid-19 measures when necessary to lower infection rates and protect the unvaccinated.