Singapore, which has one of the world’s lowest fatality rates for Covid-19, at 0.2 per cent of all cases, wants to avoid excess mortality, where more patients than expected die in a year. Photo: AFP
Singapore, which has one of the world’s lowest fatality rates for Covid-19, at 0.2 per cent of all cases, wants to avoid excess mortality, where more patients than expected die in a year. Photo: AFP

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Can Singapore’s health care system cope with its biggest surge in Covid-19 infections?

  • Singapore hit a record 5,000 daily coronavirus cases last week, as hospitals face a shortage of ICU beds and staff after a rise in resignations
  • Even as it opens up its borders and risks more infections, its vaccination rate is among the world’s highest and officials say they can increase ICU capacity

Singapore, which has one of the world’s lowest fatality rates for Covid-19, at 0.2 per cent of all cases, wants to avoid excess mortality, where more patients than expected die in a year. Photo: AFP
Singapore, which has one of the world’s lowest fatality rates for Covid-19, at 0.2 per cent of all cases, wants to avoid excess mortality, where more patients than expected die in a year. Photo: AFP
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