Coronavirus: Singapore will have to change strategy if cases keep rising, says WHO expert

Singapore has been ahead of the curve for several weeks now, freeing up capacity so that it could hospitalise every Covid-19 case.
Singapore has been ahead of the curve for several weeks now, freeing up capacity so that it could hospitalise every Covid-19 case.ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH
Professor Dale Fisher, who chairs the World Health Organisation's Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, warned that if hospitals get overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients, more people will die, as in the case in Wuhan and now in Italy. ST PHOTO: ALP
Professor Dale Fisher, who chairs the World Health Organisation's Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, warned that if hospitals get overwhelmed by Covid-19 patients, more people will die, as in the case in Wuhan and now in Italy. ST PHOTO: ALPHONSUS CHERN

This may involve housing mildly sick virus patients in hotel or govt facility: WHO expert

Hospitals everywhere have been rushing to free up beds because when they get overwhelmed by spikes in coronavirus cases - as was the case in Wuhan, China, and now in Italy - it inevitably leads to people dying in droves.

Singapore has been ahead of the curve for several weeks now, freeing up capacity so that it could hospitalise every Covid-19 case.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 21, 2020, with the headline 'S'pore will have to change strategy if cases keep rising'. Print Edition | Subscribe