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

This may involve housing mildly sick virus patients in hotel or govt facility: 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. 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
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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 Coronavirus: Singapore will have to change strategy if cases keep rising, says WHO expert. Subscribe