Health Editor’s Note: Just as we have known all along, during this pandemic, people who are infected with COVID-19 may have no symptoms of being ill, but still spread the virus. Singapore is seeing that half of their newer cases have no symptoms…Carol
Exclusive: Half of Singapore’s new COVID-19 cases are symptomless, taskforce head says
by John Geddie/Reuters
SINGAPORE (Reuters) – At least half of Singapore’s newly discovered coronavirus cases show no symptoms, the co-head of the government’s virus taskforce told Reuters on Monday, reinforcing the city-state’s decision to ease lockdown restrictions very gradually.
Tiny Singapore has one of the highest infection tallies in Asia, with more than 38,000 cases, because of outbreaks in cramped dormitories housing thousands of migrant workers.
It reopened schools and some businesses last week after a near two-month lockdown, but many residents are still required to work from home and mix socially only with their families.
“Based on our experience, for every symptomatic case you would have at least one asymptomatic case,” said Lawrence Wong, adding that the discovery was made in recent weeks as Singapore ramped up testing.
“That is exactly why we have been very cautious in our reopening plans,” Wong said.
Singapore has not previously disclosed how many asymptomatic cases it has recorded. Wong did not reveal the number of asymptomatic cases in Singapore, which has reported 6,294 infections in the last two weeks, mainly among migrant workers.
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