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More than 18,000 beds have been created for Covid-19 as virus cases near 15,000

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Bloomberg4/29/2020 09:19 AM GMT+08  • 2 min read
More than 18,000 beds have been created for Covid-19 as virus cases near 15,000
Singapore is in the process of scaling up medical facilities by adding capacity at isolation wards and intensive care units as the confirmed number of virus cases nears 15,000, making it Asia’s most-infected nation after China and India.
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(Apr 29): Singapore is in the process of scaling up medical facilities by adding capacity at isolation wards and intensive care units as the confirmed number of virus cases nears 15,000, making it Asia’s most-infected nation after China and India.

More than 18,000 beds have been created for isolation and medical care needs, Singapore Armed Forces Director of Joint Operations, Brigadier-General David Neo told reporters at a briefing on Tuesday. Another 23,000 are in the pipeline.

Singapore, which reported 528 new cases on Tuesday, is grappling with a rise in the number of infections among migrant workers living in often cramped dormitories after initially being lauded for its response in the early months. Of the total number of infections in the city-state an overwhelming majority are now among the community of foreign low-wage workers.

See also: Why Singapore now has the highest number of recorded Covid-19 infections in SEA

Existing hospital facilities have been re-purposed to create new capacity in isolation wards and intensive care units. Public hospitals have postponed non-urgent elective procedures to ensure that there is available hospital capacity to care for Covid-19 patients.

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