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More protection for seniors to come; Singaporeans to stay home even as some businesses resume operations on May 12

Amala Balakrishner
Amala Balakrishner5/8/2020 08:58 PM GMT+08  • 6 min read
More protection for seniors to come; Singaporeans to stay home even as some businesses resume operations on May 12
“Let's also focus on doing everything we can to protect seniors because they are the most vulnerable group,” said Minister Lawrence Wong.
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SINGAPORE (May 8): All staff and residents of Singapore’s 80 nursing homes will undergo testing for the coronavirus as part of the government’s bigger goal to keep seniors safe amid the health pandemic.

This comes as seniors — defined as persons aged 60 and above — have shown to be more susceptible to the virus, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Friday. Citing recent data, he points out that one in six seniors who had contracted the coronavirus here developed severe symptoms and required intensive care.

Furthermore, 90% of the 20 Covid-19 deaths reported here have been among seniors. This is comparable to the 80% of global Covid-19 deaths that seniors make up, notes Gan at a press conference by the multi-ministry taskforce handling the pandemic.

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