S’pore Dengue Fever Cases Exceed 8,000 In 2022, Minister Says We’re In ‘Emergency Phase’

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Number Of Dengue Fever Cases Has Gone Far Beyond 2021’s Total Of 5,258 Cases

Amid Singapore’s battle with Covid-19, another long-standing enemy seems to have been ignored: Dengue fever.

The disease is staging a resurgence across the island this year.

So far, we’ve already recorded a massive 8,000 cases in just 4.5 months.

The situation has led a minister to say that we’re in an “emergency phase”.

Dengue fever cases climb to over 8,000

The shocking number was revealed in a Facebook post on Saturday (14 May) by Minister of State for Sustainability and the Environment Desmond Tan.

To put that in perspective, Singapore logged just 5,582 dengue cases in the whole of 2021.

We’ve now gone way beyond that figure in just 4.5 months.

The minister noted that the traditional peak dengue season is from Jun to Oct.

Since it’s now still May, that means the case number could still go higher — which is worrying, he added.

Over 2,000 dengue fever cases in 2 weeks

Just over two weeks ago on 28 Apr, Singapore had more than 6,000 cases, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA).

That means we added more than 2,000 in just two weeks.

That’s entirely possible since we had 854 in the first week of May and a whopping 1055 in the second week till 3pm on Friday (13 May) — that’s more than twice the number logged in the last week of Mar.

If this goes on, we’ll stand to break the highest weekly case count of 1,787 set in Jul 2020.

Minister declares emergency phase

On Saturday (14 May), Mr Tan visited Woodsvale Condominium in Woodlands and told The Straits Times (ST) that Singapore is seeing a “steep increase in the number of cases by the week”.

Thus, he said we’re in an “emergen...

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