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Singapore’s June dengue deaths top those from COVID-19

DPA
Bangkok
Four people have died in Singapore this month from the mosquito-borne dengue virus, according to Health Ministry data provided to The Straits Times, a local newspaper.
Meanwhile ministry statistics show that two people died in June after being infected with the novel coronavirus - which has claimed 26 lives since the first case was confirmed in Singapore in late January.
The wealthy city-state is in the midst of a dengue outbreak, with the highest-ever weekly case total recorded earlier in June, according to the National Environment Agency.
The NEA said in a statement that, though peak season for dengue usually starts in June, 12,363 cases of the disease had been recorded by June 20.
“The total number of cases this year is expected to exceed the 22,170 cases reported in 2013, the largest dengue outbreak in Singapore’s history,” the NEA said.
On June 2 Singapore ended a two-month lockdown, imposed to curb a spike in Covid-19 cases among foreign migrant workers confined to cheek-by-jowl accommodation in purpose-built dormitories.
Singapore health officials reported 202 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, taking the national total to almost 44,000, one of the highest in Asia.
But, with new reported “community” cases down to a handful a day, Singapore’s businesses have mostly reopened and the government last week announced that snap parliamentary elections will be held on July 10.
The ruling People’s Action Party (PAP) has governed since independence in 1965 and elections have largely resulted in PAP landslides.

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