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Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong offer successful strategies, at least so far, in the fight against the pandemic. But they use the tactics that the US and Europe may not be able to replicate

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SINGAPORE -. Two hours. That’s all the time the medical team in Singapore is given to reveal the first details about how the patient contracted out and which people they might infect.

Do they travel abroad? Do they have a link to one of five groups identified transmission across the country town? Are they cough on someone on the street? Its friends and their family, friends and partners of their drinking in prayer?

As the struggle of Western countries with strategies of Singapore, moved quickly to track and test suspected cases, provide a model for keeping the epidemic at bay, even if it is not able to completely eradicate the infection

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with detailed detective work, tracking government contacts found, among others, a group of avid singer who sung and respiratory droplets expelled together, spreading the virus to their families and then to the gym and a church -. forming the largest concentration of cases in Singapore

“We want to stay one or two steps ahead of the virus,” said Vernon Lee, director of the division of infectious diseases at the Ministry of Health of Singapore. “If you catch a virus, you will always be behind the curve.”

Singapore, along with Taiwan and Hong Kong, offering a successful approach, at least so far on fighting and killing at least 7,300 worldwide. Although hit by the virus last month, three Asians has recorded only a handful of deaths and relatively few cases, even though they continue to face risks as those of the developing world hot spots in the United States, Europe and elsewhere bring the virus with them.

Early intervention is key. So painstaking tracking, enforced quarantine and social distancing meticulous -. All are coordinated by the leadership is willing to act swiftly and transparently

In Singapore, the details of where patients live, work and play is released quickly online, allowing others to protect themselves. Close contacts of patients quarantined to limit the spread. The government reinforced its border this week to protect against the new wave of imported infection.

Some of this lesson too late for and Europe, where contagion tantrum because some governments.

and alert system in Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong monitoring built over the years, after their failure to stop another outbreak of a dangerous – SARS – 17 years ago. United States disbanded the pandemic response unit in 2018.

There is also the question of how to emulate this model of the centers of the smaller Asian countries large West where people may be inflammation in utilizing C.C.T.V. camera or immigration records for the nation’s health. Disease control infringe on individual liberties, and places like Singapore, which once banned chewing gum, more willing to accept government orders.

“Maybe because our Asian context, but our society is primed for this sort,” said Lalitha Kurupatham, deputy director of the division of infectious diseases in Singapore. “We will continue to fight, because isolation and quarantine work.”

Rich and orderly, Singapore has spent years building a public health system that includes a designated clinic for epidemics and official messages urged people to wash their hands or sneeze into tissues during the flu season. Infectious Diseases Act gives states and cities across the latitude to prioritize public interest over privacy issues.

“During times of peace, we are planning for an epidemic like this,” said Ms Kurupatham.

As the leader of the Singapore contact tracing program, he has been working 16 hours a day for two months, and his depiction of the war against disease is a function of susceptibility to infectious diseases. A small red dot on the map of the world, Singapore is a densely populated island where every international flight.

In the early days of the outbreak, Singapore is highly vulnerable to large populations of mainland Chinese people arriving during the Lunar New Year holiday.

dozens of confirmed cases in Singapore in January reflects the extensive testing and freely available. Many mild cases that should have been eroded undiagnosed. However, Singapore ran to stem the possibility of runicLocal transmission method.

“To Italy, Korea and Iran occurs, Singapore is the worst out of China,” said Linfa Wang, director of emerging infectious disease program at the Duke-National University of Singapore Medical School. “Why do not we feel like it? Because the government is very transparent and therefore the amount of means we are highly effective in tracking down and isolate every case. “

For all the panic broke out in other places, most Singaporeans do not wear a mask out, because the government has told them that not necessary for their safety. Most schools are still running, albeit at lunch time staggered to avoid large crowds. There is plenty of toilet paper.

On Tuesday night, Singapore has 266 confirmed cases. Only a small part of the mystery, was canceled for traveling abroad recently or previously identified local clusters, which include churches and private dinners.

Nearly 115 patients have been discharged from the hospital. Singapore has recorded no deaths from coronavirus.

When rumors of a mysterious respiratory virus began circulating in China in the early years, Singapore moved quickly. It was one of the first countries which prohibit all travelers from the Chinese mainland, starting late January. Thermal scanners measure the temperature of all who come into the country.

In a country of 5.7 million people, Singapore rapidly expanding capacity to test more than 2,000 people per day for the coronavirus. In Washington State, one of the hardest hit places in the United States, a common laboratory aims to process 400 samples a day.

Free Testing in Singapore, such as medical care for all the locals. Singapore has 140 trackers contact with the history of each patient’s case, along with the police and the security services do work leather shoes.

After weeks of investigation and use of new antibody test that can detect a person who has recovered, health officials are able to bind two church group of 33 people for the Lunar New Year dinner was attended by members of both congregations. People who transmitted the disease between the two churches never show serious symptoms.

Close contacts of patients included compulsory quarantine to stop further spread. Nearly 5,000 have been isolated. Those who avoid the quarantine order could face criminal charges.

All of the patients were tested for pneumonia in Singapore coronavirus. So are people who are terminally ill. positive cases have been identified at the airport, at government clinics and, most commonly, through contact tracing.

Singapore epidemic regimen established by the SARS outbreak in 2003, when 33 people died out of 238 confirmed cases. As in Hong Kong, medics were among the victims in Singapore. population

Hong Kong dead weight of SARS, nearly 300 people, has been pushed in the China region semiautonomous for muscle training vestigial disease prevention this time around, even as local authorities initially hesitant about whether to close the border with Chinese mainland. Almost everyone, it seems, began to squirt hand sanitizer. Malls and offices set up thermal scanners.

“The most important thing is that the people of Hong Kong have deep memories of the SARS outbreak,” said Kwok Ka-ki, a lawmaker in Hong Kong who is also a doctor. “Every citizen has to do their part, including wearing masks and wash their hands and take the necessary precautions, such as avoiding crowded places and meetings.”

The Hong Kong government has finally caught up to caution the public. PNS ordered to work from home, encourage more companies to follow suit. Schools were closed in January, until at least the end of April.

Taiwan to act more quickly. Such as Hong Kong and Singapore, Taiwan associated with direct flights to Wuhan, China town where the virus is believed to have originated. Taiwan national health command center, which was established after the SARS killed 37 people, started ordering screening passengers from Wuhan in late December even before Beijing admitted that the coronavirus was spread among humans.

“Having learned our lesson from SARS, as soon as the outbreak began, we adopted a whole-of-government approach,” said Joseph Wu, Taiwan’s foreign minister. low

at the end of January, Taiwan has been suspended from China, even though the World Health Organization advises against it. The government also embrace big data, integrating its natIonal health insurance databases with customs and immigration information to track potential cases, said Jason Wang, director of the Center for Policy, Outcomes and Prevention at Stanford University. When the case of the coronavirus found in after a stop in Taiwan, a text message is sent to any phone in the island, a list of each of the restaurants, attractions and destinations that passengers had visited during their shore leave.

Tuesday, Taiwan has recorded 77 cases of coronavirus, though critics worry that not enough testing area. Students return to school in late February.

With a new wave of surging worldwide virus, health officials in the three local communities are getting ready to fight again.

On Tuesday, the government of Hong Kong, where only 157 cases have been confirmed, announced a mandatory 14-day quarantine on all travelers from abroad starting this weekend.

Taiwan would require self-quarantine for arrivals from 20 countries and three American states.

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong of Singapore warned last week that the country’s caseload will increase sharply. Singapore announced a new coronavirus patient 23 on Tuesday, the highest one-day tally, with 17 imported cases.

The city-state has limited its borders further. Immigrants from Southeast Asia and parts of Europe now have to undergo a 14-day self-quarantine.

“This world is only as good as the weakest link,” said Dr. Lee, head of the infectious diseases division of Singapore. “Diseases do not respect borders.”

Chris Horton contributed reporting from Taipei, Taiwan, and Elaine Yu of Hong Kong.

Updated March 17, 2020

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