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Reporting on infections Like many nations, the Singapore government has issued a daily press release and situation report highlighting the number of new cases.2 The release of information is synchronised with the media and a number of social media channels including Facebook, Twitter, and Telegram. One key platform for dissemination is WhatsApp, which is the most widely used chat application in Singapore. Close to 20% of the population3 subscribes to regular WhatsApp updates on the number of new cases, as well as general information and reminders on safe distancing. At the beginning of the pandemic, detailed information was made publicly available about individuals who had tested positive for COVID-19—including residence block, gender, age, ethnicity, citizenship, place of work, links to other known cases, and the hospital in which they were warded.4 Over time, and as the number of cases has increased, there has been a decrease in the detail made available about these individuals. As of the end of April 2020, the information being provided on a daily basis has been pared down to age, gender, and nationality. More detailed information is provided only about individuals who work in the public healthcare sector. In the daily reports, a key distinction is also made between ‘cases in the community’ (i.e., Singaporeans, Permanent Residents, and Work Pass holders) and ‘Work Permit holders’, which primarily refers to low-wage migrant workers, most of whom live in employer-provided dormitories. Work Permit holders have been the most susceptible to testing positive for COVID-19, representing 89% of all cases in Singapore as of May 9, 2020.5 Contact tracing Singapore’s contact tracing consists of a multiple step process. First, the hospital interviews the patient to create an activity map of the previous 14 days. This activity map is sent to the Ministry of Health, which oversees contact tracing and employs teams to verify each activity map within 24 hours. They use CCTV, data analysis, interviews, Dispatches

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