ANN/CNA – Nearly three in five “excess deaths” in Singapore during the COVID-19 pandemic were caused by the coronavirus, and the remainder were patients who had died of other illnesses within 90 days of being infected.
In a report released yesterday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said that Singapore recorded an estimated 2,490 excess deaths during the pandemic from January 2020 to June this year. Of these, 1,403 were Singapore residents who died from COVID-19.
The term “excess deaths” refers to the increased death rate during the pandemic, compared to the rate expected in the absence of a pandemic.
Two in five excess deaths were people who had died from other illnesses after being infected with the coronavirus