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Singapore hit by record dengue outbreak as Covid-19 pandemic rolls on

Saudi Press Agency

Wednesday 1441/12/15 - 2020/08/05

Bangkok, Aug 5, 2020, SPA -- Singapore has confirmed 22,403 cases of dengue this year, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA), breaking the 2013 record of 22,170 cases, according to dpa.

In a Wednesday statement, the NEA warned of worse to come as the city-state remains "in the midst of the traditional dengue season," which runs until October.

Nicknamed the "bone-breaker" due to the aches it induces, dengue fever is caused by a mosquito-borne virus and occasionally proves fatal, particularly in its relatively rare hemorrhagic form.

There have been 20 dengue-related deaths in Singapore in 2020, according to the Ministry of Health - seven fewer than the number dead after being infected with the novel coronavirus.

20:17 LOCAL TIME 17:17 GMT

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