Policy disparities in response to COVID-19 between Singapore and China

Xiaohan Wang, Leiyu Shi, Yuyao Zhang, Haiqian Chen, Gang Sun

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Objective: The study analyzed the common points and discrepancies of COVID-19 control measures of the two countries in order to provide appropriate coping experiences for countries all over the world. Method: This study examined the associations between the epidemic prevention and control policies adopted in the first 70 days after the outbreak and the number of confirmed cases in China and Singapore using the generalized linear model. Policy comparisons and disparities between the two countries were also discussed. Results: The regression models show that factors influencing the cumulative number of confirmed cases in China: Locking down epicenter; activating Level One public health emergency response in all localities; the central government set up a leading group; classified management of “four categories of personnel”; launching makeshift hospitals; digital management for a matrix of urban communities; counterpart assistance. The following four factors were the key influencing factors of the cumulative confirmed cases in Singapore: The National Centre for Infectious Diseases screening center opens; border control measures; surveillance measures; Public Health Preparedness Clinics launched. Conclusions: Through analyzing the key epidemic prevention and control policies of the two countries, we found that the following factors are critical to combat COVID-19: active case detection, early detection of patients, timely isolation, and treatment, and increasing of medical capabilities. Countries should choose appropriate response strategies with health equity in mind to ultimately control effectively the spread of COVID-19 worldwide.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number185
JournalInternational journal for equity in health
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Case detection
  • Control policies
  • Global health equity
  • Isolation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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