Use case: Coronavirus crisis in Singapore

Use case: Coronavirus crisis in Singapore

According to the John Hopkins’ University, Singapore has currently almost 28,000 of cases of infection with COVID-19 (Source: John Hopkins’ Coronavirus Resource Center).

The country was praised for its quick action against the spread of the virus. Singapore introduced strict travel restrictions and had highly effective contact-tracing operation (Source: BBC).

 

 

 

Even though the country’s strong initial measures, the number of confirmed cases of infection has risen in the recent days. Singapore started to have problems in the middle of March as many citizens returned to Singapore from abroad. It was mandatory for them to stay at home for self-quarantine, although their family members were not required to stay at home. Country has implemented high fees to those who break their self-quarantine or leave their home for unessential activities (Source: BBC).

Many of the infections were linked to Singapore’s migrant worker population, which is required by law to live in dormitories that accommodate up to 12 men per room (Source: BBC). Due to the high number of cases in these dormitories, Singapore quarantined 20,000 migrant workers (Source: BBC).

The top 5 most influential Twitter profiles posting about Singapore and COVID-19 during the week from the 8th to the 15th of April are listed below.

Entities which were mentioned together during the week from the 9th to the 16th of April in the context of COVID-19 and Singapore are features on the right. The red line indicates negative sentiment.

There is a visible cluster of European countries, China and the USA and many profiles connected to the outbreak (Crisis, Casualties, Lockdown, Hospital, Patient, etc.). It is possible to observe that Singapore was not as much mentioned together with other COVID-19-related topics compared to other countries. This is possibly due to Singapore’s initial success in containing the pandemic on its territory.

These four tweets informing about COVID-19 and Singapore were the ones that could have reached the most Twitter users in the week from the 8th to the 15th of April.

The tweet which could have reached the most Twitter users was created by Reuters. It was retweeted 139 times and generated 13 replies, out of which 42% showed negative sentiment, 42% neutral, 8% positive and 8% was identified as having mixed sentiment.

The second tweet with the highest potential reach was also created by Reuters and informs about the increasing number of cases of infection in Singapore.

  • Despite country’s successful initial measures, the number of confirmed cases of infection has risen in the recent days.
  • Many of the infections were linked to Singapore’s migrant worker population, which is required by law to live in dormitories that accommodate up to 12 men per room. Due to the high number of infections in dormitories, Singapore quarantined 20,000 migrant workers.
  • Top 3 Twitter influencers tweeting about Singapore and COVID-19 include The New York Times, Bloomberg and Reuters.
  • Two tweets which could have reached the most Twitter users were created by Reuters and inform about the high number of new cases in the country.

 

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