The MOH website is the authoritative source of information about the current COVID-19 situation in Singapore, but it's not exactly machine-readable.

It doesn't seem like there's any official API either. For those trying to build their own dashboard or crunch some data, it might look like you have no choice but to do some data entry, scrape HTML or get data from a third-party source.

However, the MOH site also links to a more interactive COVID-19 Situation Dashboard hosted on ArcGIS Online which is a JavaScript application that makes requests to a JSON API:

Singapore COVID-19 Situation Dashboard

After a bit of poking around, I was able to find this:

$ curl '*&orderByFields=Case_ID%20desc&resultOffset=0&resultRecordCount=1' | jq '.features[0].attributes'
  % Total    % Received % Xferd  Average Speed   Time    Time     Time  Current
                                 Dload  Upload   Total   Spent    Left  Speed
100  6362  100  6362    0     0  22167      0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 22167
  "Case_ID": 879,
  "Case_Count": "Case 879",
  "Cluster": "0",
  "Current_Lo": "CGH",
  "PHI": "0",
  "Imported_o": "Local",
  "Place": "Singapore",
  "Age": 26,
  "Gender": "M",
  "Nationalit": "Singapore Citizen",
  "Status": "Hospitalised",
  "Date_of_Co": 1585526400000,
  "Date_of_Di": null,
  "Region_201": "0",
  "PlanningAr": "0",
  "POST_CODE": 0,
  "LONG": 0,
  "LAT": 0,
  "TOT_COUNT": 0,
  "UPD_AS_AT": "As of 30 March 2020, 1200h",
  "CASE_PENDG": 0,
  "CASE_NEGTV": 0,
  "Confirmed": 879,
  "DISCHARGE": 228,
  "DEATH": 3,
  "Suspct_Cas": 0,
  "Tot_NonICU": 401,
  "Tot_ICU": 19,
  "Tot_Impotd": 487,
  "Tot_local": 392,
  "PLAC_VISTD": "0",
  "RES_LOC": "0",
  "RESPOSTCOD": 228,
  "DT_CAS_TOT": 1585526400000,
  "CNFRM_CLR": "royalblue",
  "Case_total": 420,
  "Prs_rl_URL": "",
  "ObjectId": 5752

Each element in the features array represents a COVID-19 case in Singapore. By changing the value of the resultRecordCount query parameter, it's possible to fetch data for all cases.

For some reason, every element also contains the latest value of key statistics such as total, active, recovered, imported and local cases:

  • Active cases: Case_total
  • Hospitalised stable: Tot_NonICU
  • Hospitalised critical: Tot_ICU
  • Discharged to isolation: RESPOSTCOD
  • Deaths: DEATH
  • Discharged: DISCHARGE
  • Total imported: Tot_Impotd
  • Total local: Tot_local
  • Confirmed cases: Confirmed

I wonder how the naming scheme came about.


It's possible that the Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) may also expose a similar API but for global data, but I didn't look into it.