Covid-19 restrictions in Singapore will be extended for another month after the city-state reported 18 additional fatalities from the illness on Wednesday, the number of deaths during the epidemic was the city-greatest state. Singapore’s Ministry of Health said on Thursday that existing restrictions will be extended until November 21 in order to assist keep case numbers under control, which had increased by more than 3,800 cases on Wednesday.
Singapore Has Tightened Restrictions After Reporting The Greatest Number Of Covid In A Single Day
Unfortunately, given the ongoing strains on our healthcare system, more time is required for the situation to stabilize, according to the ministry’s statement, which also said that hospitals were prepared for “a prolonged, high patient load” in the coming months.
A government statement said that “(the ministry) is doing all we can to assist and strengthen the hospitals.”According to Lawrence Wong, co-chair of the Covid-19 committee, medical personnel in Singapore are “stressed and tired.” Given the present state of affairs, there is a significant danger of the healthcare system being overwhelmed,” he said.
Previously, Singapore stated in June that it would be abandoning its zero-Covid policy in favor of a new strategy that would allow it to coexist with the virus. In part, this change was made possible by the country’s very high immunization rates, which are among the highest in the world.
According to the Ministry of Health, as of October 19, 84 percent of Singapore’s population had been completely immunized against Covid-19, and 85 percent had gotten at least one dose of the vaccine.
On the other hand, Singapore was compelled to postpone the removal of limitations in late September due to an increase in cases caused by the extremely infectious Delta form of the virus.
The new restrictions, referred to as the “Stabilization Phase,” went into force on September 27 and were initially slated to expire on October 24 but were extended to October 24. Social gatherings are limited to a maximum of two people under these conditions, and employees are urged to remain at their places of employment.
The Ministry of Health said that the prolonged limitations would be evaluated at the two-week mark and that they would be modified in accordance with the Covid-19 community scenario.
According to the press release, during the previous 28 days, 98.7 percent of locally infected patients were asymptomatic or had minor symptoms, with just 0.1 percent requiring admission to the intensive care unit (ICU) for treatment.
According to the Ministry of Health and Human Services, 630 of the 3,862 new coronavirus illnesses discovered on Wednesday were connected to migrant worker dorms. Nearly all of the remaining instances were from members of the local community.
264 people have died in Singapore as a result of the epidemic, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. A significant incidence of illnesses among unvaccinated people over the age of 60, according to the ministry, continues to be a problem.”
Over the previous 5 days, the number of infections within this category averaged 127 each day,” the ministry said, noting that elderly people over 60 accounted for two-thirds of the total number of patients in intensive care units (ICUs).