Singapore reported its highest total of one-day Covid cases in over a year, with 837 cases recorded on Tuesday.
In response to the growing epidemic, the government has suspended reopening plans and reimposed some restrictions.
As of Tuesday, a total of 809 people were hospitalized. Of these, 75 were seriously ill and needed oxygen, and nine were in intensive care. The majority of severe patientsmentally ill were over 66 years old, according to the ministry of Health .
Eighty-one percent of the The entire population is fully vaccinated - out of the age of 12, it is 90% - and the number of critically ill patients is quite low overall. According to the Ministry of Health, only four people have died in the past 28 days, all unvaccinated.
However, the number of seriously ill people is increasing. The number of patients requiring oxygen doubled to 54 on Sunday from two days earlier, an important indicator in judging whether the medical system could be overwhelmed.
" In the last 28 days, the percentage of local cases with asymptomatic or mild symptoms is 98.1%. Of the 114 cases that required oxygen supplementation, 56 were not fully vaccinated and 58 were fully vaccinated. Of the eight who had been in intensive care, five were not fully vaccinated and three were fully vaccinated ", the ministry wrote in its update on Tuesday.
Lawrence Wong, finance minister and co-chair of the coronavirus task force, said last week that a key indicator for determining reopening movements would be the number of patients in the units of intensive care over the next two to four weeks.
Currently, there are 300 intensive care beds available, which could be upgraded to 1,000. If the numbers remain manageable, the country will resume its reopening plans, atil declared.
The Department of Health has also banned social gatherings at workplaces in response to clusters detected in staff canteens.
The new outbreak is being watched by other countries which have managed to keep the number of cases relatively low throughout the pandemic. The Australian Prime Minister said in July that an 80% vaccination rate (of the eligible population - not the total population) would herald the end of statewide coronavirus lockdowns.
Dale Fisher, professor at Singapore National University Hospital specializing in infectious diseases, told ABC Monday that the cases were "overall very mild " in vaccinated Singaporeans.
"NouIt's sort of groped, but it's clear you can't just open the doors and say the vaccine will take care of us. It takes more than that, "he said.
" In Singapore, it's really about people getting to know the number of cases and realize that the increase in the number of cases does translate into a significant increase in the number of hospitals, serious illnesses and deaths, "he said.
"Obviously you've been telling the public for a year and a half. half now: "Don't catch Covid", but now the vaccinations meant "We sing a different song" and try to slow the infections.
He has added that although immunization rates were high, at least 500,000 people were still unvaccinated, which can "wreak havoc on your health system". Australia would have the sameConcerns when she reached 80% vaccinations, he said. The state of New South Wales, which is the center of the current outbreak in Australia, reached an 80% first dose rate on Wednesday.
In China, Putian, a city of 3.2 million, ordered testing of all residents on Tuesday after Delta variant cases linked to a Singapore returnee turned into a nationwide epidemic. province of more than 100 people .
Singapore is now considering a third injection for young adults and may start immunizing children early next year. This week it will begin reminders for the elderly and immunocompromised groups.
"While offering reminders to people, including young adults, Singapore eis able to ease its restrictions faster, especially when it comes to reopening Singapore's s, then this may be an existential decision that the government is forced to make, ”said Teo Yik Ying, Dean of the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore.
- with Reuters