Singapore has achieved great success in its strategy to eliminate the Corona virus.
The “lockdown” early in the pandemic ensured the virus had been virtually eliminated, the country opened up with low death rates, and infection rates were consistently low.
With 84 percent of the population vaccinated, authorities in June chose to change the strategy. From having to kill the virus in an outbreak, to having to live with COVID-19.
In early August/September, there was an explosion of infection as the delta variant spread.
From around 50 new infections each day, the number has risen to 3,439 in the country of 5.6 million people.
Wednesday was a record day for the death toll, as 18 people died from Corona. In comparison, there were 40 deaths related to corona throughout the month of September. In total, the country has 280 deaths linked to covid-19.
At the end of September, the authorities took measures and imposed strict restrictions to curb the spread of the virus. No more than two people are allowed to meet at social events, and everyone is required to work from home.
The measures were due to last until October 24, but the ever-increasing infections are forcing authorities to continue restrictions until November 21. It was announced this week.
– Due to the increasing pressure on the health system, we unfortunately need more time to stabilize the situation. A press release issued by the authorities stated that the authorities are doing everything in their power to strengthen support for the hospitals.
according to News.com Lawrence Wood, who heads the country’s coronavirus management group, said two-thirds of intensive care units are occupied.
– We’re trying to increase capacity. It’s not just about extra beds and equipment. Our health staff is tired and overworked. It will take time, Wood said, according to the website, and at the same time there is a risk of overburdening the health system.
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