Although 82 per cent of the population has been vaccinated, Singaporean authorities chose to tighten measures at the start of this week.
The background is a wave of infection cases. Authorities are concerned about the development – despite the fact that the majority of those infected have mild or no symptoms.
On Friday, Singapore recorded 2,909 cases – the highest since the start of the epidemic. On the same day, eight people died as a result of infection with the virus. writes news agency Reuters.
In September, 40 coronavirus-related deaths were recorded in the country. That’s nearly half of the country’s total of 95 deaths.
Alex Cook, an infection modeling expert at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, expects the country to reach 10,000 cases per day within two weeks. Writes South China Morning Newspaper.
However, he believes that it is nothing to worry about per se. On the contrary, he is calling for a reduction in mass testing activity in the country.
Cook told the Hong Kong-based newspaper that extensive testing was appropriate early in the pandemic.
– Nowadays, however, one could argue that we experience a lot, he says.
Mass testing could be an effective tool if it leads to the isolation of people with mild symptoms, according to Cook. However, if it results in an unnecessary large influx to the hospital, it could cost more than what it tastes like, he thinks.
On Monday, new Corona measures went into effect in the country. Lasts until October 24, according to Reuters. No more than two people are allowed to meet at social events, and everyone is required to work from home.
On Thursday, seniors – vaccinated or not – were encouraged to stay home, and only go out for absolutely necessary activities for the next four weeks. The call came after an increase in deaths among the elderly in the country.
– Increase exponentially
Until last month, Singapore avoided deploying the delta variant, according to NTB.
then turned around. And the country’s Ministry of Health announced, on Thursday, that more than 28 thousand cases of infection were recorded within 28 days, according to what he reported CNBC.
98.1 percent had mild or no symptoms. 0.1 percent died.
A total of 1,360 coronavirus patients were admitted on Thursday, 204 of whom were in critical condition and had to be treated with oxygen. 34 people were admitted to the intensive care unit. In total, the country has recorded 95,000 cases of infection.
– Daily cases began to rise dramatically as of the end of August 2021. Although the number of critically ill people – those who need oxygen therapy and intensive care – is within what we expected, the number of people with mild symptoms has increased dramatically large quickly.
books Singapore’s Ministry of Health In a statement issued on September 24, regarding the new measures.
This has been a burden on the health service as a whole, on emergency preparedness and on our health workers, as many people with coronavirus with mild symptoms seek medical treatment in our hospitals, even when it is not necessary, it is publicized.
Propose a new course
Ashley St John, associate professor at Duke-NUS Medin School in Singapore, is among those advocating a reassessment of the country’s anti-coronavirus strategy.
She stressed that infection control measures such as distance restrictions can be effective in countering infection.
“But we have to start changing the way we think: from a strategy of restriction and exclusion, to living with the virus in our community – with measures that make infection less dangerous for those infected,” she told CNBC Friday.
Saint John is not alone. The opposition Singapore Democratic Party is among those who have criticized the authorities’ handling of the pandemic in the country.
“In theory, the government is moving away from a ‘non-spread strategy,’ but it is a bit reluctant to act,” party chairman Paul Tambia told CNBC.
– Requires resources
Tabih is also an infectious disease expert and pioneer Asia Pacific Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infection (I smile).
The party has proposed an alternative strategy, calling, among other things, to stop testing people who are asymptomatic and are vaccinated other than to detect infection – as well as repeal many restrictions.
The aim is to ensure that health services are able to focus their resources on the vulnerable and seriously ill.
“One of our concerns is that many asymptomatic individuals are being tested, many shutdowns are underway and this requires resources that should have been ideally focused on patients,” says Tambih.
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