“At the current situation, we face considerable risk of the healthcare system being overwhelmed,” hy het bygevoeg.
Singapore had previously announced in June it would be abandoning its zero-Covid strategy in favor of a new plan to live with the virus
. The shift was possible thanks to the country’s high vaccination rates
, which are among the best in the world
As of October 19, 84% of Singapore’s population had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, en 85% had received at least one dose, according to the Ministry of Health.
Egter, in late September
, Singapore was forced to postpone its relaxation of restrictions amid a surge of cases caused by the highly contagious Delta variant.
The new curbs, bekend as die “Stabilisation Phase”, came into effect on September 27 and were originally scheduled to end October 24. Under these measures, social gatherings are capped to a maximum of two, and workers are encouraged to stay at home.
The extended restrictions will be reviewed at the two-week mark, the Ministry of Health said, and will be adjusted based on the Covid-19 community situation.
Oor die verlede 28 dae, 98.7% of local infected cases were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms, en net 0.1% had to go into intensive care (ICU), die nuusberig gesê.
Van die 3,862 new coronavirus infections identified Wednesday, 630 were linked to migrant worker dormitories, the ministry said. The remaining cases were almost entirely among the local community.
Singapore’s overall death toll from the pandemic now stands at 264, the ministry said.
The ministry also warned there were still a high number of infections among unvaccinated citizens over age 60.
“Oor die verlede 5 dae, the number of infections amongst this group averaged 127 per dag”, the ministry said, adding senior citizens over 60 accounted for two-thirds of the total patients in ICU.