Recent uptick in Covid-19 cases not a new wave, no adjustments to measures needed: Ong Ye Kung

Singaporeans do not have to worry that there will be any adjustments to current safe management measures. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG

SINGAPORE - The recent uptick in Covid-19 cases in Singapore is not a new wave, said Minister of Health Ong Ye Kung on Thursday (May 12).

As a result, Singaporeans do not have to worry that there will be any adjustments to current safe management measures (SMMs).

Mr Ong said: "With strong resilience to the virus due to vaccinations and recovery from past infections, we should be able to see through this uptick of cases, without any adjustments to current SMMs."

In an update published on his Facebook page on Thursday, Mr Ong also said the current spike is an understandable consequence of the relaxation in SMMs since April 26.

Since the changes took place, residents do not have to wear masks outdoors and there is no cap to the number of visitors to a house, among other things.

These changes also came alongside the reduction of the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition level, which indicates the current situation, from orange to yellow.

On Thursday, Singapore recorded 3,645 new cases, compared to 3,890 cases on Wednesday. The weekly infection growth rate also returned to 1.49, the same as on Tuesday. It was 1.76 on Wednesday.

The rate refers to the ratio of community cases for the past week over those in the week before. A rate of more than 1 shows the number of new weekly Covid-19 cases is increasing. The rate stood at 0.82 last Thursday.

Mr Ong also said most current Covid-19 cases now have mild symptoms and recover uneventfully at home.

"Singapore's hospitals and ICUs are not currently seeing a rise of severe Covid-19 cases," he added.

On Thursday, there were 265 patients in hospital, including 30 who need oxygen support and 7 in intensive care. A week ago on May 5, there were 231 patients who were hospitalised, which included 18 who needed oxygen support, and 6 in the ICU.

But he said the government will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Mr Ong said: "Things can change very quickly, especially if a new variant was to emerge."

He added: "Even as we enjoy this period of respite, we must not let our guard down and should continue to exercise personal and social responsibility at all times."

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