Singapore extends Covid limits due to still high cases

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Singapore – The COVID restrictions in Singapore have been extended for another four weeks. Officials announced on Wednesday after new daily cases hit a record high of 3,994 on Tuesday.

Limits such as social gathering group size restrictions and default work at home will remain in force until November 21 and will be reviewed after two weeks.

“In the current situation, we are facing a huge risk to the healthcare system,” Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said at a news conference on Wednesday.

These measures are due to take effect from September 27 to October 24, and health officials said they would revisit restrictions based on Covid circumstances.

Singapore has tightened and relaxed the rules several times this year and relaxed it according to the number of Covid cases. The government has said time and again that it wants the health care system not to be overwhelmed.

At the same press conference, Health Minister On Ye Kung said the record number of cases was likely to rise after the weekend.

On Tuesday, the health ministry said local hospitals were under “significant pressure and stress” as the number of patients in the intensive care unit rose to 71, according to official figures released on Tuesday.

According to a health ministry press release, 89% of the 1,650 isolation beds in public hospitals are occupied. Though many patients were admitted to the hospital for surveillance purposes, the release said that around 67% of the ICU beds were occupied.

“If necessary, we will open more beds in the ICU,” On said. “The next jump will be 300 beds, which will come at the cost of a further decline in normal service and general medical care.”

Health officials also encouraged people to limit their social activities, saying on Tuesday that more people visited malls and used public transport in the past week.

According to the Ministry of Health, the number of infected elderly people has risen to about 100 per day, and this group is particularly vulnerable and at great risk of becoming ill.

As of Tuesday, a total of 1,738 patients had been hospitalised, with official data showing that 338 required oxygen supplementation. Most of the cases have been asymptomatic or mild in the last 28 days.

Since the outbreak of the pandemic, 154,725 cases have been reported in Singapore, with about 84% of the population vaccinated. About 246 people died of Covid-19 in about 5.45 million Southeast Asian countries.

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