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COVID-19 Cases Rising in Singapore, Public Urged to Stay Vigilant

Singapore is witnessing a significant rise in COVID-19 infections, with the Ministry of Health (MOH) closely monitoring the situation. 

The estimated number of COVID-19 cases in the week of 5 to 11 May 2024 surged to 25,900. This is nearly double the 13,700 cases reported the previous week. This alarming increase has raised concerns about the COVID-19 rising in Singapore. It has prompted renewed calls for public vigilance and vaccination.

Rising Hospitalisations and ICU Cases

Hospitalisations have also seen a noticeable uptick. The average daily COVID-19 hospitalisations rising to about 250 from 181 the week before. Intensive Care Unit (ICU) cases have remained relatively stable, with an average of three cases compared to two the previous week.

The MOH has asked public hospitals to reduce non-urgent elective surgeries and move suitable patients to care facilities like Transitional Care Facilities or home-based care through Mobile Inpatient Care@Home.

Predominant Variants and Vaccination Recommendations

Globally, the JN.1 variant and its sub-lineages, including KP.1 and KP.2, remain the predominant COVID-19 strains. Locally, KP.1 and KP.2 account for over two-thirds of COVID-19 cases. The World Health Organization has classified KP.2 as a Variant Under Monitoring. However,  there is no evidence that these variants are more transmissible or cause more severe disease than other circulating strains.

Despite this, the MOH highlights the importance of vaccination in mitigating severe illness. The Ministry notes that about 80% of the local population have completed their initial or additional dose but have not received a dose within the last year, indicating waning immunity.

Importance of Staying Updated with Vaccination

The MOH strongly recommends that individuals, particularly those at higher risk of severe disease, receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine for 2024. Seniors aged 60 and above, medically vulnerable individuals, and residents of aged care facilities are especially encouraged to stay updated with their vaccinations. 

Recent data consistently demonstrates the vaccine’s effectiveness in preventing severe illness, showing that updated vaccinations reduce the risk of symptomatic COVID-19 by over 50%.

Expanded Vaccination Efforts

To make vaccinations more accessible, the MOH has expanded its network of vaccination sites. Healthier SG enrollees can now receive their COVID-19 vaccinations at approximately 250 participating clinics across the island. 

Additionally, Mobile Vaccination Teams will be deployed to heartland locations to ensure seniors can conveniently get their shots. Joint Testing and Vaccination Centres (JTVCs) will also extend their operating hours on Saturdays and the eve of public holidays until 29 June 2024.

Personal and Social Responsibility

The public is urged to exercise personal and social responsibility to curb the spread of COVID-19. This includes maintaining good personal hygiene, reducing social interactions when feeling unwell, and wearing masks in crowded areas or when symptomatic. With the June holiday season approaching, travellers are reminded to adopt relevant travel precautions.

As COVID-19 cases continue rising in Singapore, the MOH’s proactive measures and public cooperation remain crucial in managing the situation and protecting public health. The Ministry encourages everyone to stay vigilant and keep their vaccinations up to date to safeguard against severe illness. For more information on vaccination sites and to book appointments, visit the Health Appointment System at https://book.health.gov.sg/covid.

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