On Wednesday, Singapore reported 356 COVID-19 cases, with 630 of these cases coming from foreign workers’ dormitories. Experts predict a tougher time for hospitals and primary care clinics as daily infections in the wealthy city-state will increase between 5,000 to 10,000.
Experts agree that the rise in infections is not surprising. However, it is unclear whether the increase is consistent with what the Multi-Ministry Task Force, (MTF), considers a steady number to continue on the road towards economic recovery, according to a Straits Times report.
Lawrence Wong, Finance Minister, co-chairs MTF. He stated that the difficulty in predicting a peak was highlighted by saying, on October 2, that there were a variety of views. Some think the current wave will peak around 5,000 daily cases, while others believe it will reach 10,000 daily infections.
“No model can accurately predict the shape of the epidemic curve over the next few weeks. Wong stated that this simply means we must be ready for all possible outcomes.
“If we can keep it below 6,000 daily cases, then we should be fine.” “I hope the United States experience with us will be repeated,” Dr Leong Hoe Nam, an infectious disease specialist at the Rophi Clinic at Mount Elizabeth Novena, said to the daily. He said that the hospital load will determine how fast Singapore reopens.
Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang is an infectious disease expert at NUS Saw Swee Hock Schools of Public Health. He said that local and international data have shown that current COVID-19 vaccinations are less effective at preventing infections after several months, particularly when compared to the Delta variant.
“This is why we are seeing an increase in cases, even though approximately 83% of our population has received both doses. Hsu stated that while this does not mean that we should stop opening up, it does mean that we need to take precautions to ensure our hospitals and primary healthcare clinics are not overwhelmed.
“If the situation gets worse, regular medical services could be compromised. This could be catastrophic. The Ministry of Health (MOH), therefore, is taking a preventive approach to building community treatment facilities. Leong stated that hospitals will again be heated if they become overwhelmed by these facilities.
Singapore’s approach to the pandemic is to test, trace, and vaccinate. While more than 80 percent of the population has been fully vaccinated and booster shots are being given to patients over 50, the number continues to rise.
The COVID-19 Treatment Center was established by the Ministry of Health (MOH), in anticipation of an increase in demand. It is designed to treat and manage older patients who are stable, mildly symptomsatic, clinically healthy, but have some underlying chronic diseases or comorbidities.
Wednesday’s report included the reports of 3,577 cases, including 630 migrants living in dormitories and 15 immigrants. According to the MOH, the total number of cases in Singapore is now at 113,381. 133 people have died from the disease. Three of these were unvaccinated women in Singapore, aged between 68-102.