People walk and bicycles on a bridge leading away from Merlion statue in the Marina Bay area of Singapore on Saturday, May 22, 2021.
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SINGAPORE — Singapore has refrained from tightening social-distance measures, even though the highly contagious delta variant has caused Covid-19 cases up sharp, as the country shifts to one term strategy of living with the coronavirus.
“This fast and exponential rise in daily infections die we are experiencing now is what every country is trying to do live with Covid-19 has to go through at some point,” said minister of Public Health Ong Ye Kung on a media briefing Friday.
Singapore has one of the highest vaccination coverage worldwide, with 81% of the population fully vaccinated, according to data from the Ministry of Health. have fallen rising fast, of an average of 76 a day two weeks ago to 288 a day in the past week, the ministry said: in a statement from Friday.
At the current trajectory, the number of cases can soon Reaching 1,000 a day is it added.
But the number of severe cases has remained low. if of Thursday there were 26 cases of severe disease die oxygen supplementation required and seven critical cases in intensive care units, the health ministry said.
Nevertheless, the city-state wants to limit the number of deaths from Covid and avoid hospitals are overwhelming, said Ong. That’s why the government won’t open up the economy further for now, added the minister.
“Virtually every country that has experienced this kind” of transmission wave has suffered from hospital collapses and high death toll – we want until avoid that,” said Approx. Hey added that if the country can achieve that, it does not have to return to a “long, hard Lock down.”
Singapore’s government has tightened and relaxed various measures times since May when the highly contagious delta variant spreads in the country. It started to relax measures last month, including allowing larger groups to gather and dine-in at food and beverage outlets.
But earlier this week, the government announced a ban on workplace meetings and more aggressive testing to “detect and shield” cases more fast. It also encouraged people limit social meetings in the next several weeks.
the Singapore government said Friday it will allow more infected people who are fully vaccinated to recover from home, provided they meet certain criteria. That includes having mild symptoms and the ability being isolated from the rest of household.
Singapore will also reduce the quarantine period for people locally exposed to the coronavirus, in view of the shorter incubation time of the delta variant.
Singapore has reported that total of more more than 70,000 confirmed Covid cases and 57 deaths since the begin of last yearthe Ministry of Health said.
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