People wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore.
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SINGAPORE — Singapore reported more than 1,000 Covid cases for two consecutive days over the weekend —the first time infections have crossed that level since April 2020, at its peak of the pandemic.
The Southeast Asian country confirmed 1,009 new infections on Saturday, and 1.012 new cases on Sunday, according to data from the Ministry of Health.
That’s the highest number since April 23 last year. At that time, majority of Singapore cases have been detected in dormitories for migrant workers. infections hit An record high of 1,426 on Apr 20, 2020.
Authorities have distanced themselves from new limits in recent weeks, and ministers warned earlier that Covid cases would increase past 1,000 if the country wants live with the virus. The approach stands in contrast met the government is rather strategy, where the measures were tightened with cases in the low double Numbers.
A big wave of infections and an exponential rise in daily cases is “almost” like a rite of passage,” said minister of Public Health Ong Ye Kung on Friday in An virtual Press conference.
But more than 80% of Singapore’s population has already vaccinated, and that makes the situation different from others countries went on, he pointed out.
There is no doubt that the country would have seen countless deaths and an overwhelmed healthcare system system as the population had not been vaccinated, said Ong.
“We have avoided that until now because of our very high vaccination coverage,” he said.
The government turn his attention now on critically ill patients and deaths, die have remained relatively low met 60 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
About the past 28 days, 98.1% of infected people were asymptomatic of had mild symptoms, according to the newspaper of the Ministry of Health update.
from of 7.144 active cases like of Sep 19 118 people need oxygen supplementation and 21 people to be in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).
The Ministry of Health previously said: it can add up up the IC capacity up to 1,000 beds if needed.
— Yen Nee Lee of CNBC contributed to this report.
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