There have been as many as nine deaths a day in that time, increasing Singapore’s total viral duty to 142, and on Friday there were eight more as well as 307 people in need of oxygen and 41 on intensive care.
The Ministry of Health reports here that 98.4 percent of those infected in the past month have not had any or mild symptoms.
However, despite the fact that it is a system of home restoration and community care to ease the pressure on hospitals, the Singapore authorities are particularly concerned about the elderly, for whom it has started a booster program, and children under 12, which cannot yet be vaccinated.
Its limited hospital capacity is another major concern. Tents have been set up outside hospitals to help cope with a wave of infected people who feared their condition could worsen.
Those who are not very ill are encouraged to get home, and Lee said on Saturday: “We need to update our thinking. We should respect COVID-19, but we must not be paralyzed by fear ”.
But the prime minister predicted that even with 5,000 new cases a day, about 100 of them would become seriously ill, “not a small number,” he said.
“After this increase stabilizes, we can see future increases, especially if new variants emerge,” Lee said.
“We may have to apply the brakes again if cases grow too fast to protect our healthcare system and healthcare professionals. But we will be better able to cope with future increases. ”
Lee lacked the natural immunity of countries hit far harder by the virus, saying Singapore would be better equipped to resume a sense of normalcy when new cases stabilized at “maybe hundreds a day but not growing”.
“It will take us at least three months and maybe up to six months to get there,” he said.
“A few countries have reached this stage, for example in Europe. But they have paid for it dearly and lost many lives along the way. ”
Lee said “the next few months will try” and expects daily cases to continue to rise for a few weeks.
“It has been a long campaign against COVID-19. The war continues. But we are in a much better position now than a year or even six months ago, ”he said.
“Sometimes it may not feel like it, but we’re making steady progress toward the new normal.”
Despite its struggles, Singapore’s willingness to maintain its aviation hub status by reconnecting with the world has once again taken it to take further steps to relax quarantine requirements for fully vaccinated passengers.
Government figures showed that of the 1926 travelers who arrived in Singapore on only vaccinated flights from Germany and Brunei, only two imported the virus, and they were both identified at the airport and isolated.
As well as the USA, Great Britain, Canada and South Korea, new bubbles are opening up with Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, where travelers only require tests, not quarantine.
Singapore currently has a seven-day home quarantine for arrivals from a number of countries, including Australia.
“Singapore’s survival and success depend on being open and connected to the world,” said Singapore’s Transport Minister S Iswaran.
“The experience over the last month has given us confidence that we can safely expand [quarantine-free travel] to other countries. ”
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