Singapore extends Covid restrictions as cases remain high – .

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Singapore extends Covid restrictions as cases remain high – .


SINGAPORE – Covid restrictions in Singapore have been extended for another four weeks, authorities said on Wednesday after new daily cases hit a record high of 3,994 on Tuesday.
The restrictions, which include limiting group sizes for social gatherings and making homework the default, will now be in place until November 21, with a review due to the two-week mark. .

“In the current situation, we face a considerable risk that the health care system will be overwhelmed,” Finance Minister Lawrence Wong said during a press briefing on Wednesday.

These measures were due to take effect from September 27 to October 24, and health officials said they would review the restrictions based on the Covid situation.

Singapore has tightened and relaxed restrictions several times this year, easing them in response to the number of Covid cases. The government has said over and over again that it wants to ensure that the health care system is not overwhelmed.

At the same press briefing, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said the record number of cases would likely peak after the weekend.

On Tuesday, the health ministry said local hospitals were under “significant pressure and strain” as the number of patients in the intensive care unit rose to 71, according to official data released.

Out of 1,650 isolation beds in public hospitals, 89% have been filled, according to a statement from the Ministry of Health. About 67% of intensive care beds are occupied, although a number of patients have been admitted for monitoring, the statement said.

“If necessary, we will open more intensive care beds,” said Ong. “The next jump will be 300 beds, but this will come at the expense of further degradation of normal service and normal medical care. “

Health officials have also encouraged people to limit their social activities and said on Tuesday more people have been to malls or taken public transport in the past week.

The number of unvaccinated elderly infected rose to around 100 per day, the health ministry said, noting that this group was particularly vulnerable and at risk of becoming very ill.

A total of 1,738 cases were hospitalized on Tuesday, including 338 people requiring oxygen supplementation, according to official data. The vast majority of cases in the past 28 days had no symptoms or had mild symptoms.

Since the start of the pandemic, Singapore has reported 154,725 cases and around 84% of its population has been vaccinated. Some 246 people have died from Covid-19 in the Southeast Asian country of about 5.45 million people.

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