Singapore advises people who are not immune to stay at home as cases rise
Singapore’s Ministry of Health on Sunday advised unvaccinated individuals, especially the elderly, to stay home as much as possible over the next few weeks, citing growing concerns about the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the community. .
The country reported 88 new locally transmitted coronavirus cases on Sunday, the highest daily toll since August last year, driven by rising clusters of infections linked to karaoke bars and the fishing port. Read more
Although Singapore’s daily cases are only a fraction of the number reported among its Southeast Asian neighbors, the jump in infections represents a setback for the Asian business hub, which successfully contained an earlier outbreak. On July 10, it did not report any new cases.
As a precaution, authorities on Sunday closed fresh fish and seafood stalls at markets across the city state where they tested fishmongers for COVID-19.
“We are concerned about the continued existence of coded transmission chains that may continue to spread within our community. The porous nature of wet markets makes contact tracing and isolation less straightforward,” the health ministry said in a statement late Sunday.
About 73% of Singapore’s 5.7 million residents have received their first dose of the COVID-10 vaccine, but the government is pushing for more elderly people to be vaccinated, as those over 70 have the lowest intake rates at around 71%.
The mounting cases prompted the city-state to tighten some restrictions on social gatherings from Monday, just a week after it eased them. However, it has more lenient rules for those who have been vaccinated.
With Singapore’s vaccination rates soaring and ready to live with the virus, the government said it will look beyond case numbers at disease severity to decide on further virus measures.
Of the 243 people with COVID-19 who are currently in hospital, five were critically ill requiring oxygen supplementation, and one was in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
(Reporting by Aradana Aravindan in Singapore) Editing by Ed Davies
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