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Singaporeans asked to wear masks, as state records 56,000+ cases of COVID-19 in Dec first week

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Singaporeans asked to wear masks, as state records 56,000+ cases of COVID-19 in Dec first week
Singaporeans asked to wear masks, as state records 56,000+ cases of COVID-19 in Dec first week

Just when the world thought it had left masks behind, one other COVID-19 wave seems to be on the horizon. The city-state of Singapore has recorded greater than 56,000 new cases of the an infection in the first week of December; as a precaution, folks have been urged to wear masks when out and about, particularly in shut proximity to others.

Surgical face mask
Surgical face masks are nonetheless the first line of defence in opposition to the brand new surge in COVID-19 infections. Photo courtesy: Pixabay/coyot

According to a media launch despatched out by the Singapore Ministry of Health (MoH) yesterday, the quantity of COVID-19 infections in the island nation was 56,043 in the week of December 3-9. This was a 75 per cent improve over the quantity of 32,035 infections recorded in Singapore in the previous week, stated the ministry.

From Tuesday (December 19), the well being ministry plans to launch every day figures of the COVID-19 an infection cases in Singapore in order to maintain folks conscious and alert.

As the first line of defence, face masks are again. The MoH has suggested folks — even when they don’t really feel sick — to maintain the masks on in crowded out of doors areas; in indoor areas full of folks; and round susceptible folks extra prone to the an infection.

Singapore MoH including extra affected person beds

In the media launch, the ministry knowledgeable the general public {that a} second COVID-19 therapy facility could be opened at Singapore Expo Hall 10 this weekend in order to cope with the surge in numbers. While this may improve affected person consumption, an individual would get a mattress solely with a physician’s suggestion. The first such therapy facility is at Crawfurd Hospital in Adam Road. Together, about 80 affected person beds could be obtainable.

“To protect our healthcare capability, the MoH has been working with public hospitals for contingency planning, together with guaranteeing enough manpower and deferring of non-urgent electives to maximise mattress capability for pressing cases in want of acute care,” stated the ministry launch.

Current information present a pointy improve in the quantity of sufferers needing hospital take care of the novel coronavirus an infection in Singapore — the quantity stood at 350 every day admissions through the interval below evaluation, a rise of 55.5 per cent from the 225 every day admissions in the previous week.

MoH advises annual COVID-19 booster photographs

Apart from sporting masks, maintaining with the mandatory vaccination is a method to beat the novel coronavirus. The Singapore MoH has suggested folks to get a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine about annually; there ought to be no less than a 5-month hole between the final shot and the booster shot.

As the novel coronavirus has continued to evolve, with new strains showing, newer vaccines could also be simpler in contrast to older vaccines developed in the early days of the pandemic. Vaccination in opposition to COVID-19 is free below the National Vaccination Programme for Singaporean residents; everlasting residents; long-term go holders; and a few short-term go holders. More data on vaccination is on the market at https://www.gowhere.gov.sg/vaccine. For reserving vaccination, go to https://book.health.gov.sg/covid.

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