WAIT FOR QUICK CASE DUBBING
Singapore detected 546 confirmed cases of Omicron on Saturday, including 443 imported cases and 103 local cases, the health ministry said.
Over the past week, there have been 13 cases of unrelated community-based Omicron and 78 cases of local community-related transmission Omicron.
According to the Ministry of Health, the Omicron variant has been detected in more than 110 countries, mainly in Africa and Europe.
“Current observations from affected countries / regions suggest that the Omicron variant is more transmissible than the variants currently in circulation. Globally, the Omicron variant has overtaken the Delta variant as the predominant variant in many countries, such as the UK and Denmark, ”he said. .
Data available so far suggests that Omicron infections face reduced risks of hospitalization and serious illness compared to Delta infections, the ministry said.
“Locally, our Omicron cases have so far not been as severe – none required intensive care or supplementation with oxygen, although this may be in part because most cases are fully immunized. and belong to younger age groups, ”he added.
Preliminary estimates from studies abroad also indicate that two doses of mRNA vaccines reduce the risk of symptomatic infection with Omicron by approximately 35%. The risk is further reduced to about 75 percent lower for people with a primary and booster mRNA regimen.
“There should be better protection against serious infections and death from cellular immunity and other factors,” the health ministry said.
“It is therefore important for us to continue our booster vaccination program to improve protection against infections and serious illnesses. “
The ministry said it expects a new wave of local cases “soon” given the higher transmissibility of the Omicron variant.
“However, the peak of the wave can be alleviated and we can avoid overloading our healthcare system again if everyone plays their part in getting their vaccines and booster doses, self-testing regularly and self-help. -isolate if it is positive, ”the health ministry said.
In particular, those who have recently arrived from abroad or have been in contact with an infected person should reduce their social interactions.
“In the days and weeks to come, we should expect more community cases and a rapid doubling of cases. It is still a process that we must follow in order to live with COVID-19.
“We did everything we could to prepare for it; in particular by giving boosters to our population and starting vaccinations for our children. We are looking for everyone’s cooperation and understanding, as we cross an Omicron wave in the next one to two months, “the health ministry added.