Singapore Reports a Sharp Rise in COVID-19 Cases

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LIPUTAN6ENGLISH – Singapore reported a significant increase in COVID-19 cases in the second week of November 2023. The number of coronavirus infections in the country doubled to 22,094 cases in the span of 19-25 November 2023, compared to 10,726 cases in the previous week, 12-18 November.

The increase in COVID-19 cases in Singapore has caused concern among the public. The Singapore government has also issued an official statement to provide information to the public regarding the increase in cases.

Causes of the Increase in COVID-19 Cases in Singapore

The Ministry of Health (MOH) of Singapore stated that the increase in infections may be caused by several factors, such as:

  • End-of-year travel season

The end-of-year travel season is typically marked by an increase in public activity, including travel. This can increase the risk of COVID-19 transmission, especially in countries with high vaccination rates.

  • Decreasing population immunity

COVID-19 vaccination has been shown to be effective in preventing severe illness from the coronavirus. However, the effectiveness of the vaccine will decrease over time. Therefore, the public is urged to continue to practice health protocols and receive booster vaccinations on a regular basis.

The Singapore Government Urges the Public to Get Vaccinated

MOH urged the people of Singapore to immediately get vaccinated against COVID-19, including booster vaccinations. The government also urged the public to continue to practice health protocols, such as wearing masks, social distancing, and washing hands with soap and running water.

Dominant Coronavirus Variant

MOH noted that the EG.5 virus variant and its sub-lineage, HK.3, are still the dominant sub-variants locally. As of November 27, 2023, this sub-variant of the coronavirus accounts for more than 70% of the cases in the Lion City.

Currently, there is no indication that the main sub-variant is more transmissible or causes more severe illness than other circulating variants.

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Respiratory Disease Cases in Singapore Remain Stable

Overall, respiratory disease cases in Singapore, especially those affecting children, remain stable. The situation in Singapore is currently different from countries in temperate regions that have recorded an increase in respiratory disease cases, such as pneumonia in children.

“There is no indication of an increase in severe respiratory disease, including in children,” MOH said.

The increase in COVID-19 cases in Singapore is a matter of concern. The Singapore government has taken steps to control this increase in cases, including urging the public to get vaccinated and practice health protocols.

The public can also play an active role in controlling the increase in COVID-19 cases by getting vaccinated, practicing health protocols, and maintaining their immune systems.

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