6 in 10 residents in Singapore have possible been contaminated with Covid-19, says Ong Ye Kung, Latest Singapore News
Six in 10 native residents have possible been contaminated with Covid-19, however this doesn’t confer herd immunity, mentioned Health Minister Ong Ye Kung in parliament on Monday (Aug 1).
He mentioned that about 1.7 million Covid-19 instances have been reported, and the numbers translate to about 30 per cent of Singapore’s inhabitants.
“We also systematically monitor blood samples from routine polyclinic cases and other health volunteers for signs of previous infection. From these samples, we estimate about 60 per cent of local residents are likely to have been infected with Covid-19,” mentioned Mr Ong.
“Notwithstanding, this does not confer us herd immunity. By and large, scientists around the world do not think herd immunity is achievable because the virus will continue to mutate, escape the protection of vaccines and then infect people,” he added.
Singapore is at present in the course of a Covid-19 wave pushed by the extremely transmissible Omicron variant BA.5. As social restrictions is not going to be standard, the nation must depend on vaccinations to guard the inhabitants towards extreme sickness, he mentioned.
Mr Ong mentioned that over the past Omicron wave at the beginning of this yr, 2.4 per cent of contaminated individuals wanted hospitalisation. During this wave, 1.9 per cent ended up in hospitals. The precise percentages are more likely to be decrease as a result of not all instances are reported instances.
Nevertheless, the protection of the weak, particularly the seniors stays a priority because the nation has hit a plateau the place booster pictures are involved.
Three mRNA pictures are wanted to get good vaccine safety towards extreme sickness from Omicron infections. However, there stay 40,000 seniors aged 60 and above who haven’t acquired their booster pictures, although they’re eligible, he mentioned.
Another 40,000 seniors haven’t accomplished two doses but, he mentioned.
“All of them are very vulnerable to severe illness if infected, and we will continue to try to reach out to them through our Mobile Vaccination Teams, through our home vaccination teams.”