Covid-19 wave more likely to subside additional this week, says Ong Ye Kung, Latest Singapore News
The current Covid-19 infection wave, which has been pushed by the Omicron variant BA.5, is more likely to subside additional this week, stated Health Minister Ong Ye Kung on Monday (Aug 1).
Speaking in Parliament, Mr Ong stated that whereas the nation continues to be in the course of the an infection wave, an infection numbers have been falling over the previous 10 days and the week-on-week ratio has dipped under 0.9 over the past week.
The week-on-week an infection ratio refers back to the ratio of group instances for the previous week, over the week earlier than. A ratio of under one reveals that the variety of new weekly Covid-19 instances is lowering.
Mr Ong famous that Singapore did not have to tighten social restrictions during the current wave, permitting most individuals to go about their lives as per regular.
“However, life is not as normal in our hospitals… Our healthcare system is bearing the brunt of the current wave. Healthcare workers have been very busy. Polyclinics andour general practitioner clinics also saw higher patient volumes,” he stated.
Ms Joan Pereira (Tanjong Pagar GRC) requested about measures to assist the healthcare system deal with the spike in sufferers, in addition to whether or not there have been plans to assist the telemedicine sector right here in order to scale back the variety of sufferers at clinics.
In response, Mr Ong stated that the Government is selling the usage of telemedicine for delicate Covid-19 instances, and that that is now extra accepted than up to now.
But he added: “Even so, we need to be realistic that in a big infection wave, the healthcare system will come under stress… Waiting times at private clinics, polyclinics (and) hospitals will inevitably go up, and I seek the patience and understanding of residents.”
In such a state of affairs, the secret’s to make sure that hospitals usually are not overwhelmed, and that those that want pressing care could be attended to promptly – one thing that the healthcare system has usually been in a position to obtain to this point, stated Mr Ong.
Responding to a query from Mr Louis Chua (Sengkang GRC) on the mattress capability of hospitals that’s at the moment in use and has been put aside for Covid-19 instances, Mr Ong stated that based mostly on the worst-case state of affairs projection for the present wave, the Government has plans to put aside as much as about 1,000 beds for such sufferers.
He added: “This is a dynamic plan and, fortunately, in the course of this infection wave, we did not have to activate all of thse beds.”