The Singapore government tries to live with Covid-19 by deciding not to restrict despite a surge in confirmation case.
Although not restrictions, but Singapore will postpone more steps for reopening while monitoring the improvement of severe cases.
Singapore’s new daily infection has risen sharply recently and reached 450 cases on Thursday (9/9), after the detention steps were relaxed as part of a gradual reopening after vaccination reached 80 percent of the population.
“Increased rapid and exponential daily infections that we experience today are what must be traversed by every country who wants to live with Covid-19 at some point,” said Minister of Health Singapore Ong Ye Kung at a press conference on Friday (10/9 / 2021).
To support the health care system, Singapore will let more vaccinated patients recover at home and will start a vaccine booster program for vulnerable groups.
The authorities have also decided to reduce quarantine from 14 days to 10 days for close contact with infected people.
The main indicator in determining the reopening step was the number of patients in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for the next 2-4 weeks, said Lawrence Wong, Minister of Finance and Chairperson with the Corona virus task force.
At present there are seven ICU patients and 300 beds available, which can be increased to 1,000 beds. If the amount can still be managed, the state will continue the reopening plan.
“The amount of our ICU is still low now … but we should not be complacent,” said Wong.
“Severe diseases usually come two weeks or more after someone contracted the virus,” he added.
Singapore also recorded more infected children, but no one was seriously ill, according to Kenneth Mak, Director of Medical Services.