A sudden surge of Covid-19 cases hit the globe ushering new variants of the coronavirus strain. Badly affected countries in Southeast Asia include Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines, Singapore is on a brink of being affected too.
There have been new cases each day that are being reported daily despite the tighter security actions. The night before May 26, 36 new cases were reported of newly diagnosed with the virus compared to the 16 new cases the other day according to asiaone singapore.
First Outbreak Recall
The current events are reminiscent of the days leading up to the outbreak of rising Covid cases last year. The only difference between that moment and the current situation right now is that people right now learned their lesson. Singapore right now is more prepared for the worst-case scenarios regarding the virus.
Compared to the 40-60 cases in April last year where circuit-breaker was executed, the number of new community cases dwindled this year.
The rather more transferable iterations of the virus called VOC or variants of concern are rather prevalent in Singapore, even some of the clusters are bearing the B1617 variant who is currently wreaking havoc all over India.
Today, there are about 240 persons who are needing hospital care,18 of whom are on oxygen and two are in the ICU.
Singapore has ever since averted from the second onslaught that has been ravaging the global population which is far more deadly than last year.
If we look closely at the global statistics, there are more fresh cases daily than last year. Half a million new cases of people infected each day because of the high infection numbers in India. Other countries that are badly struck with high rates of infection in Brazil and Argentina.
The Danger of the New Variants
The director of the National Center for Infectious Diseases Professor Leo Yee Sin said, “the strain that is prevalent in many of the Covid-19 cases (in Singapore) in recent weeks is the B16172 variant.”
He added, “this has a “higher amount of virus excreted from respiratory secretion compared with the parent strain that can amplify in all forms of transmission routes such as surfaces, through direct contact, droplet, and aerosol transmission.”
“I was initially all for a circuit breaker, but it seems that the daily numbers are pretty stable and manageable, “ said Dr. Asok Kurup from the Academy of Medicine’s Chapter of Infectious Disease Physicians.
“The curve is quite flat and, importantly, what we aren’t seeing is exponential growth, “ said Professor Dale Fisher, a senior consultant for infectious diseases at the National University Hospital.
A Silver Lining
Associate Professor Hsu Liyang of the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health feels Singapore has a rather optimistic view of the current situation.
He stated, “Today, we understand far more about the virus than we did before… We know how to limit its spread and have treatment options backed by clinical trials. We have safe and effective vaccines and the capacity to ramp up testing and containment facilities.”
Singapore’s Pandemic Approach
According to Associate Professor Alex Cook, “The safe management measures to control spread are generally very effective, adherence is good, testing capacity is high, vaccination roll-out is proceeding apace, the border has been made even more secure.”
Prof Fisher argued that once people in Singapore are vaccinated, Covid-19 can now transform into a mild disease that can be treated.
“That’s what the vaccine does – reduces transmission and makes the disease mild. We could remove quarantine as an entry requirement to Singapore but it does require a very high vaccine uptake here, ” he added.
Even if most of the people will get vaccinated and can create herd immunity to reduce the transmission of the virus, quarantine may still be implemented for travelers who like to play at a casino Singapore from countries with high transmission cases.