Why has the number of infections in Singapore suddenly increased?

Why has the number of infections in Singapore suddenly increased?  - Photo 1.

A board with a QR code to scan for contact tracing is placed on the side of the road, people go out for lunch at Raffles Place, Singapore on September 14 – Photo: AFP

Up to now, Singapore (more than 5.7 million people) is one of the countries with the highest vaccination rate in the world. According to Singapore’s Ministry of Health, as of September 15, 82% of Singapore’s population had fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with 2 doses and 84% had received at least 1 dose.

However, the number of infections in this country has suddenly increased recently. On September 16, Singapore announced the record of 910 new infections (including 803 cases in the community). This is The highest daily increase in more than a year since May 1, 2020, according to the newspaper Straits Times.

About a month ago, on August 16, Singapore recorded only 53 new infections in a day (including 48 infections in the community). On September 9, Singapore had 457 new cases (including 450 infections in the community), double the number of 219 new infections (on 3 September) of the previous week.

According to Singapore’s Ministry of Health, this is the first time Singapore has experienced an “exponentially increasing” wave of infections in the community. Officials in the country called the current increase in infections “worrying”, according to Channel News Asia.

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Number of new infections in the community in Singapore in the past month – Graphic: STRAITS TIMES

“Every country that opens up has to face waves of infections like this. For us, this wave of infections is happening faster than we anticipated,” – Mr. Lawrence Wong, finance minister and co-owner Chairman of Singapore’s inter-ministerial task force to coordinate COVID-19 response, speaking.

Mr. Lawrence Wong warned: “We (Singapore) will soon record 1,000 cases a day. In a few weeks, we may be approaching 2,000 new cases a day.”

Associate Professor Kenneth Mak (director of health services at the Ministry of Health Singapore) said that the current doubling of new cases every week in Singapore reflects ongoing community transmission as the restrictive measures restrictions are eased.

With more social activities taking place, Singapore’s Ministry of Health detected infections at work, in families and in the community. The fact that many people removed masks and increased close contact with each other may have caused the number of infections to increase rapidly.

“In addition, violations of safety management measures and poor compliance with the requirement to wear masks in some cases may have contributed to the spread of the epidemic,” said Associate Professor Kenneth Mak.


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