Yesterday, the number of new Covid cases spiked to 4477, which is more than double of what was reported on Monday.
This is not something we want to hear but we are said to be preparing for another Covid wave driven by the BA.4 and BA.5 Omicron sub-variants. These variants of concern were first detected in South Africa and reached Singapore’s shores in May.
Health Minister Ong Ye Kung predicted that it could happen in a “matter of months, maybe July, maybe August”. But according to him, we can afford to be “quietly optimistic” about this new wave because of our high local vaccination coverage and mask-on rules.
Having mentioned that, he warned that people should not take this lightly. We must not be negligent. We must convince our seniors to get booster shots as they are the most vulnerable. We must also be Covid-ready and able to handle our own infections.
OYK urged all healthcare facilities and nursing homes to be prepared to deal with the next wave. They must brace themselves to deal with more patients and ensure that hospital beds are available.
He believed that with strong resilience, we will be able to ride through it again. We have gone through so many waves, we cannot afford to be swallowed by Omicron yet again.