Estimated 60pc of Singapore population infected by Covid-19 to date, latest wave subsiding says health minister

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Health Minister Ong Ye Kung in Parliament on Aug 1, 2022. — CNA screenshot via TODAY

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Monday, 01 Aug 2022 5:55 PM MYT

SINGAPORE , Aug 1— The wave of Covid-19 infections driven by the Omicron BA.5 variant has been subsiding, with the week-on-week infection ratio dipping below 0.9 over the last week and set to fall further this week, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung in Parliament today.

In terms of reported cases, about 30 per cent of Singapore’s population, or about 1.7 million people, have been infected with the Covid-19 virus, said Ong in response to a question from Member of Parliament (MP) Seah Kian Peng of Marine Parade Group Representation Constituency (GRC).

However, estimates based on blood samples monitored from routine polyclinic cases and other healthy volunteers for signs of previous infection indicate that 60 per cent of local residents are likely to have been infected with Covid-19, he added.

Despite the high infection rate, Ong said that this does not mean Singapore has “herd immunity” and that even if the infection rate hits 100 per cent, the country will not have achieved this status.

“By and large, scientists around the world do not think herd immunity is achievable because the virus will continue to mutate, escape the p...

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