Over three in 10 Covid-19 cases caused by reinfections; current wave not due to travellers, says Singapore health minister

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Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said in a workplan seminar on Friday (April 14) that what drives Singapore's local waves is not large numbers of imported infections, but re-infection of existing individuals in the community. — Singapore Ministry of Communications and Information pic

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Friday, 14 Apr 2023 4:53 PM MYT

SINGAPORE, April 14 — More than 30 per cent of current Covid-19 infections are reinfections, which is higher than the 20 to 25 per cent observed during the last infection wave, said Minister of Health Ong Ye Kung today.

Mr Ong, who was speaking at the Population Health Collective workplan seminar for Community Partners and General Practitioners, explained that this is because protection against infection from past infections or vaccination wanes over time.

As a result, when people get re-infected, it causes the number of Covid-19 cases to rise, said Mr Ong who also dispelled the misconception that the rise in local infections is mostly due to travellers bringing in the coronavirus.

“The understanding that this causes a rise in infections is incorrect. The virus is endemic, which means it is always circulating within our community,” he said.

"In such a situation, what drives our local waves is not imported infection...

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