Singaporeans must be ready to deal with some infection controls being back in place should new strains of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus surface. — TODAY pic
Monday, 31 Oct 2022 9:19 PM MYT
SINGAPORE, Oct 31 — While plans to reintroduce the mask-wearing rule have been stood down after the Covid-19 XBB wave subsided “much earlier than expected”, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said today that the public must expect some infection controls and regulations to be reinstated should a new and more severe infection wave hit.
Speaking at the HMI Institute’s 20th anniversary and graduation ceremony, Ong revealed that the Government was on the verge of making people wear masks again due to the rising cases caused by the coronavirus strain XBB recently.
“For the XBB wave, the multi-ministry task force was very ready to reimpose indoor masking and, perhaps, targeted vaccination-differentiated safe management measures should the situation worsen,” he said.
“Fortunately, the infection numbers peaked and declined much earlier than we expected, and we can stand down the contingency plans, at least for now.”
However, he warned that Singaporeans must be ready to deal with some infection controls being back in place should new strains of the Sars-CoV-2 coronavirus surface, which may be “recombinants of existing subvariants&rdqu...