Singapore health minister: Current Covid-19 wave not as severe as Omicron outbreak in early 2022

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Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said it is important to ensure hospital capacity is not overly stressed. — TODAY pic

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Tuesday, 05 Jul 2022 9:39 PM MYT

SINGAPORE, July 5 — Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said today that the current Covid-19 wave would not be as severe as the Omicron wave earlier this year due to “stronger immunity either through booster shots or recovery from infections”.

Speaking in Parliament in response to several questions on the topic from various Members of Parliament (MPs), Ong added that the slowdown in the Covid-19 infection rate is a sign that the wave is at or near its peak.

He said case numbers by the end of today were expected to be over 12,000, which is a “tad higher” than Tuesday last week when the number was 11,504.

“So there are indications that we are near the peak, if not at the peak. And we should be relieved that the number this week did not double from last week. Otherwise, we will be at 24,000 or 22,000 this week.” Ong said that in South Africa, the second Omicron wave driven by subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 was about one-third the peak of the earlier Omicron wave.

“We anticipated this wave when we learnt about subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 which have a significant growth advantage over BA.2. Th...

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