Newer Omicron subvariants drive recent increase in Covid-19 cases in Singapore, says MOH

21/6/2022 8:42:00 PM

Newer Omicron subvariants drive recent increase in Covid-19 cases in Singapore, says MOH - Bernama

Newer Omicron subvariants drive recent increase in Covid-19 cases in Singapore, says MOH - Bernama

SINGAPORE (June 21): There has been a 23% week-on-week increase in Covid-19 community infections in Singapore, largely driven by the increased spread of newer Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, according to the republic’s Ministry of Health (MOH).“Although the BA.2 subvariant still accounts for the bulk of our Covid-19 infections, the proportion of BA.4 and BA.5 infections is rising,” said the ministry in a statement issued here on Tuesday (June 21).MOH said about 30% of the Covid-19 cases in the

SINGAPORE (June 21): There has been a 23% week-on-week increase in Covid-19 community infections in Singapore, largely driven by the increased spread of newer Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5, according to the republic’s Ministry of Health (MOH).“Although the BA.2 subvariant still accounts for the bulk of our Covid-19 infections, the proportion of BA.4 and BA.5 infections is rising,” said the ministry in a statement issued here on Tuesday (June 21).

MOH said about 30% of the Covid-19 cases in the community in the past week were cases with BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, as compared to 17% and 3.0% for the previous two weeks respectively.“BA.5 alone is estimated to contribute to 25% of all cases this week. The surge in BA.4 and BA.5 cases is likely to continue, driven by their higher transmissibility compared to BA.2,” it added.

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A SINGAPORE (June 21): There has been a 23% week-on-week increase in Covid-19 community infections in Singapore, largely driven by the increased spread of newer Omicron subvariants BA..Of the total, 10 were imported cases while the remainder were local infections.Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said cases increased to 14,195 compared with 11,096 reported in ME 23.

4 and BA.5, according to the republic’s Ministry of Health (MOH). “Although the BA. Of the active cases 24,906 or 96% are undergoing home quarantine while 15 people are being treated at low quarantine and treatment centres.2 subvariant still accounts for the bulk of our Covid-19 infections, the proportion of BA.4 and BA. "The average infectivity rate (Rt value) showed a 12.

5 infections is rising,” said the ministry in a statement issued here on Tuesday (June 21). Article type: free. MOH said about 30% of the Covid-19 cases in the community in the past week were cases with BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, as compared to 17% and 3.0% for the previous two weeks respectively.6% week-on-week, falling to 10,524 from 10,806, bringing the cumulative recoveries to 4,476,829.

“BA.5 alone is estimated to contribute to 25% of all cases this week. The surge in BA.4 and BA.5 cases is likely to continue, driven by their higher transmissibility compared to BA. Dr Noor Hisham said positive cases monitored by Covid-19 Assessment Centres (CAC) nationwide showed an increase with patient arrivals at CACs increasing by 22.

2,” it added. MOH noted that current international and local evidence shows that the severity of BA.4 and BA.5 infections is similar to that of earlier Omicron strains. “The current Safe Management Measures (SMMs), including the requirement to wear masks while indoors and Vaccination-Differentiated SMMs for some higher-risk activities, will remain,” it said. – Bernama Article type: free.

MOH said it will continue genomic surveillance for circulating subvariants in Singapore, including requiring some infected individuals to take an additional government-funded polymerase chain reaction swab for genomic sequencing. “While we have not seen a significant increase of severe Covid-19 cases in our hospitals, and the number of cases in the Intensive Care Units (ICUs) remains low, our public hospitals remain busy caring for non-Covid patients, and many hospitals experience high bed occupancies,” it said. The ministry reminded that vaccination and boosters are an important line of defence. Subscribe to Mid-day email alert We deliver news to your inbox daily .