Coronavirus cases in Singapore can rise anytime, premature to say worst is over, says MOH's chief health scientist
SINGAPORE - The chief health scientist at the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the man who was responsible for leading Singapore's public health response to the 2003 Sars epidemic has cautioned that the number of cases in Singapore can rise anytime.. Read more at straitstimes.com.
"Given the rate at which new cases are being reported around the world, there is always a risk of new imported cases. We therefore have to remain vigilant," he added.World Health Organisation director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a briefing in Geneva on Wednesday that the sudden increases in cases in Italy, Iran and South Korea were"deeply concerning".
"It spreads between people in a similar fashion as influenza (i.e. primarily droplets and contact) but because it is a novel virus, there is no immunity to it - unlike in the case of seasonal influenza - and hence, it appears to be highly transmissible."
"The outbreak is more serious than initially thought and the worst is yet to come for most countries," he said."The primary objective of all countries with cases must be to contain the virus... At the same time, all countries, whether they have cases or not, must prepare for a potential pandemic," he noted.
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'Some scientists have predicted that half or more of the world's population could be infected with Covid-19.'' Probably very easily - seeing how it has been so far. But also not as deadly so don't need to worry lah. What I'm more concerned about is the economy going forward. True, pray hard that it does not mutate, or have some irresponsible low-lives undermining the government's efforts to contain the virus by purposely spreading them (there are still many who coughs into the air in public), or defied quarantine orders.
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