New Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 ‘not a surprise’: Ong Ye Kung

New Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 ‘not a surprise’: Ong Ye Kung

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18/5/2022 1:47:00 PM

New Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 ‘not a surprise’: Ong Ye Kung

SINGAPORE: The discovery of new Omicron subvariants is “not a surprise at all”, as it is known that the virus that causes COVID-19 will continue to mutate, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung on Wednesday (May 18). Speaking on the sidelines of a media event, Mr Ong noted how cases of the BA.4 and BA.

reporting its first three such cases“But more importantly, so far, there has been no evidence that the BA.4 and BA.5 will cause more severe illness.”The strategy and its reformsPublic consultations will be held from May 18 to Aug 15 this year, as part of efforts to involve Singaporeans in shaping the strategy. These engagements will be held in-person and through online surveys.

He added that the Ministry of Health (MOH) wants to find out what residents hope to see in care plans given to them by doctors.MOH added that it has already begun engaging general practitioners (GPs) and senior management of healthcare clusters for feedback.

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LinkedIn SINGAPORE: The discovery of new Omicron subvariants is “not a surprise at all”, as it is known that the virus that causes COVID-19 will continue to mutate, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung on Wednesday (May 18).first three community cases with the BA.Q: How many cases have been detected in Singapore? A: On Sunday night, MOH said it found through active surveillance two cases of the BA.first three community cases with the BA.

Speaking on the sidelines of a media event, Mr Ong noted how cases of the BA.4 and BA.5 variant.5 subvariants have been found in many countries - including in Singapore, with the country reporting its first three such cases on Tuesday. All three were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms, and did not require hospitalisation. He added: “What we learnt from the data and findings of scientists is that BA.4 and BA.4 and BA.5 in Singapore.

5 have a transmission advantage over BA. "While our society is now more resilient against the virus, everyone should continue to play their part and remain vigilant to mitigate the spread of COVID-19," it added.4 and BA.1 and BA.2. Q: What are the BA. So that's why it's a variant of interest (as classified by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control).4 and BA.” “But more importantly, so far, there has been no evidence that the BA.5 subvariants? First identified in South Africa earlier this year, the BA.5 subvariants? First identified in South Africa earlier this year, the BA.

4 and BA.5 will cause more severe illness.5 variants have since become the dominant strains there. There is also concern these sub-variants may infect the vaccinated.” PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON HEALTHIER SG STRATEGY Separately, Mr Ong gave an update on plans for a new national healthcare strategy - Healthier SG - which was first unveiled at Budget 2022. The strategy and its reforms aim to address the challenges of an ageing population and improve population health outcomes . According to South African scientists, the variants can dodge antibodies from earlier infection but are far less able to thrive in the blood of people vaccinated against COVID-19. Public consultations will be held from May 18 to Aug 15 this year, as part of efforts to involve Singaporeans in shaping the strategy. "However, the expectation is that even when immunity to infection with the dominant virus falls, the protection against severe disease should fall less, and so the health system should not be threatened in the way that the pandemic threatened in the first few waves. Singapore's Health Ministry said the two variants contain mutations in the spike protein which appear to confer"greater immune escape properties and higher transmissibility" compared to the BA.

These engagements will be held in-person and through online surveys.1 and BA. Mr Ong said: “In a nutshell, we want to find out: Why do residents not go to one doctor?” Getting residents to register and stick with one doctor is a key pillar of the Healthier SG strategy. This way, doctors can better understand patients, their medical history, said Mr Ong. Q: How transmissible are they? South Africa is currently seeing a surge of new COVID-19 cases driven by the two subvariants, with numbers jumping from an average of 300 per day in early April to about 8,000 per day this week. More On This Topic. He added that the Ministry of Health (MOH) wants to find out what residents hope to see in care plans given to them by doctors. The feedback gathered will be studied and incorporated into a White Paper, which will be tabled for debate in Parliament later this year.4 and BA.4 and BA.

TOP THREE CONCERNS MOH added that it has already begun engaging general practitioners (GPs) and senior management of healthcare clusters for feedback. The biggest concern that has emerged thus far is about drug prices, said Mr Ong. But knowledge of the variants remains limited, with the WHO adding them to its list for monitoring earlier last month. “If you go to a GP (general practitioner) versus you go to a polyclinic, up to a certain point, polyclinic drug prices are cheaper.” Drug prices and subsidies will thus have to be adjusted, and this is an issue authorities “have to really think about”, said Mr Ong.4 and BA. Other examples of concerns include ones about technology systems, which are needed for data sharing.5 have the potential to result in a new infection wave, a South African study said.

But he added that his sense is that there is “a lot of buy-in” for the strategy. However, there is so far no indication that BA. When asked about whether these concerns about subsidies and technology would lead to higher healthcare costs - which the reforms are meant to tackle, Mr Ong said such costs are necessary for the long-run. “Sometimes, a lot of things in life are like that.5 are associated with new symptoms or more severe disease. You invest in something that's preventative for the long-term. It will save you a lot of pain and costs in future. Related: Singapore detects three COVID-19 cases infected with new BA. Related: Singapore detects three COVID-19 cases infected with new BA.

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