Singapore in 'fog of war', must ride Omicron wave before next steps: Ong Ye Kung

Singapore in 'fog of war', must ride Omicron wave before next steps: Ong Ye Kung

Omicron, Ong Ye Kung

21/1/2022 12:16:00 PM

'There's certain expectation that we have a plan...but actually we are in a fog of war . It doesn't quite work like that,' said the Health Minister

Singapore in ' fog of war ', must ride Omicron wave before next steps: Ong Ye Kung

Singaporean politicianHealth Minister Ong Ye Kung, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force on COVID-19, addresses reporters at a virtual media briefing by the MTF on Friday, 21 January 2022 (PHOTO: Ministry of Communications and Information)SINGAPORE — Singapore's next steps beyond the current Omicron wave cannot be predicted as it is in the "fog of war", said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung on Friday (21 January). 

Ong, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force on COVID-19 (MTF), told reporters at a virtual media briefing that it was a matter of juggling three key aspects, in order to ensure the optimum combination of policies whilst riding through the wave: the healthcare system, safe management measures (SMM) and vaccinations.

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What is safer for any PAP minister than saying No to any easing of WuhanCironavirus measure. Wanna ask my son to join your MTF? He is in Sec 2 & he cope with day to day in the “fog of war”! No pun intended……

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1,615 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 1,185 Omicron infections confirmedSINGAPORE: Singapore reported 1,615 new COVID -19 cases as of noon on Wednesday (Jan 19), comprising 1,205 local infections and 410 imported ones. There was one fatality, according to the latest infection statistics on the Ministry of Health\u0027s (MOH) website. This takes the dea Able to identify the source of transmission, thus to break the chain? Every day for the past 3 days when I was taking public transport such as bus and MRT, for SURE there was unwell peoples nearby with coughing and sneezing. 2000+ is coming if no tightening of measures WFH... what is the point of work in office when I just see computer screen like I work from home? 50% allowed is interpreted by my employer that they must bring 50% to office who actually can WFH.

1,615 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore; 1,185 Omicron infections confirmedSINGAPORE — Singapore reported 1,615 new Covid-19 cases as of noon on Wednesday (Jan 19), comprising 1,205 local infections and 410 imported ones.

New Omicron infections in Singapore more than double to 1,185There were 1,185 new cases of those infected with the Covid-19 Omicron variant on Wednesday (Jan 19), more than double the 589 cases a day earlier, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). Of these, 965 were local cases and 220 were imported, MOH said in its daily update on...

Singapore's new Omicron infections more than doubleSINGAPORE - There were 1,185 new cases of those infected with the Covid-19 Omicron variant on Wednesday (Jan 19), more than double the 589 cases a day earlier, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). Of these, 965 were local cases and 220 were imported, MOH said in its daily update on Wednesday. All in, there were 1,615 new cases recorded...

1,472 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 1,001 Omicron infections confirmedSINGAPORE: Singapore reported 1,472 new COVID -19 cases as of noon on Thursday (Jan 20), comprising 1,133 local infections and 339 imported ones. There was one fatality, according to the latest infection statistics on the Ministry of Health\u0027s (MOH)

Ong Ye Kung Singaporean politician Health Minister Ong Ye Kung, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force on COVID-19, addresses reporters at a virtual media briefing by the MTF on Friday, 21 January 2022 (PHOTO: Ministry of Communications and Information) SINGAPORE — Singapore's next steps beyond the current Omicron wave cannot be predicted as it is in the "fog of war", said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung on Friday (21 January).  Ong, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force on COVID-19 (MTF), told reporters at a virtual media briefing that it was a matter of juggling three key aspects, in order to ensure the optimum combination of policies whilst riding through the wave: the healthcare system, safe management measures (SMM) and vaccinations. "There's certain expectation that we have a plan. We plan out beforehand, on this day, on this time, we will do this, do that based on certain metrics, and we will just proceed. But actually we are in a fog of war. It doesn't quite work like that." Ong added, "Every variant is different and behave differently. And you just have to go through it and judge the situation and make decisions along the way. That's how in the middle of a crisis, that's how you make decisions." Riding the Omicron wave The minister was responding to a question on how authorities will know that the peak of the Omicron wave has been hit, given that the MTF warned earlier that the city-state might see up to 15,000 COVID cases a day, and how this peak might affect SMMs. Finance Minister and MTF co-chair Lawrence Wong noted that while it was impossible to estimate the peak of the Omicron wave, there was a "certain momentum" in the infection rate, given that the week-on-week infection ratio continues to rise exponentially.  "So we are bracing indeed, as you say, for this wave. We don't think it is prudent to relax or ease measures during this particular period," said Wong. The MTF could begin thinking about "the next mile" once there is confidence that the healthcare system is not overwhelmed and the vast majority of COVID-19 cases are mild, he added.   Pressed several times to give specific details of benchmarks, Wong quipped, "I'm not sure how many times I have to answer the same question asked in repeated variants. No pun intended." Story continues He stressed, "We intend to get through this wave. We are hopeful that we can do so with our current posture, given our assessment of the situation up to now, but there is still uncertainty in the coming days and weeks. "Let's not get ahead of ourselves: we are in the midst of a wave." On Thursday, Singapore reported its weekly COVID-19 infection growth rate rose to 2.17, the highest since 16 September last year's 2.25. It also confirmed 1,472 new COVID cases, down from 1,615 a day before. Of these cases, some 77 per cent – or 1,133 – are local while 339 are imported. Stay in the know on-the-go: Join Yahoo Singapore's Telegram channel at