Singapore's Omicron wave likely to see a fairly sharp peak, says infectious disease expert

16/1/2022 9:22:00 AM

Singapore's Omicron wave likely to see a fairly sharp peak, says infectious disease expert

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Singapore's Omicron wave likely to see a fairly sharp peak, says infectious disease expert

Will Singapore's Omicron wave be shaped like a plateau, with a flat top? Or will it look more like a mountain, with steep slopes and a sharp peak? The latter is more likely, says infectious disease modelling expert Alex Cook, an associate professor at the National...

The Omicron variant of the coronavirushas spread like wildfire all over the world since it was first detected in South Africa last November,with Australia, Britain, South Korea and the United States all feeling its impact.But the silver lining is that infections generally seem milder, with fewer hospitalisations and deaths reported despite soaring case numbers.

In Singapore, the variant is spreading much more slowly than it is in European and North American cities because of the country's safe management measures, said Professor Teo Yik Ying, dean of the Saw Swee Hock School.He added:"Certainly, the Omicron variant has the potential to spread very quickly, especially in the absence of community measures and mask wearing, such as what we have seen overseas."

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945 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 832 Omicron infections confirmedSINGAPORE: Singapore reported 945 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Friday (Jan 14), including 363 imported infections. There was one fatality, taking the country\u0027s death toll from coronavirus complications to 840, according to the latest infection statisti Everyone must be responsible. Seeing peoples walking on the street with masks down, drinking and talking, smoking and talking. Example, I was drinking so I do not need masks on. But the person was holding a soft drink, not actively drinking, masks down and walking, acceptable?

Over 100,000 kids aged 5 to 11 in Singapore have received first Covid-19 vaccine dose The Omicron variant of the coronavirus has spread like wildfire all over the world since it was first detected in South Africa last November, with Australia, Britain, South Korea and the United States all feeling its impact.Copy to clipboard https://str.neared the peak of its Omicron wave, the authorities said on Saturday (Jan 15), but warned daily infections will linger near record levels for"the next few weeks" after more than 100,000 cases were reported for a fourth straight day.LinkedIn SYDNEY: Australia has likely neared the peak of its Omicron wave, authorities said on Saturday (Jan 15), but warned daily infections will linger near record levels for"the next few weeks" after more than 100,000 cases were reported for a fourth straight day.

But the silver lining is that infections generally seem milder, with fewer hospitalisations and deaths reported despite soaring case numbers. In Singapore, the variant is spreading much more slowly than it is in European and North American cities because of the country's safe management measures, said Professor Teo Yik Ying, dean of the Saw Swee Hock School. "I would anticipate that we will see a fairly sharp peak, like what South Africa has had, and it will decay after that," he told The Sunday Times last week. He added:"Certainly, the Omicron variant has the potential to spread very quickly, especially in the absence of community measures and mask wearing, such as what we have seen overseas. More than 1." The with Omicron making up a growing proportion of each day's new infections." Just how steep the slopes of the next wave are will depend on the restrictions Singapore has in place. Singapore recorded 832 new cases of the Omicron variant on Friday, up from 549 a day earlier. "We are not through it yet and I think there are still going to be a large number of cases diagnosed in Australia over the next few weeks," Chief Health Officer Paul Kelly told a news briefing, referring to the Omicron outbreak.

These numbers mean that Singapore will soon face an Omicron wave, with 10,000 to 15,000 cases a day a distinct possibility. "That would be better for the healthcare system, but it's probably harder for us as individuals because we want to get it over and done with. But modelling from some states"leads me to believe that we are close to the peak of this wave in terms of cases", he said. More On This Topic Can Singapore handle the Omicron wave? But apart from the new variant being less severe than Delta, the country's circumstances are also very different from when Delta first hit. On April 1 last year - the date of Singapore's first Delta case as stated by global information sharing database Gisaid - the country was still pursuing a zero-Covid-19 policy instead of treating the virus as endemic. But the silver lining is that infections generally seem milder, with fewer hospitalisations and deaths reported despite soaring case numbers. Fewer than one million people were fully vaccinated at the time, with daily case numbers in the double-digits and the vast majority of infections imported. "We are seeing an epidemic of the unvaccinated in young people, we are seeing that in intensive care admissions," Dr Kelly said. Air travel had slowed to a trickle and quarantine-free travel was not an option. He added:"Certainly, the Omicron variant has the potential to spread very quickly, especially in the absence of community measures and mask wearing, such as what we have seen overseas. Australia is among the most heavily vaccinated countries against COVID-19, with more than 92 per cent of people above 16 double-dosed, and with a booster drive picking up pace.

The Delta wave eventually peaked in October, with the country seeing on average 3,000 new cases daily. In contrast, Singapore now faces the impending Omicron wave in very different circumstances. Singapore recorded 832 new cases of the Omicron variant on Friday, up from 549 a day earlier. The federal government of Prime Minister Scott Morrison, fielding criticism for his handling of the Omicron wave in an election year, on Friday cancelled Djokovic's visa for the second time over Covid-19 entry rules. For one thing, On Dec 2, the same day that Singapore detected its first imported Omicron case, it also reported 1,050 community cases. The country has embarked on . More On This Topic Can Singapore handle the Omicron wave? But apart from the new variant being less severe than Delta, the country's circumstances are also very different from when Delta first hit.