Singapore called on citizens to reduce social interactions and warned of tougher action on Friday if coronavirus infections escalated a day after the country’s highest reported cases of infection in seven months.
Nine new cases were confirmed in the area Friday after the previous 16 days, including an increased cluster in the hospital.
That number is only a fraction of the number reported among Singapore’s Southeast Asian neighbors. But the escalation of infections could be the setback for Asian business centers, which had been successful in previous outbreaks.
Health officials on Friday said the size of social interactions should be reduced and additional crowd control measures will be imposed over the next two weeks.
“We have to be mentally prepared that if the situation does not improve and it continues to get worse in the coming days, we will not hesitate to take stricter action,” co-chief Lawrence Wong. Singapore’s Coronavirus Agency said.
There are currently 13 patients linked to Tan Tock Seng Hospital, including four staff who have been vaccinated. But no symptoms or mild
Authorities have isolated four hospital wards, prohibit visitors and performed a cluster-based mass test, the first in a Singapore hospital.
The city-state has reported more than 61,000 cases of COVID-19 since the outbreak last year, most in low-wage foreign workers’ housing. There were 30 deaths.
In most cases later imported.
Singapore’s immunization program is being fully implemented using the vaccine of Pfizer-BioNTech (PFE.N), (22UAy.DE) and Moderna (MRNA.O) are on track to vaccinate 5.7 million people by the end of the year.
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