Today’s report is highly anticipated because there was no Singaporean or Singapore PR infected yesterday; would this be a trend, or a one-off thingy?
Well, MOH has spoken.
It’s one-off thingy.
Today, there are 611 cases reported.
This brings the total number of cases to 33,860 in Singapore.
And as for local cases…there are 3 cases.
A majority of the cases are work permit holders living in dormitories.
On average, based on yesterday’s numbers, the number of new cases in the community has now decreased, from an average of 6 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 5 per day in the past week.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at an average of 2 per day in the past two weeks.
This is despite MOH’s active screening of preschool staff and people in nursing houses.
Pretty lit, eh?
And yesterday, a new SOP was also initiated which could see more people being discharged soon.
MOH Changes Discharge Policy
Yesterday, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong announced at a virtual conference that Covid-19 patients no longer have to test negative twice (24 hours apart) before they are discharged from healthcare facilities.
Instead, they will be discharged after day 21, regardless of whether they test positive or negative.
After their discharge, Covid-19 patients have to be isolated at their dormitories or homes for a further 7 days before they are allowed to return to work.
“This revised approach will allow patients who are well and not infectious to return to the community,” he said.
The only exceptions are patients with weak immune systems who may be infectious for a longer period of time.
This is because local studies and WHO have shown that they won’t be infectious 10 days after symptoms start showing and be symptom-free for 3 days after. Singapore is taking the kiasu approach by going for 21 days instead.
Over in Malaysia, they are discharging patients after 14 days.
So yes, chances are, there would be more people being discharged soon.
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