If you’re in this article because of the headline, you probably belong to one of these two groups:
- This is the first time you’ve heard of it, which means you’re either someone who lives under a rock or you’re a hardcore follower of Goody Feed (if you’re the latter, we love you too)
- You already know about the magical 13k number and wants to know what we think about it
No matter which group you’re in, we’ve got answers for you, so read on.
Number of New COVID-19 Cases Hit 5-Digit in a Day: On 4 Feb, 13,046 Cases Were Reported
On 4 Feb 2022, it was reported that Singapore has 13,046 new local COVID-19 cases reported.
That was triple the amount on Thursday (3 Feb), which was 4,087.
Out of the local cases:
- 10,312 were identified by Antigen Rapid Tests (ART) and were assessed by doctors to have mild symptoms and low risk
- 2,734 cases were detected through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests
There were another 162 imported cases, all detected from incoming travellers into Singapore.
This makes the total number of new COVID-19 cases detected on 4 Feb 2022 to be 13,208.
Overall COVID-19 Situation in Singapore
Six more people have died to COVID-19.
The number of hospitalised COVID-19 cases has similarly increased, from 932 the day before to 998.
Out of the new cases reported on 4 Feb, 96 requires oxygen support while another 15 are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).
The weekly infection growth rate has also grown from 1.23 the day before to 1.39.
The total number of COVID-19 cases recorded in Singapore is now 379,681.
The number of deaths due to COVID-19 in Singapore stands at 866.
As of the time of reporting, about 92% of Singapore’s population eligible for vaccination have completed the full vaccination regime.
59% of the whole population has received a vaccine booster shot.
If you’re wondering if it’s time to go on another “shopping spree” at Fairprice and hole yourself up at home, don’t.
While the number of new cases has tripled, a huge majority of the cases are assessed to have mild symptoms and low risk.
This means they’re allowed to recover at home, thus leaving our medical facilities free for more serious cases in case of a spike.
The number of new cases requiring ICU beds also didn’t increase despite the tripling of the number of cases.
In case you’ve forgotten, Singapore has forsaken the strategy of zero-COVID-19 cases; instead, they’re going to live with it, turning it endemic.
In other words, the only time they’ll jam the brakes and bring us back to the dark days of circuit breaking is when our hospitals run the risk of being overwhelmed again.
With that said, do keep up with your mask and hygiene habits because as COVID-19 has shown us time and again, you don’t know what tomorrow will bring.
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