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Singapore Reacts to Soaring COVID-19 Cases: Issues Mask Mandate and Travel Advisory

Singapore has implemented new measures in response to a significant surge in COVID-19 cases, recording approximately 56,000 cases in the week of December 3 to December 9, 2023. The Health Ministry in Singapore has introduced guidelines, including the reintroduction of mask-wearing and a travel advisory.

The rising infections have prompted the government to take action, with an emphasis on addressing the impact of a sublineage of BA.2.86, known as JN.1, which is identified as the primary contributor to the surge. Despite this, authorities have clarified that there is no conclusive evidence suggesting that BA.2.86 or JN.1 are inherently more transmissible.

In light of the situation, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has collaborated with public hospitals to implement safety plans. These plans include measures such as ensuring an adequate workforce, postponing non-urgent elective procedures, and creating additional bed capacity, especially for urgent cases. A new COVID-19 Treatment Facility (CTF) at Singapore EXPO Hall 10 is set to cater to over 80 stable COVID-19 patients who do not require intensive hospital attention.

Individuals with symptoms of acute respiratory infection (ARI) are strongly advised to stay at home, and in unavoidable interactions, wearing masks, limiting social engagements, and avoiding crowded places are recommended precautions.

For travelers, preventive measures include mask-wearing at airports, obtaining travel insurance, and avoiding poorly ventilated and crowded spaces. The public is encouraged to seek treatment at Emergency Departments exclusively for serious or life-threatening emergencies to optimize hospital resources.

The ministry underscores the crucial role of vaccination in combating COVID-19, emphasizing that staying current with vaccinations, especially receiving an additional dose within the last 12 months, can significantly decrease hospitalization rates. The situation in Singapore continues to be monitored closely, with the government taking proactive steps to curb the spread of the virus and protect public health.

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