On January 12, the number of new cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 were elevated to 797, from its previous record of 438 according to the Ministry of Health.
Among these were local cases with a total of 513 and at least 284 cases were from overseas, MOH stated in its daily bulletin of coronavirus cases on Wednesday.
In this latest news in Singapore, we will tackle the latest surge in Omicron variant infection cases in the country.
Coronavirus cases update
In total, 882 new cases have been recorded, among these were domestic with 486 and 396 of these were contracted overseas, which is elevated from its previous record of 846 on Tuesday. Among these, there is also one case of death recorded.
The growth rate of Covid-19 infection that were recorded weekly slightly plummeted to 1.60 on Wednesday, from 1.71 the other day.
The growth rate of weekly infection indicates the scale of community cases for the previous week, in comparison to the data from the week before.
When the result produced a figure that is more than one, it indicates that the number of fresh weekly coronavirus cases is rising.
At least 167 patients were currently hospitalized, 13 of them are needing oxygen supplementation and 11 individuals are currently in the intensive care unit.
A total of 87 per cent of the total population of Singapore and a total of 91 percent of the eligible population have completed their full vaccination process. A total of 48 per cent of the population of the city-state have also received their booster jabs.
On the Wednesday update, the nation had reported a total of 288,125 cases of Covid-19, with a total death record of 839.
Omicron versus Delta
According to Health Minister Ong Ye Kung, the Omicron variant of the Covid-19 virus is much more transmissible than the Delta variant. At its cusp, the infection rate of the Delta variant can double for up to six to eight days depending on the conditions. As for the Omicron variant, it can double for up to two to three days.
MOH also revealed that the Delta variant can reach for up to 5,000 infection cases in just one day at its peak. The Omicron variant has exceeded this number, with infection cases per day can reach up to 10,000 or worse 15,000.
According to professor Mak, this growing concern could be possible as evident in other places such as those in Denmark, Britain, South Africa, and other European countries which have already experienced the worst of the Omicron variant.
However, despite the fast transmission rate of the Omicron variant, it’s effects are less severe than the Delta variant. Those who have been fully vaccinated and those who have received booster shots can be certain that they will not receive the worst effects of the Omicron variant.
Recently, Singapore has recorded at least 2,252 Omicron cases. Among these cases, only three individuals are needing oxygen dependence, and all of the three individuals were removed from the oxygen supplementation after three days.
Importance of vaccines and booster jabs
Even though there is a low efficacy of the vaccines against the Omicron variant, the full vaccination regimen can still help fight the Omicron variant, especially the individuals who have received their booster jabs.
Mr. Pak also noted that vaccinations and booster jabs can provide a stronger layer of protection against the Omicron and Delta variants of the Covid-19 virus.
The only concern that was on the table is that there is also a huge possibility that those who have previously recovered from Covid-19 infection can be reinfected.
According to Professor Mak, the next surge of the Omicron variant can be worse, so he encourages those who have not yet received their booster shots to get one to protect them from further damage of the new deadly variant.