Singapore daily Covid infections surge to highest since March

SINGAPORE reported on Tuesday its highest number of daily Covid-19 infections in more than 3 months, according to the Ministry of Health’s website.

The city-state posted 11,504 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, of which 10,732 are local infections and 772 imported. That’s more than double the 5,309 cases on Monday and is the highest number of infections since March 22, when 13,166 Covid-19 cases were reported.

Separately, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung was quoted by Chinese daily Lianhe Zaobao as saying the next wave of Covid-19 infections in Singapore has arrived sooner than expected, due possibly to travels during the June school holidays, the Straits Times reported Wednesday. Ong said he didn’t think this wave would be worse than the one in February that was caused by the BA.2 Omicron subvariant.

Deputy Prime Minister Lawrence Wong said the government cannot rule out tightening Covid-19 restrictions again as it faces a resurgence in cases, though authorities expect to “ride through this wave” without having to do so, the Straits Times reported on Monday.

About 92% of Singapore’s population is double-vaccinated, while more than three in four have also had a Covid booster. Hospitalizations have remained largely stable, though the number of virus-infected patients has risen above 300 in the past week, according to health ministry data. A one-and-a-half year-old toddler who was infected with Covid-19 died on Monday, marking Singapore’s first death caused by the virus in a patient under 12 years old. — Bloomberg