Prof Fisher: Its time let vaccine do its job. SG has seen outstanding effort vaccinating >90% eligible population... so we would be safe to open up...

jonesftw

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Professor Dale Fisher, also a senior infectious diseases consultant at the NUH, said: "Singapore's health system is very robust.

"While it is always a concern, one cannot forget the price being paid for the ongoing restrictions in terms of those with businesses being affected and loved ones they can't see."

According to the latest MOH release, there are 653 people with Covid-19 infections who are hospitalised, though "most are well and under observation".

It added: "There are currently 24 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and five in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU)."

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung had previously indicated that Singapore has set aside 1,000 ICU beds for Covid-19. Currently, only five are in use.

Time to Open Up

The government has done its best to protect citizens by providing free vaccination to all. It can add to this with booster shots if these prove beneficial and necessary. The MTF has announced plans to provide booster shots for everyone 60 years and older.

While experts are not convinced about the benefits of a third shot for those who are not immuno-compromised, it remains a valid option for people who may be at higher risk.

Beyond this, there is not really very much more that can be done. Covid-19 is here to stay and we need to learn to live with it.

Prof Fisher said: "It's time to let the vaccine do its job. Singapore has seen an outstanding effort vaccinating above 90 per cent of the eligible population. We did this so that we would be safe to open up.

"Caution is good but we can open up faster and allow people to socialise and travel again. This is also critical to the economy."

Locking up the country has never been a long-term solution. It has cost thousands of people their livelihood, and low social interaction has taken its toll on the mental health of many people.

Further delays in reverting to life as normal serve little purpose.

More important is to decide what the new normal needs to be.

It should at least include protecting the vulnerable, such as patients in hospitals and the elderly in care facilities; the wearing of masks in crowded public places such as the MRT; and buses and checking the Covid-19 status of people entering the country.

Preparations should also be in place to deal with any sudden surge in people hospitalised for the disease.

With the more transmissible and deadly Delta variant in play, none of the the options now available to Singapore are ideal, and none are without cost.

It is a matter of choosing to navigate the shoals for a path which gives the least pain and the most benefits.

We have to accept that there will be deaths - already 15 in the month of August - and severe illness. But there is a glimmer of hope, as the world is still looking for ways to beat the disease, through better vaccine protection and treatment.

For now, let's choose the least bad option, and start opening up.

 

TUV2008

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well done Prof, is time to open up, let's cease all the WFH and recall all to back to opi now!
 

gerrychua

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let's quickly go towards 1000 to 2000 cases again. at least enjoy 2 weeks break.
 

Neon92

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yeah this guy nonsense again
 

rampage333

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Open ah open, ceca will be jin heypi if open!
 

Semakdd

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A vaccine that is only 40% effective in preventing one catching covid
 

Demurrer

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However vaccinated were taking up the ICU meant for unvaccinated


Or was that what the vaccine supposed to do?
 

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Professor Dale Fisher, also a senior infectious diseases consultant at the NUH, said: "Singapore's health system is very robust.

Robust enough to handle +950 cases admitted into our hospitals daily due to Covid?

If yes, good.
 

Mitsui Hisashi

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hope he kena and go lie down on one of the 1000 beds available

cb kia
He will since they say everyone will be infected soon and he is so fat thus will have higher chance to go icu. I can't wait for that day to come
 

peaceheart

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Safe? Lolll

I'm self imposing lockdown at home til Dec 2021
 

TurboBumbleBee

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Actually how come in other countries vaccine 6 months no power liao but ours earliest vaccinated almost 1 year liao still going strong ar?
 

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Totally agree. BBFA hikkis can go rock chiurself up at home if chiu want to.
 

LoaGong12

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let's quickly go towards 1000 to 2000 cases again. at least enjoy 2 weeks break.
Either way we will get there. Wats your alternative strategy? And why didn’t you ask for restrictions when 800 ppl died of flu in a Particular year?
 
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