Singapore Confirms 24 New Covid-19 Cases On 16 Jan
The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 24 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore today (16 Jan).
Of these, 19 are imported among individuals serving their Stay-Home Notices (SHNs).
There are also 5 local transmissions, involving 4 in the community and 1 at a workers’ dormitory.
This is the highest local infection count since 31 Dec, when we also recorded 5 local cases.
Vaccination commences for frontline workers
As we’re almost 3 weeks into Phase 3, health and safety measures are picking up speed, with vaccinations already rolling out.
First to receive them are healthcare and frontline staff, including our own politicians.
Next in line will be the elderly, who’ll likely receive their jabs some time in Feb.
Subsequently, all other locals and long-term residents will get our turn, though more details on this will only be available later.
In the meantime, the authorities have started setting up vaccination centres across the country, with 2 at Changi Airport and Raffles City already in operation.
Hope community cases will remain low
Almost a year since Singapore reported our first infection, daily Covid-19 case numbers have dwindled considerably, especially within the local community.
Imported cases now consistently make up the majority, though we hope that that’ll change too, as time passes.
When the pandemic will blow over completely remains uncertain, but let’s not give up on fighting it and hoping for a total return to pre-pandemic life.
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Featured image adapted from MIT Technology Review.