Singapore Expects Greater Omicron Infection Wave than Delta

Singapore Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Wednesday that the country must brace for a greater COVID-19 infection wave from Omicron compared to that from the Delta variant.

Ong said the number of Omicron cases at its peak could be “a few times” more than the 3,000 daily cases recorded from the Delta variant in October and November 2021.

Ministry of Health (MOH) Director of Medical Services Associate Professor Kenneth Mak said the Omicron wave could reach 15,000 cases a day in a “worst-case scenario” as the Omicron infections could double in two to three days.

Over the past week, MOH recorded an average of around 200 cases daily with 16 cases currently in intensive care, “indicating that the recent wave of Delta infections has subsided,” health authorities said.

However, MOH data has shown a rise in the total number of confirmed Omicron cases over the past week, even as the Delta wave subsided. 

The highest number of cases recorded during the Delta variant peak last year surpassed 5,000.

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