Singapore’s COVID-19 cases do not spike over long weekends, says health minister

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Singapore’s COVID-19 cases do not spike over long weekends, says health minister

The number of daily COVID 19 cases in Singapore did not spike over the Chinese New Year holidaysChinese New Year holidays, health minister Ong Ye Kung said on Friday in a speech at the official opening of the NTUC Health Jurong Spring nursing home. He said that the number of cases was quite low, in the low three digits that Singapore has not seen in a long time.

Singapore reported 78 new COVID 19 cases on Monday, the second day of the Chinese New Year. The number rose to around 500 on Thursday, which is consistent with spikes seen after long weekends.

He said that we always brace ourselves after a long weekend. There is always a big spike in numbers, as well as a big spike in visits to emergency departments.

It turned out to be not too bad. He said emergency departments held their ground, which was to our great relief that we no longer scrutinise numbers like that. He said that over the Chinese New Year, I looked at the numbers and the situation closely. I think things are stabilised.