Ground operations “very tense” as increase in number of COVID-19 cases causes delays: Ministry of Health

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SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Thursday (September 23) that ground operations are “very tense”, with an increasing number of cases and home reestablishment the default mode of care for patients COVID-19.

Some patients recovering at home said they had not received instructions from authorities on testing or what to do after testing positive.

“The increase in the number of cases has caused delays and we ask for your patience and understanding. We are streamlining our operations and will contact you as soon as possible, ”the Ministry of Health said in response to media inquiries.

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Singapore reported a record 1,453 new local cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Patients recovering at home now account for up to 40% of cases every day, the health ministry said.

As of September 15, fully vaccinated patients between the ages of 12 and 50 can recover at home if they meet the criteria. This was extended on September 18 to COVID-19 patients aged up to 69 years.

These patients should not present with any co-morbidity or serious illness. They should be able to isolate themselves in a room, “preferably” with an en-suite bathroom, the health ministry said.

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There should also be no household members over the age of 80 or from any of the vulnerable groups, such as pregnant women or those with weakened immune responses, the health ministry added.

People recovering at home will receive an SMS providing more information on what to do during the 10 day period.

“Try not to call the quarantine hotline, the Department of Health hotline, the QSM hotline, etc. – that will only further block the system,” the Department of Health said Thursday.

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“We are implementing the in-home recovery companion system and increasing our resources, and the in-home recovery companion will respond to you.”

COVID-19 patients are admitted to hospitals and community care facilities if they are 80 years and older, or if they are 70 years and older and not vaccinated. Those with underlying illnesses are also admitted to hospitals or community care facilities.

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