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Real risk of resurgence in COVID-19 cases, clusters if too many activities resume too quickly: Gan Kim Yong

Jun 04, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
SINGAPORE: Singapore faces a "Real risk" of a resurgence in the number of COVID-19 cases or clusters if it resumes too many activities too quickly, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said in Parliament on Thursday.

"We are not prepared to open it up too early, too quickly because that in fact may result in more cases emerging and in turn will require us to reimpose some of the measures, and as a result, actually may defer and slow down Phase 2," he said.

While the number of cases in the dormitories remained high, that was "Partly due to proactive screening as part of our plan to clear the dormitories and prepare the workers to return to work", said Mr Gan.

"In making these moves, the authorities took into account factors such as the number of daily cases to ensure the situation is under control, healthcare capacity to ensure the system can cope with potential rise in new cases once the restrictions are relaxed, and adequacy of safety measures to prevent transmission," he said.

Despite the steady decline in community cases, from 31 cases per day at the start of circuit breaker to four cases per day in the past week, Singaporeans should be mindful that this is probably the effect of the circuit breaker, he said.