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COVID-19 hits peak in Singapore, but doctors keep an eye on possible surge

Singapore, Jan 6 (Language): Doctors in Singapore believe the latest COVID-19 wave in the country has peaked, although some clinics are still seeing more patients than usual, and doctors are expecting more cases in the coming months. Keeping an eye on a possible surge.

Doctors are seeing about a 20 percent decline in cases since December, Channel News Asia reported on Friday.

However, clinics are already planning for more manpower and drug supplies in anticipation of another surge in the coming months.

For example, Healthway Medical’s 57 clinics now see an average of 50 to 60 patients a day with respiratory infections, the report said. Most of these cases are of Covid-19 and influenza.

This is about 10 per cent more than the regular patient load but a slight decline from the peak around Christmas.

“The peak of all cases of upper respiratory tract infections has stabilised. Most people have already returned from travel,” CNA quoted Dr. John Cheng, head of primary care at Healthway Medical Group, as saying.

“Most of our clinics actually had enough buffers for all acute and upper respiratory tract infections … to meet the sudden increase in patient numbers,” he said.

“By the end of the year, there will definitely be an increase. And then, most of the time, during the festive season, during the holidays – with more people interacting, more passengers (travelling) – we would expect some surge during those periods,” he said.

OneCare Medical is also seeing stabilization in cases across its 38 clinics. It said cases are unlikely to rise again significantly in the near future.

“We think ARI (acute respiratory infection) has already peaked, so we should see the numbers stabilize and maybe gradually over the next few weeks,” CNA quoted Dr. Jimmy Chew, CEO of OneCare Medical, as saying. “Must get back to normal baseline numbers.” That being said.

“Of course, if the weather remains cold enough and a lot of the ARI pathogen variants continue to spread, we may still see the numbers remain intact,” he said.

“With Chinese New Year (February 10) coming, there will still be gatherings. And there are certainly still some passengers traveling, especially those who want to take advantage of the off-peak season,” Chew said.

“Maybe there are still some infectious diseases going on. But of course, hopefully, we have already seen the peak of ARI cases, so we will see a downward trend in the coming weeks.”

“I think we need to keep a close watch on the situation. So, in terms of medicine, we stock up more before expecting this peak,” Dr. Daniel Soong, medical director of UniHealth Clinic, said as quoted by CNA.

“If we see an increase in cases and caseload, we may deploy more manpower to our clinics to reduce wait times for patients,” Soong said. PTI GS Sky Sky

(This story is published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. No edits to the headline or body have been made by ABP Live.)

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