Vaccinated people account for 75% of coronavirus infections in Singapore
Vaccinated individuals accounted for three-quarters of Singapore’s Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) infections in the last four weeks, putting a dent in the country’s vaccination program.Singapore, which has been distributing the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, has already vaccinated nearly 75 percent of its 5.7 million people – the world’s second-highest rate behind the United Arab Emirates. Half of the country’s population is fully vaccinated.
Of Singapore’s 1,096 locally transmitted infections in the last 28 days, 484 or about 44 percent were in fully vaccinated people while 30 percent were partially vaccinated and just over 25 percent were in unvaccinated individuals, according to data provided by the government Thursday, July 22.
The data also showed that infections in the last 14 days among vaccinated people older than 61 stood at about 88 percent, higher than the figure of just over 70 percent for the younger group.
In Israel, which also has a high vaccination rate, about half of the 46 patients hospitalized in severe condition by early July had been vaccinated, and the majority were from risk groups. (Related: “Breakthrough” coronavirus cases still being reported, some even dying despite being fully vaccinated.)
Singapore bans restaurant dining, gatherings of more than two people
Singapore’s daily new case numbers are only a fraction of those reported elsewhere in Southeast Asia, but the tightening of measures just days after easing them is a setback for an Asian business hub eager to move on from the pandemic. (Related: Singapore to stop counting coronavirus cases, will rely solely on vaccines in misguided attempt to curb infection rates.)
“We have to make this pre-emptive tightening so that we can cut back on our overall activity levels and slow down the transmission,” said Lawrence Wong, co-chair of the country’s coronavirus taskforce.
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