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A 57.3% increase in COVID-19 cases reported in the last week of November

Publish date: Sun, 03 Dec 2023, 09:19 PM

HEALTH Director-General Datuk Dr Muhammad Radzi Abu Hassan today there has been a 57.3% increase in COVID-19 cases as 3,626 cases were reported in the 47th epidemiological week (ME47/2023) from Nov 19 to 25. Comparing it to the 2,305 cases reported in ME46/2023 (Nov 12-18), Dr Radzi said the majority of cases (48%) are made up of those aged between 20 and 40, with 98% of those cases only showing mild symptoms. “The weekly cases detected have exceeded 1,000 cases every week from ME41/2023 to ME47/2023, with an increased rate between 7.1% and 57.3%. “Eight active COVID-19 clusters have been reported, with a total of 121 cases involved. The cumulative number of clusters reported up to ME47/2023 is 7,248. The majority of reports are clusters involving the education sector,” he said in a statement today.

Dr Radzi noted that the admission rate of COVID-19 patients to health facilities here has increased to 2.9% per 100,000 of the population during ME47/2023, compared to 2% during ME46/2023. On the other hand, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has also reported on the rise of new Omicron variants, with BA.2.86, which was first reported on July 24, 2023. In Singapore, there has been a significant rise in COVID-19 infections said the Health Ministry (MOH) on Saturday (Dec 2). The Singapore MOH urged people to keep up-to-date with their vaccinations. The number of estimated COVID-19 infections doubled from 22,094 in the week of Nov 19 to 25, compared with 10,726 in the previous week, CNA reported. “The average daily COVID-19 hospitalisations and ICU cases have remained stable,” the ministry added. MOH said the rise in infections could be due to factors such as the year-end travel season and waning population immunity. - Dec 3, 2023

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