SINGAPORE — The Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) has “strongly urged” those aged 60 and over, as well as those who live with them, to continue staying home for the next four weeks to protect themselves, mainly if they are unvaccinated.
AIC, a government agency focused on eldercare, noted that more than a quarter of local COVID cases in the last two weeks involved individuals aged 60 or older.
It added that since May, there had been 257 unvaccinated seniors who have been severely impacted by COVID-19 and have been hospitalized, required oxygen supplementation, or have died.
Seniors are reminded to limit their outings to necessary activities and to avoid crowded areas whenever possible. They should avoid group activities and social gatherings for the next four weeks. “They should avoid mask-off activities such as eating at hawker centers, according to AIC.
Additionally, to limit their exposure to other infections, we advise seniors to visit hospitals only when necessary. If they are infected with COVID-19 and have only mild or no symptoms, they do not need to seek medical attention but can self-isolate at home for their health.
Additionally, the AIC urged seniors to receive booster shots to guard against waning immunity and to help reduce the likelihood of severe illness if infected.
On Wednesday, Singapore reported 2,268 new COVID cases, including eight further deaths, bringing the total number of fatalities in the pandemic to 93.
This month, 38 people have died due to the recent surge in cases that began in August, the vast majority of whom are elderly and unvaccinated.
Singapore is expected to reach 3,200 new cases in the next eight days as it enters its “fifth doubling cycle,” Health Minister Ong Ye Kung stated last Friday.
Additionally, authorities anticipate up to 5,000 cases per day.