Singapore COVID cases triple after Hari Raya Haji holiday long weekend

It looks like Singaporeans might have let their guards down while celebrating the long weekend.

The number of Covid-19 cases tripled yesterday to 16,870, up from nearly 6,000 on Tuesday, due to the Hari Raya Haji holiday on Sunday and Monday. 

“The increase in the number of cases today is due to the spike we typically see following a long weekend,” the ministry wrote last night.

Three deaths were also reported and the 7-day moving average for local cases was around 8,400, which health authorities consider “stable” over the past week.

Over 700 were hospitalized, with 90 in need of oxygen supplementation and 14 in the intensive care unit.

But this spike didn’t come as a shock to the government, as a surge in cases typically happens after the weekends. Health Minister Ong Ye Kung was right in predicting that infections would exceed 12,000 — the previous high this month — on July 5, but still concluded that the current wave will not be as severe as compared to the Omicron wave earlier this year.

Singapore has recorded 1,557,648 cases since the start of the pandemic with 1,440 fatalities.

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