S’pore could see 2,000 Covid-19 deaths yearly; Govt using vaccines, boosters to stem spread: Janil

SINGAPORE – Singapore could eventually see about 2,000 Covid-19 deaths a year despite the best possible medical care, most of whom will be the elderly and those already unwell.

On its part, the Government seeks to use a combination of high vaccination rates, booster jabs and natural immunity from mild infections to stop the disease from spreading as an epidemic here, said Senior Minister of State for Health Janil Puthucheary in Parliament on Monday (Nov 1).

Dr Janil said Singapore’s Covid-19 death rate is one of the lowest in the world at 0.2 per cent, compared with 3 per cent or higher in countries that experienced a surge in cases before vaccination. The country has seen 407 deaths as at Sunday (Oct 31).

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