Singapore reported 3,174 new cases of Covid-19 on October 26.
SINGAPORE: The number of critically ill Covid-19 patients in Singapore has increased so much that there are currently 60 empty beds in intensive care units.
The overall ICU utilization rate stood at 83.6% on Monday, the city-state’s health department said, down from about two-thirds just under a week ago. Of the 306 occupied intensive care beds, there were 64 critically and intubated Covid-19 patients, and 107 unstable and closely monitored patients. The other 135 beds were taken for conditions unrelated to Covid.
Critical care bed capacity is closely monitored as authorities warn of the risk of Singapore’s healthcare system being overwhelmed. As the government relaxes border controls to allow vaccinated visitors from more countries, it has extended strict restrictions on the island until the end of November, including limiting social gatherings to two people. Officials said the rules could only be relaxed when the situation in hospitals stabilizes.
“Our hospitals and healthcare workers continue to be under enormous pressure,” Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said last week. He said more intensive care beds would be opened if needed, although this would affect normal services and medical care. Patients in intensive care stay an average of 15 days, and some up to a month, he said.
Singapore reported 3,174 new cases of Covid-19 on Monday. There have been 14 deaths from complications related to the virus, all involving people with underlying health conditions, according to the ministry. The ratio of community cases last week to the previous week is 1.18. Authorities also expect that figure to drop below 1 before potentially easing restrictions.