Singapore, Dec 25 (CNA) – Singapore on Friday (Dec 24) reported no deaths from COVID-19 for the first time in more than three months.
This comes as the daily numbers of community cases in December have fallen from the peaks in November.
With no new deaths reported on Friday, the country’s death toll from coronavirus complications stood at 820.
The last time there were no fatalities from the virus was on Sep 19, when the death toll was 60. Since then, as cases rose exponentially, the daily number of people who died went up as well.
Already, the Government is preparing to ramp up healthcare capacity for a potential surge of Omicron cases. It has also frozen new ticket sales for Singapore’s vaccinated travel lanes until Jan 20 next year, citing the “rapid spread” of Omicron in other countries.
“The surge in cases over the last three months is subsiding. We have protected our healthcare system and kept fatalities low,” said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong last week.
“We are not yet out of the woods, but we are confident that we can cope with Omicron, because with vaccinations and boosters, we are in a much stronger position today to deal with COVID-19.”
Singapore confirmed 82 new Omicron cases on Friday, comprising 17 local infections and 65 imported cases.