Singapore is witnessing the resurgence of another COVID-19 wave as authorities detected over 25,900 fresh coronavirus cases from May 5 to May 11, prompting Health Minister Ong Ye Kung to advise citizens to start wearing masks again. "We are at the beginning part of the wave where it is steadily rising,” said Ong, adding that it would peak in the next two to four weeks.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said the estimated number of COVID-19 cases in the week of May 5 to 11 rose to 25,900 cases, compared with 13,700 cases in the previous week. Additionally, the average daily COVID-19 hospitalisations rose to about 250 from 181 the week before, even as average daily intensive care unit (ICU) cases remained low at three cases, according to the Straits Times.

Ong advised those who are at greatest risk of severe disease, including individuals aged 60 years and above, medically vulnerable individuals and residents of aged care

facilities, to receive an additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if they have not done so in the last 12 months. 

Meanwhile, public hospitals have been asked to reduce their non-urgent elective surgery cases and move suitable patients to transitional care facilities or back home through Mobile Inpatient Care@Home, an alternative inpatient care delivery model that offers clinically suitable patients the option of being hospitalised in their own homes instead of a hospital ward, in order to protect hospital bed capacity.

Ong said if the number of cases doubles, Singapore will have 500 patients in its healthcare system. However, if the number of cases doubles a second time, there will be 1,000 patients, and "that will be a considerable burden on the hospital system." He said, "One thousand beds is equivalent to one regional hospital. So I think the healthcare system has to brace ourselves for what is to come." 
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