Vaccinated May Be Asymptomatic
By Faadhila Thassim
The Government Medical Officers’ Forum (GMOF) said that random COVID19 testing should be carried out, especially in places of high disease prevalence as the risk of the spread of the virus could not be completely ruled out. GMOF Secretary Dr. Kamal A. Perera said it appears that the public has become less cautious with the lifting of the lockdown. But there is still a total of over 600 COVID-19 daily cases, he pointed out.
Perera added that those who vaccinated against COVID-19 have a less tendency to display symptoms and as a result there is a possibility of having asymptomatic patients in society. That is why random testing is crucial, he said. Perera said random testing will help identify and isolate COVID-19 patients.
“Even in countries such as Singapore where over 85 per cent of the population has been vaccinated against COVID-19, the number of daily cases have escalated to over 3,000.Thereby all measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 should be continued irrespective of the lifting of the travel restrictions, ’’ he said adding that the public should limit themselves to essential travel.