Singapore has 121 new COVID cases; new hospital, dorm cluster

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People wearing protective mask cross a street on June 8, 2021 in Singapore. Singapore enters a month long heightened alert from May 16 to June 13 to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases in the local community. New restrictions on movements and activities have been introduced such as limiting social interaction to two, prohibiting dining out and a reduced operating capacity at shopping malls, offices and attractions. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People wearing protective mask cross a street on June 8, 2021 in Singapore. Singapore enters a month long heightened alert from May 16 to June 13 to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases in the local community. New restrictions on movements and activities have been introduced such as limiting social interaction to two, prohibiting dining out and a reduced operating capacity at shopping malls, offices and attractions. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (1 August) reported the detection of 121 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 65,102.

In a media release, the ministry said there were 113 new cases of locally transmitted infection. Of the local community cases, 70 are linked to past cases and have already been quarantined while five are linked to previous cases and were detected through surveillance, said MOH. There are 38 new unlinked cases.

Among the new cases, seven are seniors aged above 70 who unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and are at risk of serious illness.

There are also eight imported cases, all of whom have been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated since their arrival in Singapore. One case was detected upon arrival while the other seven developed symptoms during SHN or isolation.

10 new clusters, including community hospital and dormitory

The MOH announced 10 new clusters, including Yishun Community Hospital – linked to four cases – and Westlite Mandai Dormitory, which is linked to five cases. 

The other eight new clusters are named after case numbers and the MOH did not offer details on the cases that the clusters are named after.

The largest active cluster in Singapore currently is the one linked to Jurong Fishery Port – it has 1,045 cases.

In total, there are currently 83 active clusters, ranging between three and 1,045 infections, the ministry said.

The MOH said that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 1,056 cases in the week before to 862 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from 119 cases in the week before to 282 cases in the past week.

It added that the seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 82.9 and 40.3 respectively.

35 require oxygen supplementation; 8 in ICU

At least 62,733 cases in Singapore, or over 99 per cent of the overall total, have fully recovered from their infection and have been discharged from the hospital.

As of Sunday, 590 cases are currently warded, most of whom are well and under observation.

There are currently 35 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation and eight in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Four among the 43 cases are fully vaccinated – three requires oxygen supplementation while one requires ICU care as they have underlying medical conditions, said the MOH.

Among them are also 29 seniors above the age of 60, of whom 26 are completely unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, have fallen very ill, it added.

Apart from the 37 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, 15 others who tested positive for the virus were determined to have died from unrelated causes, including three whose deaths were attributed to a heart attack and another four whose deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease.

Over the last 28 days, 55 local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to the ICU, or died. Of them, 33 are unvaccinated, 18 are partially vaccinated and four are fully vaccinated.

As of Saturday, about 7.58 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.3 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with 3.39 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

This means that 61 per cent of the population have completed their full regimen, or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines under the national vaccination programme, and 77 per cent have received at least one dose.

Those who have received the Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine locally are not included in Singapore's national vaccination numbers. As of Saturday, 104,061 doses of the China-made vaccine have been administered to 74,121 individuals.

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