2,069 new COVID cases, 8 more deaths in Singapore

·Editorial Team
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A woman wearing protective mask cycles past an art installation paying homage to the frontliners amid the COVID-19 pandemic on November 14, 2021 in Singapore.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A masked woman cycles past an art installation paying homage to the front-liners amid the coronavirus pandemic in Singapore on 14 November, 2021. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (15 November) confirmed 2,069 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore – bringing the country's total case count to 239,272 – as well as eight deaths due to the disease.

Monday comes a day after Singapore recorded less than 2,000 cases, the first time since 5 November.

It also marks the 57th day in a row with fatalities from COVID-19 reported in Singapore, with 178 people having succumbed to it so far this month.

The 587th to 594th fatalities here were aged between 71 and 96. All of them had various underlying medical conditions.

Of the new cases, 2,065 are local – 1,964 are in the community and 101 are residents of migrant worker dormitories. The remaining four are imported. In the community are 323 cases who are aged 60 years and above, said the MOH.

The ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before – or the weekly infection growth rate – is reported to be 0.94, down from Sunday's 0.97. This is the third day in a row where the figure is lower than 1.

The rate was 1.04 last Friday, breaking a nine-day streak of recording a figure lower than 1.

Five active COVID-19 clusters are being closely monitored in Singapore, including three preschools.

Of the listed clusters, the highest number of three new cases was added to a cluster at Jamiyah Nursing Home. The cluster has 18 cases, all of whom are residents.

Two new cases were also added to a cluster at PCF Sparkletots @ Chong Pang Block 115B, totalling 14 infections.

One new case was each added to clusters at preschool Carpe Diem @ ITE, Jenaris Home @ Pelangi Village and Iman Childcare's Woodgrove branch, totalling 12, 38, and 28 infections, respectively.

255 require oxygen supplementation; 123 in ICU

A total of 3,270 cases were discharged on Monday, of whom 474 are patients aged 60 and above, said the MOH.

Currently, 1,533 cases are warded in hospital. Over the last 28 days, of the 88,361 infected individuals, 98.7 per cent had no or mild symptoms.

There are currently 255 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation.

A total of 123 cases are in the intensive care unit (ICU) – 51 are unstable and under close monitoring to prevent further deterioration, while 72 are critically ill and intubated.

The current overall ICU utilisation rate is 63.6 per cent, up from Sunday's 63.3 per cent.

The MOH noted that over the past seven days, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who are critically ill in the ICU are at 0.6 and 5.4 per 100,000 population, respectively.

Over the same period, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who died are 0.1 and 0.7 per 100,000 population, respectively, it added.

Among those aged 60 and above, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who are critically ill in the ICU are 2 and 48.7, respectively. The number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated seniors who died are 0.3 and 7.8, respectively, said the MOH.

Apart from the 594 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.

As of Sunday, 94 per cent of Singapore's eligible population – aged 12 and above – have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines or completed their full regimen.

Among the total population, 85 per cent have received two doses, 86 per cent have received at least one dose, and 21 per cent have received their booster shots.

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