44-year-old among 16 COVID deaths, 4,248 new cases in Singapore

·Editorial Team
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People wearing protective mask walk along Jubilee Bridge at Merlion Park on October 24, 2021 in Singapore.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People wearing protective masks walk along Jubilee Bridge at Merlion Park on 24 October, 2021, in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (29 October) confirmed 4,248 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore – bringing the country's total case count to 192,099 – as well as 16 deaths due to the disease.

This comes two days after the ministry reported a single-day high of 5,324 cases, in what they described as an "unusual surge" within a relatively short window. 

It also marks the 40th day in a row with fatalities from COVID-19 reported in Singapore, with 279 people having succumbed to it this month.

The 365th to 380th COVID-19 deaths in Singapore were aged between 44 and 90. All of them had various underlying medical conditions. The 44-year-old individual had not been vaccinated against COVID-19.

Of the new cases, 4,246 are local infections: 3,710 are in the community and 536 reside in the migrant worker dormitories. The remaining two are imported.

Among the community cases are 559 people aged above 60, said the MOH. The ministry added that the weekly infection growth rate is 1.15.

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

Of the list of monitored clusters, the highest number of 16 new cases was added to the cluster at the Institute of Mental Health. The cluster now has 221 cases, consisting of 207 patients and 14 staff members.

Seven new cases were added to the cluster at Maple Bear Loyang preschool, now totalling 25 infections. Of them, 15 are students, seven are household contacts and three are staff members.

Two new cases were also added to the cluster at NTUC Health Senior Day Care's Taman Jurong branch, now totalling 24 infections. Of them, 18 are residents, four are staff members, and two household contacts.

257 require oxygen supplementation; 139 in ICU

A total of 3,011 cases were discharged on Friday, of whom 489 are patients aged 60 and above, said the MOH.

Currently, 1,614 cases are warded in hospital. Over the last 28 days, of the 92,499 infected individuals, 98.7 per cent had no or mild symptoms.

There are currently 257 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation. A total of 139 cases are in the intensive care unit (ICU) – 80 are unstable and under close monitoring to prevent further deterioration, while 59 are critically ill and intubated.

The current overall ICU utilisation rate is 74 per cent, said the MOH. On Tuesday, the ministry had said that it has triggered the next 100 ICU beds, which will be ready next week.

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 0.5 and 4.4 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 0.9 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 2.1 and 35.0, respectively. The number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated seniors who died are 0.4 and 8.8, respectively, said the MOH.

Apart from the 380 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 Wednesday, over 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines – those by Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and more recently, Sinovac – have been administered under the national vaccination programme.

Some 4.73 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 4.68 million having completed the full vaccination regimen. A total of 760,408 have taken their booster shots.

Separately, 45,484 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Wednesday, covering 25,079 individuals.

This means that 84 per cent of the population have completed their full regimen or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, 85 per cent have received at least one dose and 14 per cent have received their booster shots.

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