5 of 12 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore local; 2 unlinked

·Editorial Team
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COVID-19 antigen rapid test (ART) kits for self-testing at a Watsons pharmacy in Singapore.
COVID-19 antigen rapid test (ART) kits for self-testing at a Watsons pharmacy in Singapore. (Reuters file photo)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (7 July) confirmed 12 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 62,652.

Five of them are domestic cases in the community, three of whom are linked to previous infections. Wednesday marks the 73rd consecutive day with local cases reported in Singapore.

The remaining seven cases are imported, of whom five were detected upon their arrival here, while two developed the illness during their stay-home notice or isolation period.

Three of the linked community cases were added to a new "Case 64599" cluster, now comprising of four cases. No details were given on case 64599 or the other infections linked to it.

Singapore now has 23 active COVID-19 clusters. The largest active cluster in Singapore remains at the 115 Bukit Merah View market, linked to 94 cases.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 68 in the week before to 24 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from nine in the week before to seven in the past week. 

It added that the seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 2.4 and 1.0 respectively.

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7 require oxygen supplementation; 3 in ICU

Over 62,000 cases in Singapore, or over 99 per cent of the total tally, have fully recovered from the infection.

As of Wednesday, 90 cases are currently warded in the hospital, most of whom are well and under observation. There are currently seven cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and three in critical condition – all aged above 60 and unvaccinated – in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Apart from the 36 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.

"There is continuing evidence that vaccination helps to prevent serious disease when one gets infected. Over the last 28 days, 23 local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to ICU, or passed away," said the MOH.

Of the 23 cases, 20 are unvaccinated, three are partially vaccinated and none was fully vaccinated.

As of Tuesday, 5.93 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 3.73 million – or some 65 per cent of Singapore's population – have received at least one dose of the vaccine, of which some 2.2 million are fully vaccinated.

Those who have received the Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine locally are not included in Singapore's national vaccination numbers. As of 3 July, 17,296 people here have received one dose of the Chinese-made vaccine.

The MOH on Monday said that it is investigating an incident involving a 16-year-old boy who suffered a cardiac arrest after lifting weights six days into receiving his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

The boy had collapsed at home on Saturday and remains in critical condition at the National University Hospital's ICU.

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