COVID: 15 more deaths reported in Singapore, 3,383 new cases

·Editorial Team
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People walk along Marina Bay East Park near the financial business district in Singapore on October 20, 2021. / AFP / Roslan RAHMAN
People walk along Marina Bay East Park near the financial business district in Singapore on October 20, 2021. / AFP / Roslan RAHMAN

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (24 October) confirmed 3,383 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore – bringing the country's total case count to 172,644 – as well as 15 deaths due to the disease.

Among the dead were eight men and seven women – all Singaporeans. They were aged between 58 and 100 years old. Among them, the MOH said, eight had been unvaccinated against COVID-19, one had been partially vaccinated and six had been vaccinated. All of them had various underlying medical conditions.

Among those who died over the last 28 days, 31.4 per cent were fully vaccinated and 68.6 per cent were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

Of the new cases, 2,708 are in the community, 667 are in the migrant worker dormitories and eight are imported. Among the community cases are 428 seniors who are above 60 years old. 

The ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before is 1.14.

5 clusters under close monitoring

The MOH said it is closely monitoring five large clusters, including four welfare and community homes, and one pre-school. 

The largest one among them is Bukit Batok Home for the Aged, which has 147 cases, including the five new cases added on Sunday. 

PCF Sparkletots @ Zhenghua currently has 23 cases, with four new cases added on Sunday. 

Large COVID-19 clusters under close monitoring in Singapore. (TABLE: MOH)
Large COVID-19 clusters under close monitoring in Singapore. (TABLE: MOH)

1,738 warded in hospital, 58 intubated in ICU

Over the last 28 days, of the 84,851 cases, 98.6 per cent were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms, 0.9 per cent required oxygen supplementation in the general ward, 0.1 per cent were unstable and under close monitoring in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) to prevent further deterioration, and 0.1 per cent had been critically ill and intubated in the ICU. 

A total of 3,369 cases were discharged on Sunday, of whom 502 are seniors above 60 years old.

As of Sunday, among all COVID-19 community cases who have been onboarded or admitted, 17,862 (70.4 per cent) cases are undergoing Home Recovery. Another 4,817 (19 per cent) cases are in Community Care Facilities, 961 (3.8 per cent) cases are in COVID-19 Treatment Facilities, and 1,738 (6.8 per cent) COVID-19 patients are currently warded in hospital, mostly for observation.

Among the latter group, 278 require oxygen supplementation in the general ward, 97 are unstable and under close monitoring in the ICU to prevent further deterioration, and 58 are critically ill and intubated in the ICU.

As of Saturday, about 9.77 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.63 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 4.57 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

To date, about 910,000 eligible individuals have been invited to receive their booster doses – 699,542 of them have received their booster shots while another 79,000 have booked their appointments.

Separately, 238,589 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Saturday, covering 121,927 individuals.

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

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