COVID-19: Singapore reports 1,012 new cases, including 919 in community

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People wearing protective facemasks travel on a public bus in Singapore on September 14, 2021. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
People wearing protective facemasks travel on a public bus in Singapore on September 14, 2021. (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (19 September) confirmed 1,012 new coronavirus cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 77,804.

Among the cases are 919 community cases, 90 dormitory residents cases and three imported cases. There are 321 seniors who are above 60 years among the local cases. 

The imported cases have already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. One was detected upon arrival in Singapore, while two developed the illness during SHN or isolation.

Several care homes are active clusters being closely monitored by the ministry, including Woodlands Care Home with 12 cases, Windsor Convalescent Home with 10 cases and All Saints Home Jurong East with 15 cases. 

Toa Payoh Lorong 8 Market and Food Centre cluster currently has 41 cases. The MOH said there is workplace transmission with further spread to household contacts of cases. Of the 41 cases, 24 are staff and 17 are household contacts of cases.

Three cases were added to the Pfizer Asia Pacific cluster, which now has a total of 29 cases. The MOH noted that there is workplace transmission with no evidence of spread beyond the worksite. All cases are staff and the facility is not involved in vaccine production.

Daily new cases in Singapore are expected to rise to 2,000 by early October, if the current rate of infection persists, authorities here have said.

118 require oxygen supplementation; 21 in ICU

Over 66,600 cases in Singapore, or some 99 per cent of the overall total, have fully recovered from their infection and have been discharged from the hospital.

As of Sunday, 873 cases are currently warded, most of whom are well and under observation.

There are currently 118 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation and 21 in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Of those who have fallen very ill, 116 are patients above the age of 60, said the MOH.

Apart from the 60 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, the percentage of local cases who were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms is 98.1 per cent. Over the same period, 195 cases required oxygen supplementation, 19 had been in the ICU, and four died, of whom none was fully vaccinated.

As of Saturday, about 8.9 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.57 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 4.45 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

Separately, 183,202 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Saturday, covering 87,054 individuals.

This means that 82 per cent of the population have completed their full regimen, or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and 84 per cent have received at least one dose.

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