Half of 180 new COVID cases in Singapore unlinked; 2 clusters closed

·Editorial Team
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A woman crosses a road in the rain on August 30, 2021 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A woman crosses a road in the rain on 30 August, 2021 in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (1 September) confirmed 180 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 67,800.

Of the new cases, 177 are locally transmitted, including 90 unlinked infections.

Among them is one patient above the age of 70 who is unvaccinated and at risk of serious illness, said the MOH.

In addition, there are three imported cases, all of whom developed the illness during their stay-home notice or isolation period.

Two clusters have closed, bringing the total number of active COVID-19 clusters in Singapore to 68.

Nine new cases were each added to the Boon Lay bus interchange staff and Bugis Junction clusters, now linked to 66 and 233 infections, respectively.

Eight new cases were added to the Toa Payoh bus interchange staff cluster, bringing it to a total of 93 infections. Six new cases were each added to the clusters at the Institute of Mental Health and North Coast Lodge dormitory, now linked to 14 and 174 infections, respectively.

No new cases were added to Singapore's largest cluster at the Jurong Fishery Port, linked to 1,155 cases, as well as the second-largest cluster – linked to various KTVs – which has 253 cases.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has increased from 335 in the week before to 845 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 112 in the week before to 253 in the past week. 

The ministry added that the seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 84.6 and 36.1 respectively.

22 require oxygen supplementation; 5 in ICU

At least 66,174 cases in Singapore, or over 99 per cent of the overall total, have fully recovered from their infection and have been discharged from the hospital.

As of Wednesday, 499 cases are currently warded, most of whom are well and under observation.

There are currently 22 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation and five in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Of those who have fallen very ill, 18 are patients above the age of 60, of whom nine are completely unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, said the MOH.

Apart from the 55 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 unvaccinated who became severely ill or died is 8.3 per cent, while that for the fully vaccinated is 1.1 per cent, the ministry noted.

As of Tuesday, about 8.72 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.52 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 4.33 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

Separately, 167,898 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Tuesday, covering 85,786 individuals.

This means that 80 per cent of the population have completed their full regimen, or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and 83 per cent have received at least one dose.

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