Singapore reports new daily high of 2,268 COVID cases, 8 deaths

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People seen along Orchard Road on 24 May 2021 amid Singapore's Phase 2 (Heightened Measures) period. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
People seen along Orchard Road on 24 May, 2021. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman/Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (29 September) confirmed a record 2,268 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore – taking the country's total case count to 94,043 – and eight more deaths due to the disease.

Wednesday marks the second day in a row where there were over 2,000 daily new cases reported in Singapore, following the 2,236 infections reported a day earlier

It is also the 10th day in a row where fatalities from the virus are reported and the highest in a day.

Singapore's 86th through 93rd COVID-19 fatalities are all Singaporeans: five men and three women aged between 72 and 90.

Among them, six had been unvaccinated against COVID-19, one had been partially vaccinated and one had been fully vaccinated. All of them had various underlying medical conditions and are among 38 people who have died from the disease here this month.

Of Wednesday's new cases, 2,258 are local infections: 1,810 are in the community, while 448 are dormitory residents. Among the local cases are 510 people above the age of 60, said the MOH.

The remaining 10 cases are imported, of whom seven were detected upon their arrival in Singapore, while three developed the illness during their stay-home notice or isolation period.

Twelve active COVID-19 clusters in Singapore, including eight dormitories, are being closely monitored, said the MOH.

Of the list of monitored clusters, the highest number of 50 new cases was added to the cluster at the Woodlands dormitory. The cluster now has 314 cases.

Thirty-seven new cases were added to the cluster at the North Coast Lodge dormitory, totalling 350 infections. Twenty-one new cases were also added to the cluster at the Avery Lodge dormitory, totalling 277 infections.

All three clusters are classified as intra-dormitory transmissions among residents, with no evidence of spread beyond the premises.

At the current rate of infection, daily new cases in Singapore are expected to rise to 3,200 this weekend, authorities had said.

197 require oxygen supplementation; 34 in ICU

As of Wednesday, 1,335 cases are currently warded in hospital, most of whom are well and under observation.

There are currently 197 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation and 34 in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Of those who have fallen very ill, 192 are patients above the age of 60, said the MOH.

Apart from the 93 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, 419 cases required oxygen supplementation, 52 had been in the ICU, and 36 died.

As of Tuesday, about 9.16 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme, including 196,211 booster doses. Some 4.59 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 4.48 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

To date, about 500,000 eligible seniors have been invited to receive their booster doses.

Separately, 195,791 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Tuesday, covering 98,772 individuals.

This means that 82 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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