Of 10 new COVID cases in Singapore, 2 local and unlinked

·Editorial Team
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People walk along the Marina Bay waterfront with the central business district seen in the background on July 5, 2021 in Singapore.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People walk along the Marina Bay waterfront with the central business district seen in the background on 5 July, 2021 in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (6 July) confirmed 10 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 62,640.

Two of them are domestic cases, including a dormitory resident. Both of them are unlinked infections. Tuesday marks the 72nd consecutive day with local cases reported in Singapore.

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

Two clusters have closed – "Case 63964", linked to six cases and Atatcutz Singapore, linked to eight cases. Singapore now has 22 active COVID-19 clusters.

The largest active cluster in Singapore remains at the 115 Bukit Merah View market, linked to 93 cases.

The MOH said that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 76 in the week before to 24 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 11 in the week before to five 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 2.7 and 0.7 respectively.

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8 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 Tuesday, 99 cases are currently warded in the hospital, most of whom are well and under observation. There are currently eight 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 Monday, 5.86 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 3.67 million – or over 60 per cent of Singapore's population – have received at least one dose of the vaccine, of which some 2.19 million are fully vaccinated.

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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