Of 13 new COVID cases in Singapore, 6 local with 2 unlinked

·Editorial team
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Office workers wearing masks cross a street during lunch hour, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Singapore May 12, 2021.   REUTERS/Dawn Chua
Office workers wearing masks cross a street during lunch hour, amid the coronavirus disease outbreak in Singapore on 12 May, 2021. (PHOTO: Reuters)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (5 July) confirmed 13 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 62,630.

Six of them are domestic cases in the community, of whom four are linked to previous infections and have already been placed on quarantine. Monday marks the 71st consecutive day with local cases reported in Singapore.

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

The MOH announced one new cluster named after the case number of a 36-year-old Malaysian man who works as a driver at Omni Aquatic Supplies and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 22 June. One of Monday's community cases is linked to the "Case 64388" cluster, bringing the total linked to it to three.

The cluster at MINDSville@Napiri – linked to 33 cases – is now closed. This brings the total number of active COVID-19 clusters in Singapore to 24.

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

One community case was added to the 105 Henderson Crescent cluster, which now has 21 infections. It was first linked to a 67-year-old Singaporean man who is a retiree. The fully-vaccinated man was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 17 June.

The remaining two linked infections in the community have been added to the Changi General Hospital cluster, which now has 20 cases.

The cluster at the hospital was first linked to a 35-year-old Singaporean man who works as a porter there and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 23 June. The fully-vaccinated man had tested preliminarily positive for the Delta variant.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 86 in the week before to 28 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 14 in the week before to four in the past week.

It added that the seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 3.4 and 0.6 respectively.

10 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 Monday, 102 cases are currently warded in the hospital, most of whom are well and under observation. There are currently 10 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 Sunday, 5.78 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 3.61 million – or over 60 per cent of Singapore's population – have received at least one dose of the vaccine, of which some 2.17 million are fully vaccinated.

On the now-closed MINDSville@Napiri cluster, Minister for Social and Family Development and Second Minister for Health Masagos Zulkifli on Monday in a Facebook post said that the incident showed "that vaccination works".

Of the 33 positive cases, only three were symptomatic prior to swabbing, with three others only developing symptoms later, after being placed in quarantine, he noted.

"The low symptomatic rate was quite likely because of the high vaccination rate of the staff and residents in the adult disability home – all except four of the 33 cases were vaccinated, and none of the symptomatic cases presented severe symptoms requiring intensive care," Masagos said.

Separately, 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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