16,870 new COVID cases in Singapore, highest in over 4 months

·Senior Reporter
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Office workers go for lunch in the central business district during the novel coronavirus pandemic in Singapore on 26 April, 2022. (PHOTO: Reuters)
Office workers go for lunch in the central business district during the novel coronavirus pandemic in Singapore on 26 April, 2022. (PHOTO: Reuters)

SINGAPORE — Singapore on Wednesday (13 July) reported 16,870 new COVID-19 cases, the highest in a day in over four months.

It marks the highest daily infection count since 17,051 cases were recorded on 9 March.

At 15,978 new local and 892 imported cases in total, Wednesday's figure is also nearly three times that of 5,979 infections reported a day before.

The increase is due to the spike typically seen after a long weekend, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on its website, adding that the seven-day moving average number of local cases has remained stable at about 8,400 over the past week.

Current tally

Wednesday's case count brings the total number of COVID-19 infections detected in Singapore so far to 1,557,648. Of them, 192,333 were infected over the last 28 days.

Three more people have died, bringing the total death toll here to 1,440.

Singapore's weekly COVID-19 infection growth rate rose slightly to 1.01 on Wednesday, up from 0.91 on Tuesday.

The rate refers to the ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before, where a figure of more than one means that the number of new weekly cases is increasing.

A total of 734 patients have been hospitalised, including 90 who require oxygen supplementation and 14 who are in the intensive care unit.

Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said in Parliament last week that there are indications that the current COVID-19 wave in Singapore – driven by Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants – is near or at its peak.

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