191 new COVID-19 infections detected in Singapore; 90 unlinked

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People seen at the Jewel Changi Airport mall on 4 September 2021. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
People seen at the Jewel Changi Airport mall on 4 September 2021. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (5 September) confirmed the detection of 191 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 68,660.

There are 186 local transmissions, of which 90 are currently unlinked, said MOH in a news release. Among the local cases, 63 are linked to previous cases and have already been quarantined, while 33 are linked to past cases and were detected through surveillance.

Of these cases, four are seniors above the age of 70 who are either unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and are at risk of serious illness.

Also reported were five imported cases, all of whom have been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated since their arrival in Singapore. Four of these cases were detected upon arrival here while one developed symptoms during SHN or isolation.

Overall, the ministry said, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 634 cases in the week before to 1,233 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 133 cases in the week before to 500 cases in the past week. 

The seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 104.7 and 71.4 respectively. 

The MOH reported that there were no new clusters while seven have been closed. There are currently 55 clusters, ranging between three and 1,155 infections.

24 require oxygen supplementation; 5 in ICU

At least 66,368 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 Sunday, 653 cases are currently warded, most of whom are well and under observation.

There are currently 24 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, 22 are patients above the age of 60, of whom 11 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 6.7 per cent, while that for the fully vaccinated is 0.9 per cent, the ministry noted.

As of Saturday, about 8.78 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.53 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 4.37 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

Separately, 170,577 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Saturday, covering 86,080 individuals.

This means that 81 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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