40 new COVID cases in Singapore; new cluster at FairPrice outlet in Kallang Bahru

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A member of the Red Lions parachute team is pictured with the ArtScience Museum as he prepares to land during the 56th National Day Parade rehearsal in Singapore on August 11, 2021 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A member of the Red Lions parachute team is pictured with the ArtScience Museum as he prepares to land during the 56th National Day Parade rehearsal in Singapore on 11 August, 2021, in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (20 August) reported 40 new cases of COVID-19 in Singapore, bringing the country's total to 66,406 infections.

The ministry also announced the city-state's 47th coronavirus-related fatality, an 82-year-old Singaporean man who was unvaccinated. The man is also the 10th fatality from the infection in Singapore so far this month.

Of Friday's new cases, 36 are locally transmitted including 14 unlinked infections. The ministry did not provide a breakdown of how many of them are in the community or are dormitory residents.

Among them are two patients aged above 70 who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and are at risk of serious illness, said the MOH.

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

Two new clusters were identified on Friday, while nine have closed, bringing the total number of active COVID-19 clusters here to 77. 

A new cluster at a FairPrice outlet at Kallang Bahru is linked to four cases, while the other linked to case 68647 has three cases. The ministry did not provide details on case 68647 and its linked infections. 

Two new cases were added to the cluster linked to the Sengkang Bus Interchange staff, which now has 22 infections. 

One new case was each added to the clusters linked to the Giant outlet at Block 683 Hougang Avenue 8, SAFRA Tampines, Westlite Juniper Dormitory, and case 67343, which now have eight, 18, 71, and 42 infections, respectively.

No new cases were added to Singapore's largest cluster at the Jurong Fishery Port, linked to 1,155 cases, as well as the second-largest cluster – linked to various KTVs – which has 253 cases.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 380 in the week before to 281 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 99 in the week before to 84 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 28.1 and 12.0 respectively.

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27 require oxygen supplementation; 7 in ICU

At least 65,242 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 Friday, 380 cases are currently warded, most of whom are well and under observation.

There are currently 27 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation and seven in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Of those who have fallen very ill, 27 are patients above the age of 60, of whom 23 are completely unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, said the MOH.

Apart from the 47 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 9.2 per cent, while that for the fully vaccinated is 1.7 per cent, the ministry noted.

As of Thursday, about 8.53 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.46 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 4.2 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

Separately, 154,936 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Thursday, covering 84,281 individuals.

This means that 77 per cent of the population have completed their full regimen, or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and 82 per cent have received at least one dose.

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