COVID-19: Singapore reports 3,058 new cases, 9 more deaths

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An officer stands at the entrance of a market to manage the flow of people in an attempt to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Singapore on October 9, 2021. / AFP / Roslan RAHMAN
An officer stands at the entrance of a market to manage the flow of people in an attempt to curb the spread of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Singapore on October 9, 2021. / AFP / Roslan RAHMAN

SINGAPORE — Another nine individuals in Singapore have succumbed to the coronavirus, as the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 3,058 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (17 October), bringing the country's total case count to 148,178.

Of the new cases, 3,055 are local infections: 2,454 are in the community and 601 reside in the migrant worker dormitories. The remaining three are imported. Among the local cases are 469 people aged above 60, said the MOH.

Among the dead are six male Singaporeans and three female Singaporeans – aged between 57 and 100 years old. Among them, seven had been unvaccinated against COVID-19, the ministry said, and two were vaccinated. Eight of them had various underlying medical conditions, while an unvaccinated case had no known medical conditions.

Five clusters, the ministry said, are being closely monitored. Among them are two preschools: Learning Vision @ Changi Airport and MY World Preschool @ Hougang Dewcourt. They have 17 and 14 cases respectively. 

The other three are care and nursing homes: Apex Harmony Lodge with 12 cases, ECON Medicare Centre & Nursing Home with 63 cases, and MWS Christalite Methodist Home with 109 cases. 

327 require oxygen supplementation; 66 in ICU

As of Sunday, 1,651 cases – or 7.8 per cent – are currently warded in hospital, most of whom are well and under observation. A total of 15,918 cases – or 74.8 per cent – are undergoing home recovery, while 2,986 cases are in community care facilities, and 734 are in COVID-19 treatment facilities.

There are currently 327 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation and 66 in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Over the last 28 days, of the 69,205 infected cases, 98.6 per cent had no or mild symptoms, 1.1 per cent required oxygen supplementation, 0.1 per cent required ICU care, and 0.2 per cent has died.

Among those who required oxygen supplementation and ICU over the last 28 days, 48.5 per cent were fully vaccinated and 51.5 per cent were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Among those who have died over the same period, 25.9 per cent were fully vaccinated and 74.1 per cent were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

Apart from the 233 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.

As of Saturday, about 9.63 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.62 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 4.56 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

To date, about 780,000 eligible individuals have been invited to receive their booster doses – 577,069 of them have received their booster shots while another 88,000 have booked their appointments.

Separately, 225,792 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Saturday, covering 117,738 individuals.

This means that 84 per cent of the population have completed their full regimen or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and 85 per cent have received at least one dose.

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