SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (1 November) confirmed 2,470 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore – bringing the country's total case count to 200,844 – as well as 14 deaths due to the disease.
This comes five days after the ministry reported a single-day high of 5,324 cases, in what it described as an "unusual surge" within a relatively short window.
It also marks the 43rd day in a row with fatalities from COVID-19 reported in Singapore, with six people having succumbed to it this month.
The 408th through 421st COVID-19 deaths in Singapore were aged between 56 and 95. All had various underlying medical conditions, except for an unvaccinated individual.
Among the new cases, 2,467 are local – 2,189 are in the community while 278 are dormitory residents. The remaining three cases are imported.
Among the community cases are 407 cases aged 60 and above, said the MOH, adding that the ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before is 1.05.
Six active COVID-19 clusters are being closely monitored in Singapore, almost all of which are at senior residential or welfare homes.
Of the list of monitored clusters, the highest number of 11 new cases was each added to clusters at Acacia Home and the Institute of Mental Health, totalling 20 and 278 infections, respectively.
Seven new cases were also added to a cluster at the Jamiyah Home for the Aged's Tampines branch, bringing the total to 44.
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288 require oxygen supplementation; 129 in ICU
A total of 3,552 cases were discharged on Monday, of whom 464 are patients aged 60 and above, said the MOH.
Currently, 1,717 cases are warded in hospital. Over the last 28 days, of the 94,376 infected individuals, 98.7 per cent had no or mild symptoms.
There are currently 288 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation. A total of 129 cases are in the intensive care unit (ICU) – 67 are unstable and under close monitoring to prevent further deterioration, while 62 are critically ill and intubated.
The current overall ICU utilisation rate is 67.1 per cent, said the MOH. Last Tuesday, the ministry had said that it has triggered the next 100 ICU beds, which will be ready this week.
The MOH noted that over the past seven days, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who are critically ill in the ICU are at 0.5 and 4.5 per 100,000 population, respectively.
Over the same period, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who died are 0.1 and 0.9 per 100,000 population, respectively, it added.
Among those aged 60 and above, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who are critically ill in the ICU are 1.9 and 35.9, respectively. The number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated seniors who died are 0.3 and 8.2, respectively, said the MOH.
Apart from the 421 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 Sunday, 84 per cent of the population have completed their full regimen or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, 85 per cent have received at least one dose and 16 per cent have received their booster shots.
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