People wearing protective face masks in Singapore on Jul 12, 2021. (Photo: Marcus Mark Ramos)
SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 2,909 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Friday (Oct 1) and eight more deaths from complications due to the coronavirus.
Seven of the fatalities were Singaporean men and one was a Singaporean woman.
They were aged between 66 and 96 years, said the Ministry of Health (MOH), which listed the eight as cases 73375, 76228, 78363, 81708, 85439, 91179, 93933, and 97170.
Among them, four had been unvaccinated against COVID-19, two had been partially vaccinated and two had been vaccinated.
All of them had various underlying medical conditions, said the ministry.
Singapore’s death toll now stands at 103.
Of the new cases, 2,897 were locally transmitted infections, comprising 2,079 cases in the community and 818 dormitory residents.
Among these cases were 556 seniors above the age of 60, said MOH in its daily update released to the media at 11.20pm.
There were also 12 imported cases, with seven detected upon arrival in Singapore and five who developed the illness during the stay-home notice or isolation period.
As of Friday, Singapore has reported a total of 99,430 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.
There were 1,356 patients warded in hospital, most of them well and under observation, said MOH.
Among them were 222 cases who required oxygen supplementation, and 34 in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU). Of those who fell very ill, 214 were above the age of 60.
Over the last 28 days, the percentage of local cases who were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms was 98.2 per cent.
In that period, 471 cases required oxygen supplementation and 52 had been in the ICU. Of these, 51.1 per cent were fully vaccinated and 48.9 per cent were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
MOH said it was currently “closely monitoring” 10 active large clusters – eight dormitories, Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre, as well as a nursing home.
With 442 COVID-19 infections, the cluster at Blue Stars Dormitory in Jurong West is the largest with 21 new cases.
All the dormitory clusters involve intra-dormitory transmission among residents with no evidence of spread beyond the dormitory, said MOH.
There was one new case at the cluster at Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre, bringing the total to 165 infections.
Of the cases, 150 are workers at the market, four are trade visitors and 11 are household members of cases, said MOH.
As of Thursday, 82 per cent of Singapore’s population has completed a full vaccination regimen or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, while 85 per cent has received at least one dose.
More than 9.2 million doses have been administered under the national vaccination programme, including 236,849 booster jabs, said MOH.
Another 198,533 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s emergency use listing have been administered, covering 101,290 people.
Seniors who visit hawker centres have been encouraged to order takeaway instead of dining in given the increase in COVID-19 cases.
“They should in particular avoid dine-in meals or chats over drinks at hawker centres at this time,” said the National Environment Agency (NEA) earlier on Friday.
Seniors can also consider getting their household members to buy food on their behalf where possible, the agency added.
The advisory comes a day after the Agency of Integrated Care “strongly urged” seniors aged 60 and above, as well as those living with them, to stay at home for the next four weeks to reduce their chances of contracting COVID-19.
“The recent rise in COVID-19 cases has seen seniors at higher risk of developing serious health complications if infected,” said NEA.
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8 more COVID-19 deaths as Singapore reports 2909 new cases – CNA