79 of 161 new COVID cases in Singapore unlinked; 2 new clusters

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A woman hangs her clothes at the balcony apartment on August 30, 2021 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A woman hangs her clothes at the balcony apartment on 30 August, 2021 in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (31 August) confirmed 161 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 67,620.

Of the new cases, 156 are locally transmitted, including 79 unlinked infections.

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

In addition, there are five imported cases, of whom three were detected upon their arrival here, while two developed the illness during their stay-home notice or isolation period.

Two new clusters were announced on Tuesday, bringing the total number of active COVID-19 clusters here to 70. Both new clusters, linked to cases 69739 and 69690, are linked to four and three cases respectively. The ministry did not provide details on the two cases.

The highest addition of 15 new cases was added to the cluster at the North Coast Lodge dormitory, bringing the total to 166. This is followed by 13 new cases added to the cluster linked to Boon Lay bus interchange staff members, which now has 50 infections.

Eleven new cases were also added to the Bugis Junction cluster, now linked to 222 infections, while seven new cases were added to the cluster linked to the Toa Payoh bus interchange staff members, which now has 85 infections.

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 increased from 290 in the week before to 771 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 105 in the week before to 198 in the past week.

It added that the seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 81.9 and 28.3 respectively.

19 require oxygen supplementation; 5 in ICU

At least 66,132 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 Tuesday, 463 cases are currently warded, most of whom are well and under observation.

There are currently 19 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, 15 are patients above the age of 60, of whom eight 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 8.3 per cent, while that for the fully vaccinated is 1.2 per cent, the ministry noted.

As of Monday, about 8.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.51 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 4.32 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

Separately, 167,242 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Monday, covering 85,688 individuals.

This means that 80 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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