22,201 new COVID cases, 15 more deaths in Singapore

People cycle and take pictures amid the COVID-19 Omicron wave at Merlion Park on February 26, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People cycle and take pictures at Merlion Park amid the coronavirus pandemic on 26 February, 2022 in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 22,201 new COVID-19 cases, up from 13,520 infections a day before, and 15 more deaths in Singapore on Tuesday (8 March).

The country's total case count now stands at 868,542. Over the last 28 days, 444,923 cases were reported, of whom 99.7 per cent had no or mild symptoms.

Of the new cases on Tuesday, 21,986, or 99 per cent, are local – 19,294 were detected via antigen rapid tests (ART), while 2,692 were detected via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.

The remaining 215 are imported, of whom 157 were detected via ART and 58 via PCR tests.

The additional 15 COVID-19 related deaths reported on Tuesday bring the total death toll here to 1,099.

The weekly infection growth rate – or ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before – remained at 0.95. This marks the seventh consecutive day that the rate dipped under one.

A figure of less than one means that the number of new weekly cases is on the decline.

A total of 16,667 cases were discharged, while 1,499 remain warded, up from 1,477 on Monday.

Of those still hospitalised, 190 require oxygen supplementation, while 49 are in the intensive care unit (ICU).

As of Monday, 91 per cent of the total population have completed the full vaccination regimen, while 69 per cent have received their booster shots.

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