241 new COVID cases in Singapore, including 110 unlinked

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Photo enthusiasts take a picture of a white-throated kingfisher on September 4, 2021 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Photo enthusiasts take a picture of a white-throated kingfisher on 4 September, 2021 in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (6 September) confirmed 241 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 68,901.

Of them, 235 are locally transmitted, including 110 unlinked infections. Among the cases are six patients above the age of 70 who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and are at risk of serious illness, said the MOH.

Six cases are imported, of whom four were detected upon their arrival here while two developed symptoms during their stay-home notice or isolation period.

Four clusters have closed, bringing the total number of active COVID-19 clusters to 53. One cluster of seven cases, previously named after case 70372, is now linked to 23 Kian Teck Road dormitory.

Monday's highest addition of 16 new cases was made to the North Coast Lodge dorm cluster, which now has 196 infections. Twelve new cases were added to the cluster linked to the Boon Lay bus interchange staff, which now has 126 infections.

Nine new cases were added to the cluster linked to the Toa Payoh bus interchange staff, which has 161 infections.

Five new cases were each added to the clusters linked to the Orient Goldsmiths & Jewellers staff, Changi General Hospital and Bugis Junction, which now have 17, 51, and 283 infections, respectively.

Bugis Junction is currently Singapore's second largest cluster to date. No new cases were added to Singapore's largest cluster at the Jurong Fishery Port, linked to 1,155 infections.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has increased from 723 in the week before to 1,325 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 146 in the week before to 573 in the past week.

It added that the seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 107.4 and 81.9 respectively.

21 require oxygen supplementation; 6 in ICU

At least 66,600 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 Monday, 637 cases are currently warded, most of whom are well and under observation.

There are currently 21 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation and six in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Of those who have fallen very ill, 19 are patients above the age of 60, of whom 12 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 6.6 per cent, while that for the fully vaccinated is 0.9 per cent, the ministry noted.

As of Sunday, about 8.79 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.53 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 4.38 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

Separately, 170,635 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Sunday, covering 86,101 individuals.

This means that 81 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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