3 of 16 new COVID cases in Singapore local, 2 unlinked

Two men wait outside a clinic after receiving the the China made COVID-19 Sinovac vaccine on June 24, 2021 in Singapore. Singapore allowed the usage of the Sinovac vaccine under the Special Access Route (SAR) framework even though the vaccine remains unregistered and is not authorised by the Health Sciences Authority (HSA). Under the SAR, COVID-19 vaccines approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for Emergency Use List (EUL) can be imported and supplied by private healthcare institutions. This will allow individuals an alternative to choose other than the city state approved vaccine, such as Pfzer-BioNTech and Moderna. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Two men wait outside a clinic after receiving the Sinovac coronavirus vaccine on 24 June, 2021 in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (8 July) confirmed 16 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 62,668.

Three of them are domestic cases in the community, one of whom is linked to previous infections. Thursday marks the 74th consecutive day with local cases reported in Singapore.

The remaining thirteen cases are imported, of whom 12 were detected upon their arrival here, while one developed the illness during their stay-home notice or isolation period.

The sole linked community case has been added to the "Case 64599" cluster, which was announced on Thursday, now comprising of five cases. No details were given on case 64599 or the other infections linked to the cluster.

With the closure of the Changi Prison Complex cluster – linked to 16 cases – Singapore now has 22 active COVID-19 clusters.

The largest active cluster in Singapore remains at the 115 Bukit Merah View market, linked to 94 cases.

The MOH said that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 58 in the week before to 23 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from eight in the week before to nine in the past week.

It added that the seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 2.0 and 1.3 respectively.

10 require oxygen supplementation; 2 in ICU

Over 62,000 cases in Singapore, or over 99 per cent of the total tally, have fully recovered from the infection.

As of Thursday, 84 cases are currently warded in the hospital, most of whom are well and under observation. There are currently 10 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and two in critical condition – both aged above 60 and unvaccinated – in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Apart from the 36 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.

"There is continuing evidence that vaccination helps to prevent serious disease when one gets infected. Over the last 28 days, 23 local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to ICU, or passed away," said the MOH.

Of the 23 cases, 20 are unvaccinated, three are partially vaccinated and none was fully vaccinated.

As of Wednesday, 6.01 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 3.79 million – or some 65 per cent of Singapore's population – have received at least one dose of the vaccine, of which some 2.22 million are fully vaccinated.

Those who have received the Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine locally are not included in Singapore's national vaccination numbers. As of 3 July, 17,296 people here have received one dose of the Chinese-made vaccine.

The MOH on Monday said that it is investigating an incident involving a 16-year-old boy who suffered a cardiac arrest after lifting weights six days into receiving his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

The boy had collapsed at home on Saturday and remains in critical condition at the National University Hospital's ICU.

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