78 new COVID-19 cases detected in Singapore; 21 unlinked

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Office workers seen at the Raffles Place financial business district in Singapore on 5 August. (PHOTO: Getty Images)
Office workers seen at the Raffles Place financial business district in Singapore on 5 August. (PHOTO: Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (8 August) reported the detection of 78 new cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 65,764.

There are 73 new local infections, said the ministry in a news release. Of these, 43 are linked to past cases and have already been quarantined, while nine are linked to previous cases and were detected through surveillance. 

Also reported were 21 new unlinked cases, said MOH. 

Among the new cases are also five seniors above the age of 70 who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and are at risk of falling seriously ill.

Also detected were five imported cases, all of whom were placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon their arrival in Singapore. All these cases were detected upon their arrival in the country.

Overall, the MOH said, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 861 cases in the week before to 571 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 260 cases in the week before to 160 cases in the past week. 

The seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 58.7 and 22.9 respectively.

Two new clusters

The Health Ministry also announced the addition of two new clusters – both are linked to case numbers and have three infections each. 

In total, there are currently 130 active clusters, ranging between 3 and 1,147 infections.

The largest cluster – Jurong Fishery Port cluster – has 1,417 cases currently. 

37 require oxygen supplementation; eight in ICU

A total of 542 cases are currently warded in hospital, most of whom are well and under observation. 

There are currently 37 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and eight in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU). Six among these 45 cases are fully vaccinated – four require oxygen supplementation while two require ICU care as they have underlying medical conditions. A total of 34 seniors above 60 years, of whom 29 are completely unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, have fallen very ill.

Over the last 28 days, 95 local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to ICU or died. Of these, 59 are unvaccinated, 27 are partially vaccinated and nine are fully vaccinated.

Apart from the 42 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.

As of Saturday, about 8.04 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.36 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 3.81 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

This means that 69 per cent of the population have completed their full regimen, or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines under the national vaccination programme, and 79 per cent have received at least one dose.

Those who have received the Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine locally are not included in Singapore's national vaccination numbers. As of Saturday, 130,952 doses of the China-made vaccine have been administered to 81,612 individuals.

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