95 new COVID cases in Singapore, 30 unlinked

People buy groceries at a stall in Singapore's Little India on July 20, 2021. Singapore's Ministry of Health MOH reported 195 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the total tally in the country to 63,440. The ministry also announced on Tuesday that Singapore will be further tightening community safe management measures by going back to Phase 2 Heightened Alert, which will take effect from July 22 through August 18. (Photo by Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images)
People buy groceries at a stall in Singapore's Little India on 20 July, 2021. (PHOTO: Xinhua via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (4 August) reported 95 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 65,410.

It also announced Singapore's 39th COVID-19 related fatality, a 58-year-old Singaporean woman. It is the second such death here in less than a week.

There are 92 new locally transmitted infections, of whom 30 are unlinked. The ministry did not provide a breakdown of how many of them are in the community or are dormitory residents.

Among the local cases is one patient above the age of 70 who is unvaccinated and is at risk of serious illness.

Also detected were three imported infections, of whom one was detected upon arrival here, while two developed the illness during their stay-home notice or isolation period.

Twelve new clusters were announced on Wednesday, bringing the total number of active COVID-19 clusters in Singapore to 112. All of them are named after case numbers and are altogether linked to 44 cases. The MOH did not provide any details on the cases the clusters are named after.

On Wednesday, nine new cases were added to Singapore's largest cluster at the Jurong Fishery Port, now linked to 1,115 cases. One new infection was added to the second-largest cluster, linked to various KTVs, which has 252 cases.

Of those linked to the port, the MOH said seven cases are those who worked in or visited Yuhua Hawker Centre at 347 Jurong East Avenue 1, where COVID-19 transmission is likely ongoing.

To break the chain of transmission and enable deep cleaning of the premises, the hawker centre will be closed to all members of the public from Thursday to 19 August. All individuals who work in the hawker centre have been placed on quarantine.

Free COVID-19 testing will be extended to members of the public who had visited the place between 21 July and 4 August.

The MOH also noted that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 915 in the week before to 758 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from 202 in the week before to 235 in the past week.

It added that the seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 74.7 and 33.6 respectively.

The ministry separately announced that visitors to all hospitals wards in Singapore will be barred from Thursday through to 18 August following the detection of more COVID-19 cases in the community.

This comes a day after the ministry announced eight new COVID-19 clusters, including one at Changi General Hospital (CGH). The latest cluster is not linked to an older one at the hospital that was closed on 31 July.

42 require oxygen supplementation; 7 in ICU

At least 63,357 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 Wednesday, 555 cases are currently warded, most of whom are well and under observation.

There are currently 42 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation and seven in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Eight among the 49 cases are fully vaccinated – six require oxygen supplementation while two require ICU care as they have underlying medical conditions, said the MOH.

Among them are also 37 patients above the age of 60, of whom 31 are completely unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, who have fallen very ill, it added.

Apart from the 39 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, 77 local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to the ICU, or died. Of them, 45 are unvaccinated, 24 are partially vaccinated and eight are fully vaccinated.

As of Tuesday, about 7.77 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.33 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 3.56 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

This means that 64 per cent of the population have completed their full regimen, or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines under the national vaccination programme, and 77 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 Tuesday, 113,767 doses of the China-made vaccine have been administered to 76,571 individuals.

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