COVID: 486 new community cases, Chinatown Complex closed for 4 days

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People seen walking along Orchard Road, in front of the Lucky Plaza mall, on 15 May 2021. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)
People seen walking along Orchard Road, in front of the Lucky Plaza mall, on 15 May 2021. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (11 September) confirmed 555 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 71,167.

These comprise 486 community cases, 64 dormitory residents cases and five imported cases.

708 cases are currently warded in hospital. There are also 35 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and seven in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Of those who have fallen very ill, 33 are seniors above 60 years.

Over the last 28 days, the percentage of unvaccinated who became severely ill or died is 4.6 per cent, while that for the fully vaccinated is 0.8 per cent.

As of Friday, 81 per cent of the population has completed their full vaccination regimen, and 84 per cent has received at least one dose.

A total of 8,846,497 doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme (Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty and Moderna). These cover 4,551,854 individuals, with 4,411,550 individuals having completed the full regimen.

In addition, 176,732 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered, covering 86,561 individuals.

Chinatown Complex closed

With a total of 66 cases currently linked to the Chinatown Complex (335 Smith Street) cluster, the complex will be closed to all members of the public from 3pm on Sunday to 1159pm on Wednesday.

63 of the cases work at Chinatown Complex, and the remaining three are household contacts of cases.

Persons who have logged in with SafeEntry to Chinatown Complex from 8-11 September will be issued Health Risk Alerts (HRA). They are strongly encouraged to go for a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test as soon as possible and to reduce their social interactions for 14 days.

Free testing will also be extended to members of the public who visited the complex in the same period but do not receive HRAs. More information can be found here.

MOH is also closely monitoring 14 active large clusters, which have already been ringfenced through tracing, testing and isolation. Besides Chinatown Complex, they include Bugis Junction (313 cases), Toa Payoh Bus Interchange staff (210 cases) and 30 Sunview Way construction site (115 cases).