66% of 5,996 new COVID cases in Singapore detected via ART

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A woman wearing protective mask cycles past an art installation paying homage to the frontliners amid the COVID-19 pandemic on November 14, 2021 in Singapore.  (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A woman cycles past an art installation paying homage to front-liners amid the COVID-19 pandemic on 14 November, 2021 in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — Singapore on Tuesday (25 January) reported 5,996 new COVID-19 cases of whom some 66 per cent were detected by antigen rapid tests (ART), an indication that they had no or mild symptoms.

The daily count is almost two times the 2,624 new cases reported a day earlier.

Of the new cases on Tuesday, 5,578 cases are local, including 1,662 detected by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests and 3,916 detected by ART, according to the Ministry of Health (MOH) figures published on its website.

A total of 418 cases are imported, with 400 detected by PCR tests while 18 by ART.

This brings Singapore's total COVID-19 case count to 322,770.

Two COVID-19 related deaths were reported on Tuesday, bringing the total number of people who have succumbed to the disease here to 850.

Singapore's weekly COVID-19 infection growth rate also slightly dipped to 2.68, down from 2.69 a day earlier.

The rate refers to the ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before. A figure of over one means that the number of new weekly cases is on the rise.

A total of 3,067 cases were discharged, while 509 remain warded. Of those still hospitalised, 35 require oxygen supplementation, while 10 are in the intensive care unit (ICU).

The MOH did not provide Tuesday's overall ICU utilisation rate. Over the last 28 days, of the 33,525 infected individuals, 99.7 per cent had no or mild symptoms.

As of Monday, the total number of individuals who have completed their full regimen or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines is 91 per cent of the eligible population.

Among the total population, 88 per cent have done so, while 91 per cent have received at least one dose, and 56 per cent have received their booster shots.

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