New COVID cases in Singapore tripled to 13,208, 6 deaths reported

People in protective mask take photo with a lantern display during the River Hongbao festival, held as part of the Chinese New Year celebration at Gardens by the Bay on February 3, 2022 in Singapore. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People gathering for the Chinese New Year celebration at Gardens by the Bay on 3 February 2022 (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (4 February) confirmed 13,208 new COVID cases, tripling from 4,297 cases a day earlier.

Of the new cases, almost 99 per cent – or 13,046 – are local, comprising 2,734 confirmed through polymerase (PCR) tests and 10,312 detected through antigen rapid tests (ART). The remaining are 162 imported cases, comprising 138 confirmed through PCR and 24 detected through ART.

The country's total case count now stands at 379,681.

There were six COVID-19 related deaths reported on Friday, bringing the total number of people who have succumbed to the disease here to 866.

The weekly infection growth rate – or ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before – rose to 1.39 on Friday, from 1.23 a day earlier.

A total of 5,936 cases were discharged, while 998 remain warded. Of those still hospitalised, 96 require oxygen supplementation, while 15 are in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Over the last 28 days, of the 85,357 infected individuals, 99.7 per cent had no or mild symptoms.

As of Thursday, the total number of individuals who have completed their full regimen or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines is 92 per cent of the eligible population.

Among the total population, 89 per cent have done so, while 91 per cent have received at least one dose, and 59 per cent have received their booster shots.