Of 26 new COVID cases in Singapore, 8 local

A doctor injects a woman with Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at a private clinic in Singapore on July 6, 2021. (Photo by Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images)
A doctor injects a woman with Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine at a private clinic in Singapore on 6 July, 2021. (PHOTO: Xinhua via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (12 July) confirmed 26 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 62,718.

Eight of them are domestic cases in the community, of whom five are linked to previous infections. This comes two days after authorities announced that there were no new domestic infections on Saturday – the first time in 76 days.

The remaining eighteen cases are imported, of whom 13 were detected upon their arrival here, while five developed the illness during their stay-home notice or isolation period.

Two new clusters – "Case 64693" and "Case 64697" – were identified on Monday, bringing the total number of active clusters in Singapore to 22. Both clusters are linked to three and four cases, respectively. The ministry did not provide any details on both case 64693 and 64697, as well as the infections linked to them.

The largest active cluster in Singapore remains at the 115 Bukit Merah View market, linked to 94 cases.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 28 in the week before to 19 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from four in the week before to 10 in the past week.

It added that the 7-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 1.3 and 1.4 respectively.

The ministry also announced that it is investigating cases of COVID-19 amongst Vietnamese social hostesses who had frequented KTV lounges or clubs currently operating as food and beverage (F&B) outlets, and their close social contacts.

6 require oxygen supplementation; 2 in ICU

Over 62,000 cases in Singapore, or over 99 per cent of the total tally, have fully recovered from the infection.

As of Monday, 80 cases are currently warded in the hospital, most of whom are well and under observation. There are currently six cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and two in critical condition – both aged above 60 – in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Apart from the 36 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.

"There is continuing evidence that vaccination helps to prevent serious disease when one gets infected. Over the last 28 days, 22 local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to ICU, or passed away," said the MOH.

Of the 22 cases, 18 are unvaccinated, four are partially vaccinated and none was fully vaccinated.

As of Sunday, 6.3 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 3.98 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, of which some 2.32 million are fully vaccinated.

Those who have received the Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine locally are not included in Singapore's national vaccination numbers. As of 3 July, 17,296 people here have received one dose of the Chinese-made vaccine.

The MOH last Monday said that it is investigating an incident involving a 16-year-old boy who suffered a cardiac arrest after lifting weights six days into receiving his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

The boy remains in critical condition at the National University Hospital's ICU.

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