COVID death toll in Singapore crosses 500 as 14 more die; 2,470 new cases

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People cross a road, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Singapore November 3, 2021. REUTERS/Caroline Chia
People wearing masks cross a road in Singapore on 3 November, 2021. (PHOTO: Reuters)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (8 November) confirmed 2,470 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore – bringing the country's total case count to 220,803 – as well as 14 deaths due to the disease.

Monday marks the 50th day in a row with fatalities from COVID-19 reported in Singapore, with 95 people having succumbed to it so far this month.

It is also the second day in a row where the city-state reported over 2,000 cases.

The 498th to 511th fatalities here were aged between 56 and 98. All of them had various underlying medical conditions.

Among Monday's new cases, 2,463 are local – 2,307 are in the community while 156 are dormitory residents. The remaining seven cases are imported.

Among the community cases are 425 cases who are aged 60 years and above, the MOH said.

The ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before is 0.84, up from Sunday's 0.81. This is the sixth day in a row that the figure was reported to be below one by authorities.

Five active COVID-19 clusters are being closely monitored in Singapore, of which almost all are nursing or welfare homes.

Of the listed clusters, the highest number of seven new cases was added to the cluster at the Institute of Mental Health. The cluster, the largest of the five, has 397 cases – 371 patients and 26 staff members.

Four new cases were added to the cluster at MWS Nursing Home's Yew Tee branch, totalling 14 infections among residents. Three new cases were also added to the cluster at Acacia Home, totalling 44 infections.

301 require oxygen supplementation; 129 in ICU

A total of 3,216 cases were discharged on Monday, of whom 479 are patients aged 60 and above, said the MOH.

Currently, 1,725 cases are warded in hospital. Over the last 28 days, of the 91,425 infected individuals, 98.7 per cent had no or mild symptoms.

There are currently 301 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation.

A total of 129 cases are in the intensive care unit (ICU) – 62 are unstable and under close monitoring to prevent further deterioration, while 67 are critically ill and intubated.

The current overall ICU utilisation rate is 68.5 per cent, down from Sunday's 69.9 per cent.

The MOH noted that over the past seven days, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who are critically ill in the ICU are at 0.5 and 5.2 per 100,000 population, respectively.

Over the same period, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who died are 0.1 and 0.9 per 100,000 population, respectively, it added.

Among those aged 60 and above, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who are critically ill in the ICU are 1.8 and 43.1, respectively. The number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated seniors who died are 0.4 and 9.4, respectively, said the MOH.

Apart from the 511 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.

As of Sunday, 85 per cent of the population have completed their full regimen or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, 86 per cent have received at least one dose and 18 per cent have received their booster shots.

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