Singapore reports 11,504 new COVID cases, highest in over 3 months

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Office workers go for lunch in the central business district in Singapore. (Reuters file photo)
Office workers go for lunch in the central business district in Singapore. (Reuters file photo)

SINGAPORE — Singapore on Tuesday (28 June) reported 11,504 new COVID-19 cases, the highest in a day in over three months.

It is the highest since Singapore announced 13,166 new cases on 22 March.

At 10,732 new local and 772 imported cases in total, Tuesday's figure is more than double that of Monday's 5,309 infections.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 cases detected in Singapore so far to 1,425,171, according to the Ministry of Health's (MOH) website.

One more person died from COVID-19, bringing the total death toll here to 1,410. On Monday, Singapore reported its first COVID-19 fatality who was aged below 12.

Singapore's weekly COVID-19 infection growth rate rose to 1.62 on Tuesday, up from 1.56 on Monday.

The rate refers to the ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before, where a figure of more than one means that the number of new weekly cases is increasing.

A total of 437 patients have been hospitalised, including 36 patients who require oxygen supplementation and nine who are in the intensive care unit.

Singapore is now facing its next wave of Omicron infections, earlier than a previous prediction of July or August, possibly because many have travelled overseas during the June school holidays, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung on Tuesday.

About 45 per cent of the COVID-19 cases in the community in the past week were cases with Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, up from 30 per cent the week before, said MOH on Monday. However, international and local data show that the two subvariants do not result in more severe outcomes compared with the earlier Omicron strains, according to MOH.

MOH will not be making changes to the current COVID-19 safe management measures but will monitor the situation closely, and do not rule out the need to tighten them "should the need arise", it added.

As of Monday, 92 per cent of the city-state's total population had completed their full COVID-19 vaccine regimen, while 78 per cent had received their booster shots.

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