Singapore confirms 2nd-highest count of 24,080 new COVID cases; 11 deaths

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In this photograph taken on February 18, 2022, people relax along the waterfront next to the Merlion statue in Singapore. - Rivals Singapore and Hong Kong have become pandemic polar opposites, the former opting to live with the coronavirus and reopen to the world while the latter doubles down on zero-Covid and its international isolation. - To go with AFP story Health-virus-Hong Kong-China-Singapore, FOCUS by Holmes Chan with Catherine Lai in Singapore (Photo by Roslan RAHMAN / AFP) / To go with AFP story Health-virus-Hong Kong-China-Singapore, FOCUS by Holmes Chan with Catherine Lai in Singapore (Photo by ROSLAN RAHMAN/AFP via Getty Images)
People relax along the waterfront next to the Merlion statue in Singapore on 18 February, 2022. (PHOTO: AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 24,080 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Tuesday (1 March), a week after hitting a record-high of 26,032 new infections.

It is the second-highest number of such infections ever recorded in a day in the city state, up from 13,554 on Monday, bringing the country's total case count to 748,504.

Of them, 23,891, or 99 per cent, are local – 21,025 were detected via antigen rapid tests (ART), while 2,866 were detected via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. A total of 2,749 local infections are aged 11 and below, up from 1,715 the previous day.

The remaining 189 are imported, of whom 105 were detected via ART and 84 via PCR tests.

A total of 11 COVID-19 related deaths were also reported on Tuesday, bringing the death toll here to 1,030.

The weekly infection growth rate – or ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before – was 1.02, down from 1.09 the day before. A figure of over one means that the number of new weekly cases is on the rise.

A total of 17,205 cases were discharged, while 1,726 remain warded, up from 1,649 on Monday.

Of those still hospitalised, 242 require oxygen supplementation, while 53 are in the intensive care unit (ICU).

As of Monday, 91 per cent of the total population have completed the full vaccination regimen, while 68 per cent have received their booster shots.

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