SINGAPORE — Singapore's weekly COVID-19 infection growth rate on Wednesday (2 March) dipped to 0.98, making it the first time a figure below one was reported since 3 January's 0.94.
The rate – or ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before – was 1.02 on Tuesday. A figure of less than one means that the number of new weekly cases is on the decline.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) also confirmed 19,159 new COVID-19 cases, down from 24,080 – Singapore's second-highest in a day – a day before.
Of them, 18,999, or some 99 per cent, are local – 16,374 were detected via antigen rapid tests (ART) and 2,625 via polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. A total of 2,386 local infections are aged 11 and below, down from 2,749 the previous day.
The remaining 160 are imported – 108 were detected via ART and 52 via PCR tests.
The country's total case count now stands at 767,663. Over the last 28 days, 400,433 cases were reported, of whom 99.7 per cent had no or mild symptoms.
A total of 10 COVID-19 related deaths were also reported on Wednesday, bringing the death toll here to 1,040.
A total of 14,722 cases were discharged, while 1,708 remain warded, down from 1,726 on Tuesday.
Of those still hospitalised, 215 require oxygen supplementation, while 51 are in the intensive care unit (ICU).
As of Tuesday, 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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