SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (2 November) confirmed 3,496 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore – bringing the country's total case count to 204,340 – as well as nine deaths due to the disease.
This comes less than a week after the ministry reported a single-day high of 5,324 cases, in what it described as an "unusual surge" within a relatively short window.
It also marks the 44th day in a row with fatalities from COVID-19 reported in Singapore, with 14 people having succumbed to it within the first two days of this month.
The 422nd through to 430th fatalities in Singapore were aged between 53 and 93. All, except for two unvaccinated individuals, had various underlying medical conditions.
Among the new cases, 3,493 are local – 3,352 are in the community while 141 are dormitory residents. The remaining three cases are imported.
Among the community cases are 538 cases aged 60 and above, said the MOH, adding that the ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before is 1.09.
Seven active COVID-19 clusters are being closely monitored in Singapore, with the majority of them at senior residential or welfare homes.
Of the list of monitored clusters, the highest number of nine new cases was added to the clusters at the Institute of Mental Health, totalling 287 infections. Of them, 271 are patients while 16 are staff members.
Four new cases were added to a cluster at the NTUC Health Nursing Home's Geylang East branch, now totalling 11 infections. It has been classified as a transmission amongst residents.
One new case was also added to St Luke’s Hospital, bringing the total to 21. Of them, 17 are patients while four are staff members.
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308 require oxygen supplementation; 138 in ICU
A total of 3,006 cases were discharged on Tuesday, of whom 472 are patients aged 60 and above, said the MOH.
Currently, 1,710 cases are warded in hospital. Over the last 28 days, of the 94,388 infected individuals, 98.7 per cent had no or mild symptoms.
There are currently 308 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation. A total of 138 cases are in the intensive care unit (ICU) – 74 are unstable and under close monitoring to prevent further deterioration, while 64 are critically ill and intubated.
The current overall ICU utilisation rate is 72.7 per cent, up from Monday's 67.1 per cent. Last Tuesday, the ministry had said that it has triggered the next 100 ICU beds, which will be ready this week.
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 4.5 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 0.8 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 1.9 and 35.6, respectively. The number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated seniors who died are 0.3 and 7.6, respectively, said the MOH.
Apart from the 430 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 Monday, 84 per cent of the population have completed their full regimen or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, 85 per cent have received at least one dose and 16 per cent have received their booster shots.
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