4 of 7 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore local; none unlinked

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Cyclists along the bayfront in Singapore.
Cyclists along the bayfront in Singapore. (PHOTO: Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (3 July) confirmed seven new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 62,606.

Four of them are domestic cases, all of whom are linked to previous infections. Saturday marks the 69th consecutive day with local cases reported in Singapore.

The remaining three cases are imported, of whom one was detected upon arrival here, while two developed the illness during their stay-home notice or isolation period.

Two of the new domestic cases are linked to the 105 Henderson Crescent cluster, which now has a total of 20 cases. The remaining two are linked to the Changi General Hospital cluster, which now has a total of 18 cases. 

As there have been no more cases linked to the NTUC Foodfare (308 Anchorvale Road) and Case 63922 clusters for the past two incubation periods, or 28 days, the MOH announced that the clusters have been closed.

The ministry noted that overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 92 cases in the week before to 37 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 18 cases in the week before to 2 cases in the past week. In addition, the seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 5.0 and 0.3 respectively.

9 require oxygen supplementation; 2 in ICU

Over 62,000 cases in Singapore, or over 99 per cent of the total tally, have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 113 hospitalised cases are well and under observation. Of them, nine – seven of whom are unvaccinated – require oxygen supplementation. Two others – both aged above 60 and unvaccinated – are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Apart from the 36 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.

"There is continuing evidence that vaccination helps to prevent serious disease when one gets infected. Over the last 28 days, 23 local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to ICU or passed away," said the MOH.

Of the 23 cases, 20 are unvaccinated, three are partially vaccinated and none are fully vaccinated.

As of Friday, authorities have administered around 5.63 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines under the national vaccination drive. Close to 3.49 million – or some 60 per cent of Singapore's population – have received at least one dose of the vaccine, of which some 2.14 million are fully vaccinated.

The MOH on Tuesday announced that COVID-19 multi-ministry taskforce is changing the format of the daily COVID-19 press releases, as Singapore "move to a new phase of battling the pandemic, with a strong focus on preventing the virus from spreading, vaccinating our population and starting the process to transit to a new normal".

"Besides daily numbers, we will include information on the key trends of the local situation, clusters we are monitoring, the progress of vaccination, and the number of people who suffered severe form of the disease," it added.

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