14 more COVID deaths and 3,174 new cases in Singapore; 171 in ICU

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Passengers from Amsterdam arrive at Changi Airport under Singapore’s expanded Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) quarantine-free travel scheme as the city-state opens its borders to more countries amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Singapore October 20, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su
Passengers from Amsterdam arrive at Changi Airport under Singapore’s expanded VTL quarantine-free travel scheme as the city-state opens its borders to more countries amidst the coronavirus disease pandemic on 20 October, 2021. (PHOTO: Reuters)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (25 October) confirmed 3,174 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore – bringing the country's total case count to 175,818 – as well as 14 deaths due to the disease.

Monday marks the 36th day in a row with fatalities from COVID-19 reported in Singapore, with 228 people having succumbed to it this month. It is also the seventh straight day with over 3,000 cases reported.

The 316th to 329th COVID-19 deaths in Singapore were aged between 60 and 93, all of whom had various underlying medical conditions.

Of the new cases, 3,165 are local infections: 2,843 are in the community and 322 reside in the migrant worker dormitories. The remaining nine are imported. 

Among the local cases are 457 people aged above 60, said the MOH, adding that the weekly infection growth rate is 1.18.

Seven active COVID-19 clusters are being closely monitored in Singapore, including five at senior residential or welfare homes.

Of the list of monitored clusters, the highest number of eight new cases was added to the cluster at the Institute of Mental Health. The cluster now has 116 cases, of whom 108 are residents while eight are staff members.

Seven new cases were added to the cluster at the Bukit Batok Home for the Aged, now totalling 154 infections. Of them, all but six – all staff members – are residents.

Five new cases were also added to the cluster at Banyan Home @ Pelangi Village, now totalling 71 infections. Of them, all but one – a staff member – are residents.

261 require oxygen supplementation; 171 in ICU

A total of 2,954 cases were discharged on Monday, of whom 428 are patients aged 60 and above, said the MOH.

Currently, 1,779 cases – or 6.9 per cent – are currently warded in hospital, most of whom are well and under observation. A total of 18,279 cases – or 71.3 per cent – are undergoing home recovery, while 4,626 cases are in community care facilities, and 952 are in COVID-19 treatment facilities.

There are currently 261 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation. A total of 171 cases are in the intensive care unit (ICU) – 107 are unstable and under close monitoring to prevent further deterioration, while 64 are critically ill and intubated.

The current overall ICU utilisation rate is 83.6 per cent, said the MOH.

The ministry added 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 4.2 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 noted.

Among those aged 60 and above, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who are critically ill in the ICU are 2.3 and 30.1, respectively. The number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated seniors who died are 0.4 and 8.0, respectively, said the MOH.

Apart from the 329 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 Sunday, about 9.79 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. 

Some 4.63 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 4.67 million having completed the full vaccination regimen. A total of 709,525 have taken their booster shots.

Separately, 239,146 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Sunday, covering 122,126 individuals.

This means that 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 13 per cent have received their booster shots.

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