3,445 new COVID cases in Singapore, 8 more deaths

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People wearing face masks walk around the Marina Bay in Singapore on Oct. 13, 2021. (Photo by Then Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images)
People wearing face masks walk around Marina Bay in Singapore on 13 Oct, 2021. (PHOTO: Xinhua via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (15 October) confirmed 3,445 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, bringing the country's total case count to 141,772, as well as eight more deaths due to the disease.

Friday marks the 26th day in a row with fatalities from COVID-19 reported in Singapore, with a total of 114 people here having succumbed to it thus far this month.

The 208th through 215th COVID-19 deaths in Singapore are all Singaporeans: seven men and one woman aged between 61 and 89. 

Of them, five had been unvaccinated against COVID-19, and three had been fully vaccinated. Seven had various underlying medical conditions, while one – who was unvaccinated – had no known medical conditions.

Of the new cases, 3,443 are local infections: 2,823 are in the community and 620 reside in the migrant worker dormitories. The remaining two are imported. Among the local cases are 572 people aged above 60, said the MOH.

Three active COVID-19 clusters at two nursing homes and one welfare home are being closely monitored.

Of the list of monitored clusters, the highest number of 11 new cases was added to the cluster at ECON Medicare Centre & Nursing Home at 10 Buangkok View Block 5. The cluster now has 55 cases, with all but one infection – a staff member – residents.

Five new cases were added to United Medicare Centre's Toa Payoh branch, now linked to 118 infections. Of them, 102 are residents, 15 are staff members and one is a household contact.

Three new cases were also added to the clusters at Acacia Home, now totalling 14 infections. Of the welfare home's cases, all but two – both staff members – are residents.

322 require oxygen supplementation; 48 in ICU

As of Friday, 1,593 cases – or 7.3 per cent – are currently warded in hospital, most of whom are well and under observation. A total of 16,513 cases – or 75.5 per cent – are undergoing home recovery, while 2,951 cases are in community care facilities, and 804 are in COVID-19 treatment facilities.

There are currently 322 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation and 48 in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Apart from the 215 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.

Over the last 28 days, of the 65,808 infected cases, 98.6 per cent had no or mild symptoms, 1.1 per cent required oxygen supplementation, 0.1 per cent required ICU care, and 0.2 per cent has died.

Among those who required oxygen supplementation and ICU over the last 28 days, 49.9 per cent were fully vaccinated and 50.1 per cent were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated. Among those who have died over the same period, 26.6 per cent were fully vaccinated and 73.4 per cent were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

As of Thursday, about 9.56 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.61 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 4.55 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

To date, about 780,000 eligible individuals have been invited to receive their booster doses – 525,212 of them have received their booster shots while another 110,000 have booked their appointments.

Separately, 223,551 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Thursday, covering 116,639 individuals.

This means that 84 per cent of the population have completed their full regimen or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and 85 per cent have received at least one dose.

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