Singapore's total COVID cases exceed 100,000 with 2,356 new infections, 4 more deaths

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People take their antigen rapid test under supervision, at a Quick Test Centre during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Singapore September 28, 2021. REUTERS/Edgar Su
People take their antigen rapid test under supervision at a Quick Test Centre in Singapore on 28 September 2021. (PHOTO: Reuters)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (2 October) reported 2,356 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore – taking the country's total case count to surpass the 100,000 mark at 101,786 – and four more deaths due to the disease.

Of the new cases, 1,938 are in the community, 412 in the migrant worker dormitories and six are imported. Amongst the local cases are 513 seniors who are above 60 years.

Saturday marks the 13th day in a row where fatalities from the virus have been reported. The four COVID-19 fatalities are all Singaporeans: three women and one man aged between 55 and 80 years. 

All of them had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, and had various underlying medical conditions. In total, 107 have died from complications due to the disease.

The authorities are closely monitoring 13 clusters with large number of infections including nine dormitories. The three with the largest number of total cases are Blue Stars Dormitory with 483 total including 41 new infections, Avery Lodge with 415 total including 18 new infections, and Woodlands Dormitory with 392 total and 38 new infections. 

As of Saturday, 1,422 COVID-19 cases are currently warded in hospital, most of whom are well and under observation. There are currently 243 cases requiring oxygen supplementation, and 31 in the intensive care unit. Of those who have fallen very ill, 233 are seniors above 60 years.

Over the last 28 days, the percentage of local cases who were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms is 98.2 per cent. A total of 504 cases required oxygen supplementation and 53 had been in the ICU. Of these, 49 have died, of whom 26.5 per cent were fully vaccinated and 73.5 per cent were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

As of Friday, about 9.2 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.59 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 4.49 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

To date, about 500,000 eligible seniors have been invited to receive their booster doses – 258,043 of them have received their booster shots while another 102,000 have booked their appointments.

Separately, 200,358 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Friday, covering 102,915 individuals.

This means that 82 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.

At a virtual conference on Saturday, co-chair of the multi-ministry COVID-19 taskforce Lawrence Wong said many people in Singapore will end up catching COVID-19, and there is no need to be fearful or embarrassed about it.

But the Finance Minister also said the current rise in COVID cases may not be "the last wave" in Singapore. 

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