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910 new COVID cases in Singapore, 59th fatality confirmed

Yahoo News logo Yahoo News 16/9/2021 Staff Writer, Singapore
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SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Thursday (16 September) confirmed 910 new coronavirus cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 74,848.

The ministry also confirmed the death of a 72-year-old Singaporean woman from complications due to COVID-19, the city-state's 59th such fatality.

Before her death on Thursday, the woman had developed symptoms on 4 September, and tested positive for COVID-19 on 6 September. "She had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, and had a history of atypical chest pain, Graves’ disease, hypertension and dyslipidaemia," said the MOH.

Of Thursday's cases, 906 are local infections: 803 are in the community, while 103 are dormitory residents. Among the local cases are 244 people above the age of 60, said the MOH.

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

Daily new cases in Singapore are expected to rise to 1,000 over the upcoming weeks, and 2,000 by early October, if the current rate of infection persists, said authorities here.

76 require oxygen supplementation; 9 in ICU

Over 66,600 cases in Singapore, or some 99 per cent of the overall total, have fully recovered from their infection and have been discharged from the hospital.

As of Wednesday, 822 cases are currently warded, most of whom are well and under observation.

There are currently 76 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation and nine in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Of those who have fallen very ill, 66 are patients above the age of 60, said the MOH.

Apart from the 59 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, the percentage of local cases who were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms is 98.2 per cent. Of the 124 cases who required oxygen supplementation over the same period, 59 were not fully vaccinated and 65 were fully vaccinated. Of the nine who had been in the ICU over the same period, five were not fully vaccinated and four were fully vaccinated.

As of Tuesday, about 8.88 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.56 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 4.43 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

Separately, 179,086 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Tuesday, covering 86,731 individuals.

This means that 81 per cent of the population have completed their full regimen, or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and 84 per cent have received at least one dose.

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