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1,178 new COVID cases, 3 more deaths reported in Singapore

Yahoo News logo Yahoo News 21/9/2021 Staff Writer, Singapore
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SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (21 September) confirmed 1,178 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 79,899.

The MOH also announced three new COVID-19 deaths. The city-state's 63rd through 65th fatalities from the COVID-19 complications are a Singaporean woman and two Singaporean men, aged 62, 74, and 83, respectively.

The woman, who died on Monday, tested positive for COVID-19 on 23 July and was admitted to the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital the next day. She had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, and had a history of hypertension and high cholesterol.

The younger man, who died on Sunday, was admitted to the Tan Tock Seng Hospital on 31 August for an unrelated medical condition and tested negative for COVID-19 upon admission. Another test taken on 9 September came back positive for COVID-19. The man had been partially vaccinated against COVID-19, and had a history of chronic kidney disease, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and high cholesterol.

Of Tuesday's cases, 1,173 are local infections: 1,038 are in the community, while 135 are dormitory residents. Among the local cases are 311 people above the age of 60, said the MOH.

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

Nine active COVID-19 clusters in Singapore are being closely monitored, said the MOH.

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

This story will be updated later.

147 require oxygen supplementation; 17 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 Tuesday, 1,109 cases are currently warded, most of whom are well and under observation.

There are currently 147 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation and 17 in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Of those who have fallen very ill, 135 are patients above the age of 60, said the MOH.

Apart from the 65 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 per cent. Over the same period, 210 cases required oxygen supplementation, 21 had been in the ICU, and six died.

As of Sunday, about 8.96 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 4.45 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

Separately, 183,409 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Sunday, covering 87,084 individuals.

This means that 82 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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