934 new local COVID-19 infections in Singapore; rise in cases of serious illness

934 new local COVID-19 infections in Singapore; rise in cases of serious illness

17/9/2021 7:29:00 PM

934 new local COVID-19 infections in Singapore; rise in cases of serious illness

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 934 new local COVID-19 infections on Friday (Sep 17), comprising 838 community cases and 96 dormitory residents. Among the new local cases, 241 were seniors above the age of 60, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). There was also one imported case, taking the tota

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 934 new local COVID-19 infections on Friday (Sep 17), comprising 838 community cases and 96 dormitory residents.Among the new local cases, 241 were seniors above the age of 60, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).There was also one imported case, taking the total number of new infections reported on Friday to 935.

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LARGE CLUSTERSMOH said that it was monitoring a total of 12 large clusters with new cases.The cluster atOrange Valley Nursing Homein Simei has grown to 17. All the cases are residents, said MOH."Residents and staff on the affected levels have been tested. All other residents and staff will also undergo testing," it added.

A total of 256 cases have been linked to thecluster. The cases comprise 187 stallholders and assistants, 11 cleaners or safe distancing ambassadors, and 58 household contacts of workers.All new cases have been quarantined, said MOH.The cluster at Blue Stars Domitory has grown to a total of 71 cases while the cluster at Avery Lodge Dormitory now stands at 95. headtopics.com

A large cluster at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard currently has a total of 26 cases.HOSPITALISED CASESThere were 813 patients warded in hospital, most of whom were well and under observation, said MOH.Of these, 90 cases of serious illness required oxygen supplementation, and 14 were in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Among those who have fallen very ill, 82 were seniors above the age of 60, said MOH.Over the last 28 days, the proportion of local cases who were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms was 98.2 per cent.VACCINATIONMOH said 82 per cent of the population has completed their full vaccination regimen or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, while 84 per cent has received at least one dose as of Thursday.

More than 8.9 million doses of vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme, covering about 4.56 million people, of whom 4.43 million have completed the full regimen.Another 181,531 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization's emergency use listing have been administered, covering 86,891 people.

As of Friday, Singapore has reported a total of 75,783 COVID-19 cases and 59 deaths from the disease.DAILY COVID-19 CASES EXPECTED TO REACH 1,000 SOONHealth Minister Ong Ye Kung said Singapore should be prepared to see daily COVID-19 casesexceed the 1,000 mark headtopics.com

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soon.Mr Ong noted on Friday that it is currently day 26 of the current wave, and that daily cases have been doubling about every week.“I think let’s be prepared to likely cross the 1,000 mark soon. It is not unexpected, it’s a typical behaviour of a transmission wave that typically peaks between four and up to eight weeks, or 30, 40 sometimes 50 days," he said.

The Health Ministry also announced that the home recovery scheme for fully vaccinated COVID-19 patients will be expanded from Saturday to include.To be eligible for home recovery, patients must have no severe comorbidities or illnesses.They must also be able to self-isolate in a room, preferably with an attached bathroom, and have no household members who are over the age of 80 or are in one of the vulnerable groups.

MOH added that travellers who have been to Indonesia within the last 21 days prior to arrival will beallowed to transit through Singaporestarting 11.59pm on Wednesday.Those travelling from Poland and Saudi Arabia will also be allowed to serve a seven day stay-home notice at a place of accommodation starting on the same day.

The Ministry of Health reviewed the COVID-19 situation in these countries and classified them under category II. Other countries in this category include Australia, Canada, Brunei and Germany.Travellers from these countries or regions are required to take a pre-departure polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 48 hours, an on-arrival test, and a Day 7 stay-home notice exit PCR test. headtopics.com

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