68 new cases of COVID-19 infection in S’pore; 60 locally transmitted cases, 29 belong to KTV cluster

68 new cases of COVID-19 infection in S’pore; 60 locally transmitted cases, 29 belong to KTV cluster

As of Saturday noon (17 July), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 68 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.

This brings the total number of infection cases to 62,981.

There are 60 new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection, of which 29 belong to the KTV cluster.

This would mean that the KTV cluster is now linked to 149 cases.

Of the 60 cases today, 33 are linked to previous cases, and have already been placed on quarantine. 22 are linked to previous cases and were detected through surveillance.

Five are currently unlinked.

In addition, there are eight new imported cases, who had been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. One was detected upon arrival in Singapore, while seven developed the illness during SHN or isolation.

The Ministry will share further updates in its press release tonight.

Condition of confirmed cases & progress of national vaccination programme

According to last night’s press release, 184 cases are currently warded in hospital. Most are well and under observation.

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

“As of 14 July 2021, we have administered a total of 6,570,666 doses of COVID-19 vaccines under the national vaccination programme,” said MOH.

“The total number of doses administered was 6,570,666, covering 4,096,705 individuals. 2,545,838 individuals have completed the full vaccination regimen, consisting of 71,877 recovered persons who received at least one dose and 2,473,961 who received their second dose.”

MOH to stop providing details of COVID-19 community cases

As Singapore moves towards a new phase of battling the pandemic, the MOH said in a statement on 29 June that it will no longer disclose details of each new COVID-19 case detected in the community.

“Besides daily numbers, we will include information on the key trends of the local situation, clusters we are monitoring, progress of vaccination and the number of people who suffered a severe form of the disease,” said the Ministry.

According to the MOH, this decision was made by the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force, with a “strong focus on preventing the virus from spreading, vaccinating our population and starting the process to transit to a new normal”.

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