As of Friday noon (20 Aug), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 40 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
This brings the total number of infection cases to 66,406.
There are 36 new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection, of which 19 are linked to previous cases and have been placed on quarantine.
Three are linked to previous cases and were detected through surveillance. 14 are currently unlinked.
Amongst the cases are two seniors above 70 years who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and are at risk of serious illness, said MOH.
In addition, there are four new imported cases, who have been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Three were detected upon arrival in Singapore, while one 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, 391 cases are currently warded in hospital. Most are well and under observation.
There are currently 29 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and eight in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).
MOH also confirmed that a 64-year-old Singaporean man who was not vaccinated has died from COVID-19 complications on Monday (16 Aug).
The senior man, identified as Case 67560, is the country’s ninth reported COVID-19 death in this month alone.
According to MOH, the Singaporean man developed a cough on 2 August and was brought to Raffles Hospital the next day after suffering heart problems.
“He had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, and had a history of End Stage Renal Failure, ischaemic cardiomyopathy, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia,” said the Ministry.
Over the last 28 days, the percentage of unvaccinated who became severely ill or died is 9.1 per cent, while that for the fully vaccinated is 1.7 per cent, said MOH.
“As of 18 August 2021, 77% of our population has completed their full regimen/ received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and 82% has received at least one dose,” the Ministry added.