As of Tuesday noon (24 Aug), the Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed an additional 116 cases of COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
This brings the total number of infection cases to 66,692.
There are 111 new cases of locally transmitted COVID-19 infection, of which 24 are linked to North Coast Lodge.
According to MOH, the testing operations at the dormitory have completed, and only 12 test results are pending. In all, more than 5,300 residents were swabbed over the past three days.
Of the remaining 87 cases, 24 are linked to previous cases and have already been placed on quarantine. 30 are linked to previous cases and were detected through surveillance. 33 are currently unlinked.
“Amongst the cases are 4 seniors above 70 years who are unvaccinated/ partially vaccinated, and are at risk of serious illness,” said MOH.
In addition, there are five new imported cases, who have been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Four 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, 336 cases are currently warded in hospital. Most are well and under observation.
There are currently 21 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and seven in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).
Over the last 28 days, the percentage of unvaccinated who became severely ill or died is 8.8 per cent, while that for the fully vaccinated is 1.7 per cent, said MOH.
“As of 22 August 2021, 78% 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.
MOH reports 13th COVID-19 death in August; death toll at 50
MOH also confirmed one more case of death from complications due to COVID-19 infection.
Case 67375, an unvaccinated 86 year-old female Singaporean, is said to have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection on Monday.
“Her case was first reported on 2 August. She had been admitted to Changi General Hospital on 23 July for an unrelated medical condition, and tested negative for COVID-19 during admission and again on 29 July,” said MOH.
“She was detected when she was tested on 2 August as she had been identified as a close contact of a patient who was a confirmed case. She had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, and had a history of cancer and hypertension,” the Ministry added.
In August alone, 13 individuals have died so far. In total, 50 individuals in Singapore have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.