35 of 412 new COVID cases in Singapore imported, 1 more death

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People cycle and walk after sunset in the Gardens by the Bay park in Singapore on Saturday, 6 November, 2021. (Photo by Joseph Nair/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People cycle and walk after sunset in Gardens by the Bay in Singapore on 6 November, 2021. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

NOTE: The MOH has stopped issuing daily media releases on infection statistics. In line with the MOH's announcement, Gov.sg has also stopped its daily WhatsApp updates on such statistics.

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (17 December) confirmed 412 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore – bringing the country's total case count to 275,384 – as well as one death due to the disease.

Friday marks the 15th day in a row with less than 1,000 cases reported in the city-state.

It is also the 89th day in a row with fatalities from COVID-19 reported in Singapore, with 86 people having succumbed to it this month. The MOH did not provide details on the one fatality reported on Friday.

Of the new cases, 377 are local – 371 are in the community, and six are residents of migrant worker dormitories. The remaining 35 are imported.

The ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before – or the weekly infection growth rate – is 0.63, up from Thursday's 0.6. This is the 35th day in a row where the figure is lower than 1.

Singapore on Thursday confirmed that it detected 24 cases of Omicron in total, of whom three are locally transmitted infections.

Four others have also tested preliminarily positive for the new variant, including two airport workers and a couple who dined at four restaurants in the Orchard Road area.

Apart from the 809 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.

60 require oxygen supplementation; 35 in ICU

A total of 570 cases were discharged on Friday, while 481 remain warded. Over the last 28 days, of the 26,389 infected individuals, 98.7 per cent had no or mild symptoms.

There are currently 60 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation.

A total of 35 cases are in the intensive care unit (ICU) – two are unstable and under close monitoring to prevent further deterioration, while 33 are critically ill and intubated.

The current overall ICU utilisation rate is 46.4 per cent, down from Thursday's 45.7 per cent.

As of Thursday, the total number of individuals who have completed their full regimen or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines is 96 per cent of the eligible population.

Among the total population, 87 per cent have done so, while 87 per cent has received at least one dose, and 32 per cent has received their booster shots.

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