SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (3 November) confirmed 3,635 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore – bringing the country's total case count to 207,975 – as well as 12 deaths due to the disease.
This comes a week after the ministry reported a single-day high of 5,324 cases, in what it described as an "unusual surge" within a relatively short window. Wednesday marks the second day in a row with over 3,000 cases reported.
It also marks the 45th day in a row with fatalities from COVID-19 reported in Singapore, with 26 people having succumbed to it within the first three days of this month.
The 431st through to 442nd fatalities in Singapore were aged between 59 and 99. All of them had various underlying medical conditions.
Among the new cases, 3,632 are local – 3,223 are in the community while 409 are dormitory residents. The remaining three cases are imported.
Among the community cases are 535 cases aged 60 and above, said the MOH, adding that the ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before is 0.96 compared to Tuesday's 1.09.
Nine active COVID-19 clusters are being closely monitored in Singapore, with five of them at senior residential or welfare homes.
Of the list of monitored clusters, the highest number of seven new cases was added to the clusters at the Institute of Mental Health, totalling 294 infections. Of them, 278 are patients while 16 are staff members.
Four new cases were each added to clusters at Growing Learners Student Care and PCF Sparkletots @ Whampoa Block 85, totalling 15 and 23 infections, respectively.
Two new cases were also each added to Acacia Home and Banyan Home @ Pelangi Village, bringing the total to 25 and 93, respectively.
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293 require oxygen supplementation; 141 in ICU
A total of 3,340 cases were discharged on Wednesday, of whom 475 are patients aged 60 and above, said the MOH.
Currently, 1,665 cases are warded in hospital. Over the last 28 days, of the 94,457 infected individuals, 98.7 per cent had no or mild symptoms.
There are currently 293 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation. A total of 141 cases are in the intensive care unit (ICU) – 72 are unstable and under close monitoring to prevent further deterioration, while 69 are critically ill and intubated.
The current overall ICU utilisation rate is 72.7 per cent. Last Tuesday, the ministry had said that it has triggered the next 100 ICU beds, which will be ready this week.
The MOH noted that over the past seven days, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who are critically ill in the ICU are at 0.5 and 4.5 per 100,000 population, respectively.
Over the same period, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who died are 0.1 and 0.9 per 100,000 population, respectively, it added.
Among those aged 60 and above, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who are critically ill in the ICU are 1.8 and 36.0, respectively. The number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated seniors who died are 0.4 and 8.9, respectively, said the MOH.
Apart from the 442 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.
As of Tuesday, 84 per cent of the population have completed their full regimen or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, 85 per cent have received at least one dose and 16 per cent have received their booster shots.
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