116 of 259 new COVID cases in Singapore unlinked; 3 new clusters

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People queue as they wait to use a check-in service to enter a shopping centre in Singapore.
People queue as they wait to use a check-in service to enter a shopping centre in Singapore on 7 July, 2021. (PHOTO: AFP via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Saturday (4 September) confirmed 259 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 68,469.

Of them, 253 are locally transmitted, including 116 unlinked infections. Among the cases are two patients above the age of 70 who are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated and are at risk of serious illness, the MOH said.

There are six imported cases, of whom four were detected upon their arrival in Singapore, while two developed the illness during their stay-home notice or isolation period.

Three new clusters were announced on Saturday while one has closed, bringing the total number of active COVID-19 clusters in Singapore to 62. The three new ones are linked to Sembcorp Marine Tuas Boulevard Yard, Radiance Student Care Centre, and Orient Goldsmiths & Jewellers staff, linked to eight, four, and three cases, respectively.

Saturday's highest addition of 21 new cases goes to the Changi General Hospital cluster, announced on Friday and now linked to 36 infections. Eleven new cases were also added to the cluster linked to the Toa Payoh bus interchange staff, which now has 130 infections. 

Six and five new cases were respectively added to the clusters linked to the Boon Lay and Clementi bus interchange staff members, now linked to 99 and 34 infections.

No new cases were added to Singapore's largest cluster at the Jurong Fishery Port, linked to 1,155 infections. Six new cases were added to Singapore's second-largest cluster linked to Bugis Junction, which now has 261 infections. 

The cluster at the shopping mall superseded the one linked to various KTVs, which has 253 cases, on Friday.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has increased from 551 in the week before to 1,167 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 128 in the week before to 470 in the past week. 

It added that the seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 99.6 and 67.1 respectively.

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22 require oxygen supplementation; 5 in ICU

At least 66,368 cases in Singapore, or over 99 per cent of the overall total, have fully recovered from their infection and have been discharged from the hospital.

As of Saturday, 608 cases are currently warded, most of whom are well and under observation.

There are currently 22 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation and five in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Of those who have fallen very ill, 22 are patients above the age of 60, of whom 12 are completely unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, said the MOH.

Apart from the 55 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.

Over the last 28 days, the percentage of unvaccinated who became severely ill or died is 7.1 per cent, while that for the fully vaccinated is 1.1 per cent, the ministry noted.

As of Friday, about 8.77 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.53 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine, with some 4.36 million having completed the full vaccination regimen.

Separately, 170,144 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Friday, covering 86,019 individuals.

This means that 81 per cent of the population have completed their full regimen, or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and 83 per cent have received at least one dose

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