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50 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 9 clusters close

50 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 9 clusters close

People are seen at a food and beverage outlet in Holland Village on Aug 10, 2021, as dining-in resumes for those who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. (Photo: Jeremy Long)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 50 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections as of noon on Sunday (Aug 15), including 14 with no links to previous cases.

Nine clusters have closed and there were no new clusters on Sunday, taking the total number of active clusters to 102.

Thirty of the new infections were linked to previous cases and had been placed in quarantine. Another six linked infections were detected through surveillance testing, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily update.

There were also three imported cases who have been placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. All were detected on arrival, said MOH.

In total, Singapore reported 53 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday.

9 CLUSTERS CLOSED

There were no new clusters reported on Sunday and nine clusters were closed. There are currently 102 active clusters.

Eleven new COVID-19 cases were added to the cluster linked to My First Skool at 54 Chin Swee Road, bringing its total infections to 31, said MOH.

Number of Active Clusters. (Graphic: MOH)

Each of the following clusters had one case added to its tally: SAFRA Tampines, Sin Ming 23 Coffee Shop, Marina Bay Sands Casino and KTV lounges/clubs.

One and three infections were added to the clusters involving Bishan and Sengkang bus interchanges' staff members respectively.

EIGHT IN CRITICAL CONDITION

A total of 443 cases are currently warded in hospital, said MOH. Eight are in critical condition in the intensive care unit and 32 require oxygen supplementation.

Of these 40 cases, eight are fully vaccinated. Of those who have fallen very ill, 33 people are above the age of 60, of whom 26 are unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, said MOH.

"There is continuing evidence that almost all fully-vaccinated individuals do not suffer serious disease when infected, unless if they had underlying medical conditions that made them more susceptible," the Health Ministry added.

Over the past 28 days, the percentage of unvaccinated people who became severely ill or died was 9.6 per cent, while that for the fully vaccinated was 1.2 per cent.

75 PER CENT OF POPULATION FULLY VACCINATED

Nearly 8.4 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme, with more than 4.1 million people having completed the full vaccination regimen as of Saturday.

In addition, 147,528 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s emergency use listing had been administered as of Saturday, covering 83,536 people.

In total, 75 per cent of Singapore's population has completed the full regimen or received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, while 81 per cent has received at least one dose.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 571 cases in the week before to 354 cases in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 153 cases in the week before to 98 cases in the past week.

As of Sunday, Singapore has reported a total of 66,172 COVID-19 cases.

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Source: CNA/lk

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