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156 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 79 unlinked

  • 79 of the 156 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases are unlinked
  • 276 COVID-19 cases are now linked to the eight bus interchange staff clusters
  • Bugis Junction cluster grows to 222 infections
  • 80% of Singapore's population has completed the full vaccination regimen
  • Five COVID-19 cases in critical condition

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 156 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases as of noon on Tuesday (Aug 31), including 79 with no links to previous infections.

Twenty-six of the new cases were linked to bus interchange staff clusters, which has now grown to a total of 276 infections across the eight clusters, according to Ministry of Health's (MOH) daily update.

Eleven of the new infections were added to the Bugis Junction cluster, which now has 222 cases.

Of the new cases reported on Tuesday, 48 infections were linked to previous cases and had been placed on quarantine. Another 29 linked infections were detected through surveillance testing.

Among the new cases, two were above the age of 70 who were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, and are at risk of serious illness, said MOH.

This is the highest daily number of locally transmitted cases since Jul 22, when 162 infections were reported.

There were also five imported cases who were placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon arrival. Three infections were detected upon arrival while two developed the illness during the stay-home notice or isolation period.

In total, Singapore reported 161 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday.

BUGIS JUNCTION AND BUS INTERCHANGE CLUSTERS GROW

New cases were added to six of the eight active clusters involving staff at bus interchanges: 13 to Boon Lay Bus Interchange; seven to Toa Payoh Bus Interchange; two each to Jurong and Tampines bus interchanges; and one each to Bishan and Punggol bus interchanges.

There are now 276 infections linked to the eight bus interchange clusters.

Eleven new cases were identified in the Bugis Junction cluster, bringing its total to 222.

Fifteen new cases were also added to the North Coast Lodge cluster, taking its tally to 166 infections.

Two new cases were added to a cluster at the Institute of Mental Health, taking the total there to eight cases.

Two new clusters were identified comprising a total of four and three infections respectively, however, MOH did not provide further details on those clusters.

There are currently 70 active clusters in Singapore, consisting of between three and 1,155 infections.

FIVE IN CRITICAL CONDITION

A total of 463 cases are currently warded in hospital. There are five cases in critical condition in the intensive care unit and 19 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation.

Of those who have fallen very ill, 15 are people are above the age of 60, of whom eight were unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, said MOH.

Over the last 28 days, the percentage of unvaccinated who became severely ill or died is 8.3 per cent, while that for the fully vaccinated was 1.2 per cent.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 290 cases in the week before to 771 cases in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 105 cases in the week before to 198 cases in the past week.

80% OF POPULATION FULLY VACCINATED

More than 8.7 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme, with more than 4.3 million people having completed the full vaccination regimen as of Monday.

In addition, 167,242 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s emergency use listing have been administered as of Monday, covering 85,688 people.

In total, 80 per cent of Singapore's population has completed the full regimen or received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccines, while 83 per cent has received at least one dose.

As of Tuesday, Singapore has reported a total of 67,620 COVID-19 cases and 55 deaths from the disease.

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Source: CNA/ng

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