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90 unlinked COVID-19 cases among 177 new locally transmitted infections in Singapore

90 unlinked COVID-19 cases among 177 new locally transmitted infections in Singapore

The morning rush hour saw fewer office workers than usual at Raffles Place MRT station on Monday (May 17), the second day of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert). (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 177 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections as of noon on Wednesday (Sep 1), including 90 with no links to previous cases.

This is the highest daily number of locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Singapore since Jul 21.

Fifty-four infections were linked to previous cases and had been placed on quarantine, said the Ministry of Health (MOH). Another 33 linked infections were detected through surveillance testing. 

One of the new cases is above the age of 70, unvaccinated and at risk of serious illness, said MOH.

There were also three imported cases, taking Singapore's daily case count to 180.

314 COVID-19 CASES LINKED TO BUS INTERCHANGE CLUSTERS

No new clusters were reported on Wednesday, said MOH, adding that two clusters were closed.

There were 314 COVID-19 cases linked to clusters at eight bus interchanges, namely Tampines, Boon Lay, Jurong East, Toa Payoh, Bishan, Punggol, Clementi, and Sengkang.

Nine cases were added to the Bugis Junction cluster, which now has 233 infections. 

The clusters at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) and North Coast Lodge dormitory grew to 14 cases and 174 cases respectively. 

There are currently 68 active clusters in Singapore. 

FIVE IN CRITICAL CONDITION

A total of 499 cases were warded in hospital. There were five cases in critical condition in the intensive care unit and 22 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation.

Of those who have fallen very ill, 18 are above the age of 60, of whom nine were 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," said the Health Ministry.

Over the last 28 days, the percentage of unvaccinated who became severely ill or died was 8.3 per cent, while that for the fully vaccinated was 1.1 per cent.

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 Tuesday.

In addition, 167,898 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s emergency use listing have been administered as of Tuesday, covering 85,786 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.

The ministry also provided an update on the mandatory COVID-19 testing for residents of 113 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4. It was conducted on Aug 29 after cases were detected across several households.

"All 271 individuals were found to be negative for COVID-19 infection," said MOH.

"DOSE SHARING" BETWEEN SINGAPORE AND AUSTRALIA

Singapore will send 500,000 doses of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to Australia as part of a "dose sharing" agreement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) announced on Tuesday.

Under the deal, Australia will send the same quantity of vaccines back to Singapore in December, according to Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a Facebook post.

The half a million doses that Singapore is sending will come from its existing stock and the country has enough to meet its current needs, said MFA.

As of Wednesday, Singapore has reported a total of 67,800 COVID-19 cases and 55 fatalities from the disease.

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Source: CNA/ng

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