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Singapore reports 1,782 new COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths; ICU utilisation rate at 55.2%

Singapore reports 1,782 new COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths; ICU utilisation rate at 55.2%
People wearing face masks while crossing a road on May 24, 2021, amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Singapore. (File photo: Marcus Mark Ramos)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 1,782 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths from complications due to the coronavirus as of noon on Tuesday (Nov 23).

The fatalities were aged between 62 and 92. All of them, except for an unvaccinated case, had various underlying medical conditions. The Ministry of Health (MOH) did not specify what these medical conditions were.

Singapore's death toll from the coronavirus now stands at 672. 

The overall intensive care unit (ICU) utilisation rate on Tuesday was 55.2 per cent – an increase from Monday's figure of 53.5 per cent. 

WEEKLY INFECTION GROWTH RATE

The weekly infection growth rate rose to 0.83 from Monday's 0.79. This refers to the ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before. It has stayed below 1 for 11 consecutive days.

The daily case count on Tuesday was up from the 1,461 infections reported on Monday. 

Among the new cases, 1,775 were locally transmitted, comprising 1,754 infections in the community and 21 cases in migrant workers' dormitories.

The remaining seven were imported cases, MOH said in its daily update released to the media at about 10.15pm. 

As of Tuesday, Singapore has reported 255,431 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

HOSPITALISATIONS

A total of 1,389 cases were warded in hospital, said MOH. Among them, 205 require oxygen supplementation in general wards, 28 patients were unstable and under close monitoring in the ICU, and 64 were critically ill and intubated.

A total of 1,778 cases were discharged over the past day, of whom 304 were seniors aged 60 and above. 

As of Monday, 94 per cent of the eligible population - those aged 12 and above - have completed their full regimen or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines. About 24 per cent have received their booster shots. 

Of the 76,158 COVID-19 cases over the last 28 days, 98.7 per cent had mild symptoms or were asymptomatic, 0.8 per cent required oxygen supplementation in the general ward, 0.2 per cent were in the ICU and 0.2 per cent died.

CLUSTERS

MOH said it was "closely monitoring" four large clusters.

This includes the cluster at ECON Healthcare Nursing Home (Chai Chee), which reported seven new cases to expand its total to 35. Of these, one is a staff member while the remaining are residents.

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Source: CNA/vc

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