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Imported infections make up half of Singapore's 344 new COVID-19 cases

 Imported infections make up half of Singapore's 344 new COVID-19 cases

People wearing protective face masks in Tampines in Singapore on Oct 1, 2021. (Photo: Gaya Chandramohan/CNA)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 344 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Friday (Dec 31), half of which - 172 - were imported infections.

There was also 1 fatality, taking the country's death toll from coronavirus complications to 828, according to the latest infection statistics on the Ministry of Health's (MOH) website.

Friday's case count was up from the 311 infections reported on Thursday.

Among the new cases reported on Friday, 172 were locally transmitted, comprising 165 in the community and seven in migrant worker's dormitories.

Separately, MOH's website also showed that 158 new Omicron variant infections were confirmed on Friday, comprising 124 imported cases and 34 local cases.

The daily new COVID-19 cases and new confirmed Omicron cases are presented as two separate sets of data on MOH's website.

The weekly infection growth rate on Friday was 0.82, up from Thursday's 0.73. This refers to the ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before. Friday's figure is the highest in more than a month when it was 0.83 on Nov 23.

The growth rate has remained below 1 since Nov 13. A figure below 1 means that the number of new weekly COVID-19 cases is falling.

As of Friday, Singapore has recorded 279,405 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

HOSPITALISATIONS AND VACCINATIONS

The intensive care unit (ICU) utilisation rate was 46.2 per cent, down from the 49.9 per cent reported on Thursday. 

There were 266 patients in hospital, with 42 requiring oxygen supplementation.

In the ICU, four patients required close monitoring while 16 patients were critically ill.

As of Thursday, 91 per cent of Singapore's eligible population have completed their full vaccination regimen under the national vaccination programme.

This figure was updated to include children aged five to 11 after vaccination for this age group started on Monday.

About 40 per cent of the total population have received their vaccine booster shots.

Source: CNA/jt

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