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3,496 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death reported in Singapore

3,496 new COVID-19 cases, 1 death reported in Singapore

People wearing face masks walking along Orchard Road, Singapore on Jul 22, 2021. (Photo: Hanidah Amin)

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 3,496 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (Jan 23), comprising 3,057 local and 439 imported infections. 

The infections include the number of Protocol 2 cases, after the Ministry of Health (MOH) changed its daily reporting structure on Friday.

Protocol 2 cases are individuals who are well and have tested positive, or have been assessed by a doctor to have a mild condition.

Two sets of numbers will be reported every day - one for the infections confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, and another for the Protocol 2 cases. 

There was one fatality, according to the latest infection statistics on the MOH website. This takes the death toll from coronavirus complications to 848.

The weekly infection growth rate is 2.75, up from Saturday's 2.64. A figure above 1 means that the number of new weekly cases is rising. 

A total of 1,489 new Protocol 2 infections were confirmed on Sunday, comprising nine imported cases and 1,480 local cases.

Another 2,007 cases were confirmed via PCR tests. A total of 1,577 cases were local infections while 430 were imported.

As of Sunday, Singapore has recorded 313,772 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic. 

Case numbers have been backdated to Jan 6 when general practitioners (GPs) started to order Protocol 2, for the purposes of calculating the total number of infections in Singapore as well as the week-on-week increase in infection numbers.

HOSPITALISATIONS AND VACCINATIONS

There are 433 patients in hospital, with 29 requiring oxygen supplementation. Nine patients are in the intensive care unit.

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

This figure includes children aged five to 11 after vaccination for this age group started on Dec 27.

About 55 per cent of the total population have received their vaccine booster shots.

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Source: CNA/lk(gr)

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