On Sunday Jul 18th, Singapore health authorities reported 92 new COVID-19 cases in total. Since Aug 28th last year, where 94 cases were reported, the 92 new cases are the highest daily total this year.
88 locally transmitted cases
Out of these, 88 are new locally transmitted cases in Singapore. From the 88 cases, 67 cases are linked to clusters in KTV lounges and Jurong Fishery Port.
The cluster at Jurong Fishery Port accounts for 42 of the new cases. The KTV cluster on the other hand, accounts for twenty-five cases. This update was made on Sunday night by Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH).
Previous infections accounted for thirty cases and are already placed on quarantine. Surveillance testing led to the detection of another 48 cases.
On Sunday night’s update, MOH said ten cases were unlinked.
According to the ministry, seniors above the age of 70 who were unvaccinated accounted for four of the cases. The seniors are at risk of serious illness.
4 imported cases
Also, there were four imported cases, who were placed on isolated or stay-home notice upon arrival. The MOH said one case was detected upon arrival in Singapore. The remaining three cases developed the illness during their stay-home notice or isolation.
There were additional COVID-19 cases detected at Shunfu Mart, Haig Road Market and Cooked Food Centre, and Jurong Central Plaza. Fish mongers working at these places made up the additional cases.
Likely ongoing KTV cluster transmissions
The following KTV lounges and clubs were identified by MOH as the likely ongoing transmission places:
- Martell W Ktv Chivas (6 Foch Road)
- Club Myth (1 Coleman Street)
- Maze Club (2 Aliwal Street)
- China Doll (1 Sophia Road)
Visitors to the above premises are advised to minimise social interactions as far as possible. They are also asked to closely monitor their health. These measures should be done for 14 days from their date of interaction or visit.
If visitors feel unwell, they should consult a doctor immediately.
Overall rise in cases
The overall number of new cases in the community according to MOH, is up by 17 cases in the week. The past week saw 325 cases.
A MOH statement said “We are likely to see rising cases in the coming days as we step up efforts to detect them to contain their spread in the community.”
In the past week, there is an increase in the number of unlinked cases in the community. The previous week had eight cases to 31 cases last week.
There were 243 cases needing hospital care, said the Health Ministry. Most of the patients are well and under observation.
Serious hospital cases
One case is in critical condition in the intensive care unit. Another five cases of serious illness require oxygen supplementation. The MOH said none of these six cases was fully vaccinated.
The MOH added “There is continuing evidence that vaccination helps to prevent serious disease when one gets infected. Over the last 28 days, 11 local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to ICU or passed away. Seven are unvaccinated, four are partially vaccinated and none was fully vaccinated.”
Update on Singapore’s vaccination programme
An update on the nation’s vaccination programme has also been provided by MOH. As of Jul 17th, a total of 6,726,540, doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered under the national vaccination programme.
Singapore has a population of around 5,850,342 people. A total of 4,136,551 people have been vaccinated with at least one dose.
Singapore has fully vaccinated 2,676,171 citizens. Out of this number, 86,182 are recovered cases who have received at least the first dose. The remaining 2,589,989 have received both doses.
19th July 2021 23:00
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