105-year-old among 5 COVID deaths in Singapore; 1,461 new cases

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A young couple sits on a rooftop and take in a view of Singapore's central business district skyline, Singapore, Friday, 19 November 2021. (Photo by Joseph Nair/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
A young couple sits on a rooftop and takes in a view of Singapore's central business district skyline in Singapore on 19 November, 2021. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Monday (22 November) confirmed 1,461 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore – bringing the country's total case count to 253,649 – as well as five deaths due to the disease.

Monday marks the fourth day in a row with less than 2,000 cases reported in the city-state. 

It is also the 64th day in a row with fatalities from COVID-19 reported in Singapore, with 251 people having succumbed to it so far this month.

The 663rd to 667th fatalities here were aged between 61 and 105. All, except for an unvaccinated case, had various underlying medical conditions.

Of the new cases, 1,455 are local – 1,415 are in the community and 40 are residents of migrant worker dormitories. The remaining six are imported. In the community are 247 cases who are aged 60 years and above, said the MOH.

The ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before – or the weekly infection growth rate – is reported to be 0.79, down from Sunday's 0.81. This is the 10th day in a row where the figure is lower than 1.

Two active COVID-19 clusters are being closely monitored in Singapore, both of which are nursing homes or senior care centres. 

Of the listed clusters, the highest number of eight new cases was added to a cluster at Pacific Healthcare Nursing Home at 6 Lengkok Bahru. The cluster, the larger of the two, has 23 cases, all of whom are residents.

Three new cases were added to the other cluster at Sunlove Senior Care Centre @ 70 Buangkok View, bringing the total to 21. Of them, 15 are clients, two are staff members and four are household contacts.

204 require oxygen supplementation; 92 in ICU

A total of 2,127 cases were discharged on Monday, of whom 321 are patients aged 60 and above, said the MOH.

Currently, 1,421 cases are warded in hospital. Over the last 28 days, of the 77,654 infected individuals, 98.7 per cent had no or mild symptoms.

There are currently 204 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation.

A total of 92 cases are in the intensive care unit (ICU) – 30 are unstable and under close monitoring to prevent further deterioration, while 62 are critically ill and intubated.

The current overall ICU utilisation rate is 53.5 per cent, up from Sunday's 52.9 per cent.

The MOH noted that over the past seven days, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who are critically ill in the ICU are at 0.5 and 4.6 per 100,000 population, respectively.

Over the same period, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who died are 0.04 and 0.8 per 100,000 population, respectively, it added.

Among those aged 60 and above, the number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated cases who are critically ill in the ICU are 1.8 and 41.1, respectively. The number of fully vaccinated and non-fully vaccinated seniors who died are 0.2 and 8.6, respectively, said the MOH.

Apart from the 667 patients who have died from COVID-19 complications, 15 others who tested positive for the virus were determined to have died from unrelated causes, including three whose deaths were attributed to a heart attack and another four whose deaths were attributed to coronary heart disease.

As of Sunday, 94 per cent of Singapore's eligible population – aged 12 and above – have received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines or completed their full regimen.

Among the total population, 85 per cent have received two doses, 86 per cent have received at least one dose, and 23 per cent have received their booster shots.

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