5 of 16 new COVID cases in S'pore local; most added to Changi hospital cluster

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People wait in queue to buy durian on June 24, 2021 in Singapore. On June 21, Singapore entered into a calibrated easing of social management measures as local community COVID-19 cases remain under control. (Photo by Suhaimi Abdullah/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
People wait in queue to buy durian on 24 June, 2021 in Singapore. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (30 June) confirmed 16 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 62,579.

Five of them are domestic cases in the community, all of whom are linked to previous cases and have already been placed on quarantine. 

Wednesday marks the 66th consecutive day with local cases reported in Singapore.

The remaining 11 cases are imported, of whom six were detected upon their arrival here, while five developed the illness during their stay-home notice or isolation period.

Two clusters are now closed – "Case 63743", linked to three cases, and "Case 63660", linked to seven cases. One new cluster, "Case 64478", has been identified, bringing the total number of active COVID-19 cases in Singapore to 33.

The largest active cluster in Singapore is at the 115 Bukit Merah View market, which is linked to 91 cases.

Three of the five linked infections in the community have been added to the Changi General Hospital cluster, which now has 16 cases.

The cluster at the hospital was first linked to a 35-year-old Singaporean man who works as a porter there and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 23 June. The fully-vaccinated man had tested preliminarily positive for the Delta variant.

The new "Case 64478" cluster is named after the case number of a 76-year-old Singaporean woman who is a retiree and was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 26 June. One new case is linked to it on Wednesday, bringing the total number of infections in the cluster to three.

The remaining community case is linked to the 105 Henderson Cresent cluster, which now has 15 cases. It was first linked to a 67-year-old Singaporean man who is a retiree. The fully-vaccinated man was confirmed to have COVID-19 on 17 June.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 98 in the week before to 68 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has decreased from 19 in the week before to nine in the past week. 

It added that the seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 8.4 and 1.3 respectively.

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8 require oxygen supplementation; 4 in ICU

Over 62,000 cases in Singapore, or over 99 per cent of the total tally, have fully recovered from the infection.

Most of the 133 hospitalised cases are well and under observation. Of them, eight require oxygen supplementation, while four – all aged above 60 – are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

Apart from the 36 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.

"There is continuing evidence that vaccination helps to prevent serious disease when one gets infected. Over the last 28 days, 24 local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to ICU or passed away," said the MOH.

Of the 24 cases, 20 are unvaccinated, three are partially vaccinated and one – a patient who was already ill before being infected with the virus – is fully vaccinated.

As of Tuesday, authorities have administered around 5.42 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines under the national vaccination drive. Close to 3.32 million – or some 60 per cent of Singapore's population – have received at least one dose of the vaccine, of which some 2.1 million are fully vaccinated.

The MOH on Tuesday announced that COVID-19 multi-ministry taskforce is changing the format of the daily COVID-19 press releases, as Singapore "move to a new phase of battling the pandemic, with a strong focus on preventing the virus from spreading, vaccinating our population and starting the process to transit to a new normal".

"Besides daily numbers, we will include information on the key trends of the local situation, clusters we are monitoring, the progress of vaccination, and the number of people who suffered severe form of the disease," it added.

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