Of 135 new COVID cases in S'pore, 67 linked to Jurong Fishery Port and KTVs

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Workers cordon off the entry to a food centre in a housing estate in Singapore on Saturday, 24 July 2021. Access to the many food centres frequented by most of Singapore's local population will require visitors to use the national electronic tracking system to again entry. Dining in at eateries is no longer permitted by authorities as the country increased its lockdown measures to deal with rising cases of the Covid-19 virus that stemmed from its main fishing port and spread throughout wet markets in the country. (Photo by Joseph Nair/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Workers cordon off the entry to a food centre in a housing estate in Singapore on 24 July, 2021. (PHOTO: NurPhoto via Getty Images)

SINGAPORE — The Ministry of Health on Monday (26 July) reported 135 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, taking the country's total case count to 64,314.

There are 129 new locally transmitted infections, including one dormitory resident. 

Of the 121 linked local infections, 61 are linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster while six are linked to the KTV cluster. The two clusters are now linked to 858 and 243 cases, respectively. Twenty-eight local cases are unlinked.

Among the cases is one elderly above the age of 70 who is partially vaccinated, and is at risk of serious illness.

Also detected were six imported infections, of whom three were detected upon arrival here, while the remaining three developed the illness during their stay-home notice or isolation period.

Ten new COVID-19 clusters were announced on Tuesday, bringing the total number of active clusters in Singapore to 35. The new clusters include one linked to a medical centre in Jurong:

  • "Case 65721": 2 new cases added, 4 in total

  • "Case 65751": 2 new cases, 4 in total

  • "Case 65929": 2 new cases, 3 in total

  • "Case 65972": 1 new case, 3 in total

  • "Case 66007": 3 new cases, 4 in total

  • Apex Medical Centre (Jurong): 2 new cases, 3 in total

  • "Case 65754", Case 65979", "Case 65132" & "Case 66168": 3 in total each

Separately, one case has been added to the "Case 65893" cluster, now linked to four infections. Nine others have been added to the cluster at Samy’s Curry Restaurant, now linked to 22 cases. Two cases were also added to the cluster at the Marina Bay Sands Casino, now linked to 34 infections.

Three cases were added to the "Case 64697" cluster, now linked to 70 cases, while four were added to the "Case 65360" cluster, now linked to eight infections. 

No details have been provided on the various clusters named after case numbers, as well as the infections linked to them. 

The "Case 64697" cluster is linked to residents at Block 639 Rowell Road of whom two had attended lessons at ComfortDelGro’s Ubi driving school and later tested positive for the virus. Other cases in the cluster include a canteen worker and a driving instructor, both staff members at the school.

The MOH noted that the number of new cases in the community has increased from 479 in the week before to 1,021 in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 35 in the week before to 143 in the past week. 

The ministry added that the seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 125.4 and 20.4 respectively.

18 require oxygen supplementation; 2 in ICU

A total of 62,605 cases in Singapore, or over 99 per cent of the total tally, have fully recovered from their infection and have been discharged from the hospital.

As of Monday, 551 cases are currently warded, most of whom are well and under observation.

There are currently 18 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation and two in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU), none of whom are fully vaccinated. Among them, 12 cases aged above 60 years old have fallen "very ill", said the MOH.

Apart from the 37 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.

Over the last 28 days, 21 local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to the ICU, or died. Of them, 10 are unvaccinated, 11 are partially vaccinated and none are fully vaccinated.

As of Sunday, 7.19 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme. Some 4.24 million have received at least one dose of the vaccine.

Of some 3.07 million who have completed the full vaccination regimen, 120,417 are individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 and have received at least one dose while the remaining are those who have received two doses.

The MOH guidelines state that recovered individuals – who are likely to have a strong immune response against COVID-19 within the first six months after their infection – are recommended to receive a single dose of vaccine to further boost their immunity against the disease.

Those who have received the Sinovac's CoronaVac vaccine locally are not included in Singapore's national vaccination numbers. As of Sunday, 83,072 doses of the China-made vaccine have been administered to 67,970 individuals.

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