S’pore Reports Record of 19,420 COVID-19 Cases a Day as Number of Total Cases is Now Close to Half a Million


Singapore always strives for excellence, and it seems like we have broken another record: the highest number of daily cases on our tiny island.

There was a record high of 19,420 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday (15 February), and we’ve also recorded a total of almost half a million cases.

Majority of Cases Had Zero To Mild Symptoms

Of the 19,420 new cases, there were 19,179 local cases. 16,102 cases were detected through Antigen Rapid Tests (ARTs), and those patients displayed mild to no symptoms.

The other 3,077 cases were detected through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.

Reader Bao: Eh, then what about the other 241 cases? 

Chill out, Reader Bao. Just because we’re all secretly cats in the office doesn’t mean we can’t do math.

The other 241 cases were imported cases, with 59 detected through ART and the other 182 detected through PCR tests.

Unfortunately, there were seven people infected with COVID-19 that died on 15 February.

Increasing Number Of Cases Daily, Almost Half A Million Cases In Total

1,355 patients infected with COVID-19 were hospitalised, which is an increase from 1,332 on Monday. This is the 11th day where hospitalisation numbers have gone past 1,000.

There were also 23 patients in intensive care units, and a total of 140 patients required oxygen support. This is a fall from 147 on Monday.

Needless to say, the number of cases has been increasing every day. The silver lining in this is that the weekly COVID-19 infection growth rate has decreased from 1.39 to 1.34.

Mini math lesson: the rate refers to the ratio of community cases for the past week, divided by the week before. If the rate is more than one, it means that the number of new cases is increasing.

OK, if you’re already lost or starting to fall asleep, here’s a TLDR (too long, didn’t read): The decreasing growth rate means that while cases are increasing, they’re increasing at a slower pace than on Monday.

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As of 15 February, our little red dot has recorded 497,997 COVID-19 cases and 913 deaths since COVID-19 first hit our shores.

While getting infected may feel like an inevitability to some, at least we have vaccines to help reduce the risk of severe illness. About 94% of eligible residents have completed the full vaccination process, and 64% have gotten a booster shot.

If you have been infected with or exposed to COVID-19 and don’t know what to do, you can check out the Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 website. 


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