When the government announced that they were reimposing COVID-19 restrictions, many of us were frustrated.
But having a look at our case numbers now, we can kind of see why they did it.
With over 3,000 cases reported in the last two days, and our daily case count threatening to increase further, our healthcare system would certainly be at risk of getting overwhelmed if nothing was done.
Sadly, despite the restrictions, since so many new cases are being reported every day, a portion will end up succumbing to the disease.
3 More COVID-19 Fatalities
Three more people died from COVID-19 complications, bringing Singapore’s death toll to 133.
The fatalities were all women, aged between 68 and 102.
All of them were not vaccinated against COVID-19 and had various underlying medical conditions, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
3,577 New COVID-19 Infections
A whopping 3,577 new COVID-19 infections were recorded yesterday, including 2,932 cases in the community and 630 in migrant worker dormitories.
The remaining 15 cases were imported; five were detected upon arrival in Singapore, while ten developed the illness during quarantine.
Among the local cases are 664 seniors who are above the age of 60.
No New Clusters; MOH Monitoring Eight Active Clusters
While no new clusters were reported, several of our existing clusters grew.
This includes the cluster at MWS Christalite Methodist Home, which now has 76 infections after 23 more were added yesterday.
Four dormitory clusters also swelled with new cases, namely:
- ASPRI-Westlite Papan Dormitory – 29 new cases, 196 in total
- Tampines Dormitory – seven new cases, 181 in total
- Jurong Penjuru Dormitory 1 – five new cases, 54 in total
- 9 Defu South Street 1 Dormitory – 21 new cases, 263 in total
One more case each was added to the Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre cluster, as well as the cluster at Man Fatt Lam Elderly Joy Daycare Centre.
The fruit and vegetable wholesaler now has 317 infections, while the daycare cluster has 24.
The cluster at Learning Vision @ Changi Airport also grew by one, taking its infections to 14.
1,520 COVID-19 Cases in Hospital; 37 in ICU
At the moment, there are 1,520 COVID-19 cases warded in hospitals, most of whom are well and under observation.
255 severe cases require oxygen supplementation and 37 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
Of these serious cases, 239 are seniors above the age of 60.
Over the last four weeks, 98.3% of the local cases were either asymptomatic or had mild symptoms.
As of Monday, 83% of our population has been fully vaccinated. 85% have received at least one dose.
New Pill Could Soon Be Used to Treat COVID-19 Patients
A new pill called molnupiravir could soon be used to treat COVID-19 patients in Singapore, according to its developers.
Its developer, Merck, announced that Singapore had signed a supply and purchase agreement with the pharmaceutical company for the drug.
The drug is believed to be effective against all known variants of COVID-19, including the Delta strain.
It’ll become available only once it’s authorised and approved for use.
You can head here to read more about the drug.
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