10 new Covid-19 clusters announced in S'pore, Jurong Fishery Port cluster rises to 969 cases

There are a total of 53 active clusters.

Jane Zhang | July 30, 2021, 12:38 AM

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 133 new cases of Covid-19 in Singapore on Thursday (Jul. 29).

This brings the total number of cases in Singapore to 64,722.

129 new locally-transmitted cases

There are 129 cases of locally-transmitted Covid-19 infection. 68 are linked to previous cases, and have already been placed on quarantine.

11 are linked to previous cases and were detected through surveillance. 50 are currently unlinked.

30 are linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster and two belong to the KTV cluster.

Amongst the cases are four seniors above 70 years who are unvaccinated, and are at risk of serious illness.

There are four imported cases, who have already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.

Three were detected upon arrival in Singapore, while one developed the illness during SHN or isolation.

Increase in unlinked community cases

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 884 cases in the week before to 881 cases in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has increased from 64 cases in the week before, to 238 cases in the past week.

The seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 91.9 and 34.0 respectively.

ART self-test kits for visitors to selected markets & food centres

MOH is investigating cases of Covid-19 infection involving markets and food centres which are likely seeded by fishmongers who visited Jurong Fishery Port to collect their stock and sell at the markets and food centres.

As an added layer of ringfencing to help to identify cases and prevent further transmission, MOH is working with the People’s Association to distribute antigen rapid test (ART) self-test kits to individuals who had visited selected markets and food centres in the last 14 days, such as residents living in the vicinity of these centres.

The collection will run from Jul. 30 to 31 at Residents’ Committee Centres in the vicinity of Mayflower Market & Food Centre (162 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4) and Redhill Market (79 Redhill Lane).

Eligible persons are strongly encouraged to collect and perform self-testing using these ART kits. Information about the nearest Residents’ Committee Centre for self-collection is available here.

53 active clusters

There are 10 new clusters today. In total, there are currently 53 active clusters, ranging between three and 969 infections.

MOH has been monitoring existing clusters for any further transmission. As there have been no more cases linked to the Case 64478 cluster for the past two incubation periods (i.e. 28 days), the cluster has now been closed.

There are now a total of 248 cases linked to KTV lounges and clubs, and 969 linked to Jurong Fishery Port and Hong Lim Market & Food Centre.

Condition of hospitalised cases

There are currently 572 cases warded in the hospital, most of whom are well and under observation.

In addition, there are 30 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and three are in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

One amongst these 33 cases is fully vaccinated, but requires ICU care as she has underlying medical conditions. 24 seniors above 60 years, of whom 23 are completely unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, have fallen very ill.

There is continuing evidence that vaccination helps to prevent serious disease when one gets infected, MOH said.

Over the last 28 days, 39 local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to ICU or passed away.

23 are unvaccinated, 15 are partially vaccinated and 1 is fully vaccinated.

Progress of vaccination programme

As of Jul. 28, MOH has administered a total of 7,365,873 doses of Covid-19 vaccines under the national vaccination programme.

This covers 4,278,760 individuals.

3,208,556 individuals have received their second dose and completed the full vaccination regimen, consisting of 121,443 recovered persons who received at least one dose and 3,087,113 who received their second dose.

In addition, 95,029 doses of Sinovac vaccines have been administered as of Jul. 28, covering 71,810 individuals.

Top photo by Zheng Zhangxin.