2 new Covid-19 clusters: 32 cases linked to Case 67220, 7 cases linked to Giant at Hougang Ave 8

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Ashley Tan | August 19, 2021, 11:20 PM

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 32 new cases of Covid-19 infection in Singapore as of 12pm on Thursday (Aug. 19).

This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in Singapore to 66, 366.

29 locally transmitted cases

There are 29 new cases of locally transmitted Covid-19 infection.

11 are linked to previous cases, and have already been placed on quarantine.

Five are linked to previous cases and were detected through surveillance.

13 are currently unlinked.

In addition, there are three imported cases, who have already been placed on Stay Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore.

One was detected upon arrival in Singapore, while two developed the illness during SHN or isolation.

84 active clusters

There are two new clusters today, including one at Giant (683 Hougang Avenue 8) comprising seven cases.

The other cluster involves 32 cases linked to one Case 67220.

Five clusters have closed.

There are currently 84 active clusters, ranging between three and 1,155 infections.

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 412 cases in the week before to 290 cases in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also decreased from 112 cases in the week before to 80 cases in the past week.

The seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 30.0 and 11.4 respectively.

Condition of hospitalised cases

391 cases are currently warded in hospital.

There are currently 29 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and eight in critical condition in the ICU.

Of those who have fallen very ill, 28 are seniors above 60 years, of whom 22 are completely unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.

According to MOH, there is continuing evidence that almost all fully-vaccinated individuals do not suffer serious disease when infected, unless they had underlying medical conditions that made them more susceptible.

Over the last 28 days, the percentage of unvaccinated who became severely ill or died is 9.1 per cent, while that for the fully vaccinated is 1.7 per cent.

Progress of vaccination programme

As of Aug. 18,  a total of 8, 507, 687 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme (Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty and Moderna).

This covers 4, 453, 578 individuals, with 4, 186, 252 individuals having completed the full vaccination regimen.

In addition, 153, 913 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of Aug. 18, covering 84, 219 individuals.

In total, 77 per cent of Singapore's population has completed their full regimen/received two doses of Covid-19 vaccines, and 82 per cent has received at least one dose.

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