MOH reports deaths of 91-year-old woman & 87-year-old man due to Covid-19 complications

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Karen Lui | August 22, 2021, 10:23 PM

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The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported two deaths due to complications from Covid-19 infection on Sunday (August 22).

91-year-old unvaccinated woman

A 91-year-old female Permanent Resident passed away from complications due to Covid-19 infection on August 22.

According to MOH, her case was first reported on August 3. She had developed symptoms on July 30, tested positive for Covid-19 infection, and was admitted to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases.

She had not been vaccinated against Covid-19 and had a history of chronic kidney disease, heart disease, hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and hyperparathyroidism.

87-year-old partially vaccinated man

An 87-year-old male Singaporean passed away from complications due to Covid-19 infection on August 22.

His case was first reported on August 4.

He was conveyed to the National University Hospital for an unrelated medical condition on August 4.

As he was symptomatic, he was tested for Covid-19 infection and the result turned out to be positive.

He had been partially vaccinated against Covid-19, and had a history of advance cancer, diabetes mellitus, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia.

In total, 49 have passed away from complications due to Covid-19, including the twelve fatalities in Aug. 2021 so far.

29 locally-transmitted cases

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 35 new cases of Covid-19 infection in Singapore as of 12pm on Sunday (August 22).

This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases in Singapore to 66,478.

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

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

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

17 are currently unlinked.

Among the cases, there is one senior above 70 years old who is partially vaccinated and at risk of serious illness.

Six imported cases

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

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

72 active clusters

Two new clusters have been identified in today's update.

Six clusters have closed.

There are currently 72 active clusters, ranging between three and 1,155 infections.

Overall number of community cases decreasing

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased from 354 cases in the week before to 240 cases in the past week.

The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 92 cases in the week before to 93 cases in the past week.

The seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 21.0 and 13.3 respectively.

Condition of hospitalised cases

346 cases are currently warded in hospital.

There are currently 22 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and seven in critical condition in the ICU.

Of those who have fallen very ill, 23 are seniors above 60 years, of whom 18 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 8.6 per cent, while that for the fully vaccinated is 1.7 per cent.

Progress of vaccination programme

As of August 22, a total of 8,575,608 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme (Pfizer-BioNTech Comirnaty and Moderna).

This covers 4,475,214 individuals, with 4,232,803 individuals having completed the full vaccination regimen.

In addition, 159,204 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization’s Emergency Use Listing (WHO EUL) have been administered as of August 22, covering 84,345 individuals.

In total, 78 per cent of Singapore's population has completed their full regimen or received two doses of Covid-19 vaccines, and 82 per cent has received at least one dose.

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