The Ministry of Health reported 4,498 new cases of Covid-19 as of 12pm on Jan. 30.
Here's the breakdown of the cases:
Locally transmitted cases: 4,226
Imported cases: 272
The country has recorded 348,330 Covid-19 cases and 854 deaths in total since the start of the pandemic.
New infections detected via ART: 3,074 (3,062 local cases + 12 imported cases)
Weekly infection growth rate: 2.02 (lower than 2.24 from the day before)
A figure below 1 indicates that the number of new weekly Covid-19 cases is falling.
Patients in hospital: 709
Requiring oxygen supplementation: 60
In ICU: 12
Change in reporting of daily cases
Since Jan. 21, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has stopped highlighting the number of Omicron variant cases that are part of the daily Covid-19 cases, due to variant dominating the current infection wave.
MOH's updates now separately present new Covid-19 cases that are confirmed via a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, as well as new Protocol 2 cases which are detected via antigen rapid tests (ART). MOH said that these ART-positive cases that are included in the reported would be assessed by a doctor to have mild symptoms and low risk.
As a result, MOH said that its daily updates will register a drastic increase in the daily number of new cases.
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