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Jump in Covid-19 patients who require oxygen support; 10 new clusters identified

SINGAPORE — There has been a jump in the number of patients infected by the coronavirus who are in serious condition and need oxygen to help them breathe, with 18 of such cases reported on Monday (July 26).

A Covid-19 patient's blood oxygen saturation level being measured with a pulse oximeter in an overseas facility.

A Covid-19 patient's blood oxygen saturation level being measured with a pulse oximeter in an overseas facility.

  • There are 18 patients infected by Covid-19 who are in serious condition and need oxygen supplementation
  • Data from the Ministry of Health showed that the 18 cases are the highest daily tally in the last 28 days
  • There are two other patients in intensive care
  • Singapore recorded 135 new cases of Covid-19 on July 26, six of which were imported
  • There were 10 new clusters of infections, bringing the tally to 35 active clusters

 

SINGAPORE — There has been a jump in the number of patients infected by the coronavirus who are in serious condition and need oxygen to help them breathe, with 18 of such cases reported on Monday (July 26).

Based on data provided in the Ministry of Health’s nightly update on the coronavirus situation, the 18 cases are the highest daily tally in the last 28 days.

So far this month, the number of people needing oxygen support had ranged from five to 12 in the daily update.

In addition, there are two patients who are in critical condition under intensive care.

“None among these 20 cases were fully vaccinated. Twelve seniors above 60 years, who are completely unvaccinated or partially vaccinated, have fallen very ill,” MOH said.

It stressed that there is continuing evidence that vaccination helps to prevent serious disease when one gets infected.

“Over the last 28 days, 21 local cases required oxygen supplementation, were admitted to intensive care units or died. Ten were unvaccinated, 11 were partially vaccinated and none were fully vaccinated,” the ministry said.

As of Monday, there are 551 Covid-19 patients who are warded in hospital.

10 NEW CLUSTERS

Earlier on Monday, MOH said that Singapore recorded 129 new locally transmitted cases of Covid-19, 61 of which were traced to the cluster at Jurong Fishery Port and another six to karaoke television (KTV) lounges and clubs.

The total number of cases linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster is now 858 and the total from KTV lounges is 243.

MOH also said that there were 10 new clusters of infections in Singapore.

Nine of these clusters were linked to different individuals and the tenth was linked to the Apex Medical Centre in Jurong.

No other information was provided on these individuals or new clusters.

In total, there are now 35 active Covid-19 clusters, each with three to 858 cases.

Of the 129 locally transmitted cases, 28 have no known sources of infection, MOH said.

For those linked to previous infections, 76 had already been placed under quarantine and another 25 were detected through surveillance testing.

Among the cases is a senior aged above 70 who is partially vaccinated and at risk of serious illness.

The locally transmitted cases were among a total of 135 new Covid-19 cases confirmed on Monday, MOH said.

The remaining six were imported and had been isolated on arrival in Singapore. Three cases were detected upon arrival and the other three developed the disease during isolation. 

Overall, the number of new cases in the community has gone up from 479 in the week before to 1,021 in the past week.

The number of cases with no known links in the community has also risen from 35 in the week before to 143 in the past week.

“The seven-day moving average number of all linked community cases and all unlinked community cases are 125.4 and 20.4 respectively,” MOH said.

VACCINATIONS

About 7.19 million doses of Covid-19 vaccines had been given to more than 4.24 million people as of Sunday, MOH said.

Some 3.07 million people have completed the full vaccination regimen, consisting of 120,417 recovered persons who received at least one dose and about 2.95 million who received their second dose.

In addition, 83,072 doses of Sinovac vaccines were administered as of Sunday, covering 67,970 individuals.

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