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Singapore Ministry of Health to stop daily press release on Covid-19 situation from December 7; updates always available on website | Singapore

Singapore has recorded a total of 269,873 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began last year. – TODAY photo

SINGAPORE, December 7 – The Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) announced yesterday that it will stop issuing daily press releases on Covid-19 infection statistics from Tuesday “as the current wave Delta infections will subside, ”although the public can continue to access the information on the ministry’s website.

These include information on the local Covid-19 situation, as well as hospital capacity, patient status, as well as vaccination progress and the number of Covid-19 cases.

In its daily update on the coronavirus situation, the Singapore health ministry also said that Singapore had recorded 662 new cases of Covid-19 and four more deaths from complications from the disease.

The daily number of cases is higher than the 552 reported on Sunday.

In announcing the cessation of publication of the press release, the Singapore Ministry of Health stressed that it would continue to inform the public of important developments, “including information on the Omicron variant” through regular statements in the media.

Singapore’s health ministry also noted that one of the statistics being monitored is the growth rate of infections from week to week.

“During the current wave of infection, we wanted to make sure the ratio was below one before relaxing the restrictions,” he said.

“As the current wave eases and the number of infections begins to level off, we can expect the ratio to move towards one.”

He said he would continue to monitor this indicator to get an idea of ​​the speed at which the virus is spreading in the community.

For example, if the ratio were to increase rapidly beyond one in a sustained fashion, it would mean an acceleration in the spread of infection and potentially the start of a new wave of transmission.

Daily update

There were six patients who were unstable and under close surveillance in intensive care units (ICUs) to prevent further deterioration. This is the same number as that reported the day before.

In addition, 47 patients were critically ill and intubated in intensive care units, five fewer than on Sunday.

The number of patients requiring oxygen assistance fell from 155 on Sunday to 142 on Monday.

In total, there are 425 intensive care beds, of which 204 are now occupied – 53 by Covid-19 patients.

The overall intensive care utilization rate stands at 48%, up from 51.2% on Sunday.

The ministry also confirmed on Monday that two imported cases of Covid-19 previously announced on Thursday have tested positive for the Omicron Covid-19 variant.

Both cases, Singapore’s health ministry previously said, arrived in Singapore via a Singapore Airlines flight from Johannesburg.

Singapore’s health ministry said the National Public Health Laboratory has completed whole genome sequencing of the cases and confirmed they were infected with the Omicron variant.

“Both are fully vaccinated and have mild symptoms of cough and sore throat. They were isolated when they arrived in Singapore on December 1 and had not interacted with the community, ”Singapore’s health ministry said.

He stressed that people aged 60 and over continue to be more affected by Covid-19, especially if they are not vaccinated.

Of the new infections recorded on Monday, 638 were in the community, 13 were residents of migrant worker dormitories and the remaining 11 were imported.

There were 106 people aged 60 and over among the day’s community cases.

The ratio of community cases in the past week, compared to the previous week, stood at 0.64, lower than the ratio of 0.66 reported on Sunday.

This is the 24th day in a row that the week-to-week infection rate is less than 1.0.

The four patients who died were between 81 and 97 years old.

“All of them had various underlying medical conditions,” Singapore’s health ministry said.

A total of 763 people have died from complications from Covid-19 here.

Singapore has recorded a total of 269,873 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began last year.

Local situation

A total of 1,198 patients cured of Covid-19 were discharged from hospital on Monday, including 182 aged 60 and over.

There are, however, 850 hospitalized patients, 13 less than on Sunday.

In the past 28 days, the proportion of local coronavirus cases that had mild or no symptoms was 98.7%, the Singapore Department of Health said. At the same period:

  • 0.8 percent of patients required oxygen assistance
  • 0.1 percent were unstable and under close observation in intensive care
  • 0.1 percent were critically ill and intubated in intensive care units
  • 0.2 percent died

The ministry added that it was closely following a coronavirus cluster at THK Home for [email protected], which has four new cases, bringing its total to 48.

Of the 48 cases, two are staff members while the rest are residents of the home.

Vaccination

Singapore’s health ministry said as of December 5, 96% of the eligible population had been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Of the total population, 87 percent were fully immunized and 87 percent received at least one dose of a vaccine.

The ministry added that 28% of the total population have received their vaccine boosters.

In the last seven days:

  • The number of fully immunized patients who were critically ill in intensive care was 0.5 per 100,000 people, and for those not fully immunized it was 3.8
  • The number of fully vaccinated patients who died was 0.04 per 100,000 people, and for those not fully vaccinated it was 0.6
  • For fully vaccinated patients aged 60 and over, the number of critically ill people in intensive care was 1.9, and for those who were not fully vaccinated, it was 32.9
  • The number of fully vaccinated patients aged 60 and over who died was 0.2, and for those who were not fully vaccinated it was 6.3 – TODAY