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804 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Singapore, 2 nursing homes among new clusters

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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 804 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections as of noon on Wednesday (Sep 15), comprising of 770 community cases and 34 dormitory residents.

Among the new local cases, 238 were seniors above the age of 60, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Three new large clusters have also been detected at Orange Valley Nursing Home in Simei, Jamiyah Nursing Home and at a dormitory at 7 Senoko South Road.

There were also three imported cases reported on Wednesday, taking the total number of infections reported in Singapore to 807.

One of the imported cases was detected upon arrival in Singapore, while two developed the illness during stay-home notice or isolation.

NEW CLUSTERS AT NURSING HOMES​


A total of 20 active clusters are currently being monitored, said MOH.

The new cluster at Orange Valley Nursing Home in Simei has a total of 13 cases, all of whom are residents.

"Residents and staff on the affected levels are being tested. All other residents and staff will also undergo testing," said MOH.

A total of 13 cases have also been linked to the Jamiyah Nursing Home cluster, where the transmission is among staff members and residents.

"Of the 13 cases, 10 are residents and three are staff," said MOH.

"Residents and staff on the affected level are being tested. All other staff and residents will also undergo testing."

Including Orange Valley Nursing Home and Jamiyah Nursing Home, COVID-19 clusters have been detected at four nursing homes this week.

A large COVID-19 cluster at Ren Ci nursing home in Bukit Batok was reported on Monday while the cluster at All Saints Home in Jurong East was reported on Tuesday.

The new cluster at 7 Senoko South Road dormitory has a total of 26 cases. MOH said the infections were caused by ongoing intra-dormitory transmission among residents.

Residents have been quarantined and are being tested, added the ministry.

HOSPITALISATION​


There were 822 patients warded in hospital, most of whom were well and under observation, said MOH.

Of these, 76 cases of serious illness required oxygen supplementation and nine were in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

Of those who have fallen very ill, 66 are seniors above 60 years.

Over the last 28 days, the percentage of local cases who were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms is 98.2 per cent.

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VACCINATION​


As of Tuesday, 81 per cent of Singapore's population have completed their full vaccination regimen or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, while 84 per cent have received at least one dose.

More than 8.88 million doses of vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme, covering about 4.56 million people, of whom 4.43 million have completed the full regimen.

Another 179,086 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organization's emergency use listing have been administered, covering 86,731 people.

SENIORS IN NURSING HOME TO GET BOOSTER SHOTS​


Seniors in nursing homes will start receiving their COVID-19 booster shots from Wednesday, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung.

About 140,000 seniors will also receive invitations via SMS over the next few days to book appointments for their booster dose at a vaccination centre, polyclinic or participating public health preparedness clinic.

Mobile and home vaccination teams will also be making visits to vaccinate those who were unable to leave their homes.

As of Wednesday, Singapore has reported a total of 73,938 COVID-19 cases and 58 deaths from the disease.

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