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CoVid-19 News 2021 Q3


September 27, 2021

NCID executive director explains how Delta variant is fuelling COVID-19 surge

SINGAPORE: Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said on Friday (Sep 24) that despite Singapore’s many safe management measures, the Delta variant “did not follow our script”.

“It transmitted through the community and is driving up daily cases much more quickly than we expected, before our ramp-up plans were fully implemented and before our support systems are fully in place,” Mr Ong said at a COVID-19 multi-ministry task force virtual press conference where more restrictions were announced.

September 24, 2021

3 more COVID-19 deaths as Singapore reports 1,650 new cases

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 1,650 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Friday (Sep 24), rising for the fourth consecutive day. 

The 1,646 local infections comprise 1,369 community cases and 277 dormitory residents. The new local cases include 391 seniors above the age of 60.

There were also four imported cases, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in an update released to the media at about 10.40pm. 

MOH also announced three more fatalities, taking the national death toll to 73.

There have been 18 deaths reported in September so far, equalling the monthly record set in August.

The first fatality is Case 72389, a 79-year-old Singaporean. He tested positive for COVID-19 on Sep 8 and died from complications due to the disease on Friday.

MOH said the man had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, and had a history of pulmonary hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Graves’ disease, hypertension and hyperlipidemia.


September 20, 2021

Hospital wards ‘under pressure’, younger vaccinated COVID-19 patients encouraged to recover at home: Ong Ye Kung

SINGAPORE: Accident and emergency (A&E) departments and general wards in Singapore’s hospitals are coming “under pressure”, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung on Sunday (Sep 19), amid a wave of COVID-19 infections.

In a Facebook post, Mr Ong said the Ministry of Health (MOH) was encouraging younger, fully vaccinated people to recover from home.

September 17, 2021

517 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Singapore, new cluster at DHL building in Tampines

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 517 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections as of noon on Sunday (Sep 12), comprising 454 community cases and 63 dormitory residents.

Among the local cases, 137 are seniors above 60 years old, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).


September 10, 2021

568 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Singapore, 80-year-old man dies of complications

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 568 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases as of noon on Friday (Sep 10), including 127 seniors who are above 60 years old.

An 80-year-old man died on Friday due to complications from COVID-19, bringing Singapore’s total fatalities to 58.

He had been partially vaccinated against COVID-19 and had a history of diabetes, heart failure, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia, MOH said.



September 6, 2021

Tightened COVID-19 pre-departure test requirements for more countries, regions including Australia

SINGAPORE: Tightened COVID-19 pre-departure test requirements will apply to more travelers entering or transiting through Singapore from 11.59pm on Thursday (Sep 9). 

This includes Singapore citizens and permanent residents, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a press release on Sunday. 

All inbound travelers from Category II, III and IV countries or regions will need to produce a negative pre-departure COVID-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test result taken within 48 hours before departure to Singapore.

September 3, 2021

113 unlinked COVID-19 cases among 187 new locally transmitted infections in Singapore

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 187 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections as of noon on Thursday (Sep 2), including 113 infections with no links to previous cases.

This is the third consecutive day where unlinked locally transmitted cases have surpassed linked cases.

Fifty-six of the new infections were linked to previous cases and had been placed on quarantine.

Another 18 linked infections were detected through surveillance testing, said the Ministry of Health (MOH)


August 30, 2021

Commentary: Has COVID-19 bypassed children or could there be dangers unknown?

Children being infected remain a source of worry for parents, educators, and policy-makers. The pandemic has also taken a toll on their social and educational lives, say two NUH paediatric doctors.

SINGAPORE: Since the SARS-COV-2 virus first emerged almost two years ago, adults – particularly the older ones – have borne the brunt of the illness.

Children have been spared so far, with most experiencing asymptomatic or mild illness and no locally reported cases of children requiring oxygen or intensive care treatment.

August 27, 2021

2 Singaporeans aged 86 and 95 die of Covid-19 complications; death toll in August rises to 15

SINGAPORE – A partially vaccinated 86-year-old man and an unvaccinated 95-year-old woman have died from Covid-19 complications, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday night (Aug 25).

The man, who died on Tuesday, tested positive for Covid-19 infection on July 28.

He was admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital for an unrelated medical condition on July 1 and tested negative for the coronavirus multiple times.


August 23, 2021

MOH to track sale of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccination slots, take action if needed

SINGAPORE – Enforcement action will be taken against people who exploit others by selling their Sinovac-CoronaVac Covid-19 vaccination slots.

Responding to queries from The Straits Times on Sunday (Aug 22), a spokesman for the Ministry of Health (MOH) said: “Individuals with booking slots should not exploit the situation and take advantage of people who want to be vaccinated.”


August 20, 2021

More people return to the office, fewer temperature checks as S’pore further eases Covid-19 curbs

SINGAPORE – Lawyer Crystal Tan usually gets a seat when she boards the train on the North-South Line to the city at 8.30am, but on Thursday (Aug 19), most of the seats were taken.

Ms Tan, 32, who boarded at the Sembawang station and alighted at Raffles Place, said: “There was quite a significant number of people on the train today. Usually, there will be a lot of seats available, but today most of the seats were filled up.”

On Thursday, companies were allowed to have more staff back at the office with the easing of Covid-19 restrictions in Singapore.

August 16, 2021

Hospital visits to resume; visitors need to be fully vaccinated or show negative COVID-19 test result: MOH

SINGAPORE: Hospital visitors must be vaccinated against COVID-19 or be able to show a valid negative COVID-19 test as part of a vaccination-differentiated approach that will be implemented at all hospitals when visitations resume on Thursday (Aug 19).

This is to further reduce the importation risk of COVID-19 into hospitals and safeguard hospital capacity, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Monday.

August 10, 2021

Dining in while unvaccinated: Negative COVID-19 result a must unless eating at hawker centres, coffee shops

SINGAPORE: Unvaccinated people can dine in at food and beverage establishments if they have a negative pre-event COVID-19 result from an approved test provider, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) early on Tuesday (Aug 10).

Without meeting this requirement, hawker centres and coffee shops are the only places unvaccinated people aged 13 and above can dine in at.

August 2, 2021

Shoppers welcome enhanced Covid-19 safety measures at Singapore markets, hawker centres

The measures come after a surge in Covid-19 cases at markets and hawker centres in recent weeks. They were likely seeded when fishmongers visited Jurong Fishery Port to collect seafood stocks and had contact with infected cases there.

July 27, 2021

117 new locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in Singapore; 2 new clusters identified

Thirty-eight infections were not linked to previous cases, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 117 new locally transmitted COVID-19 infections as of noon on Sunday (Jul 25), including 46 cases linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster and five to the cluster in KTV lounges.

A total of 43 infections were linked to previous cases and already placed in quarantine, and 36 were detected through surveillance testing.

July 21, 2021

Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) Implemented From July 22: What’s Allowed And What’s Not

The new measures will be in effect from July 22 until August 18, 2021. They will supersede the measures that the government introduced on July 19.

The government will review these measures in two weeks and accordingly adjust the same based on the situation prevalent at the time, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.

July 14, 2021

Guests leave Singapore cruise after nearly 3,000 confined onboard over COVID-19 case

SINGAPORE (Reuters) -Guests began leaving a Genting Cruise Lines “cruise to nowhere” on Wednesday night after nearly 3,000 passengers and crew were confined to their staterooms through most of the day following the detection of a COVID-19 case onboard.

July 8, 2021

Singapore residents who took Sinovac vaccine can have 2 doses of Pfizer or Moderna

SINGAPORE — Those who have received the Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine locally as well as returning Singapore residents who have received a vaccine overseas different from the two under the national vaccination drive would be allowed to receive two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.


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