CoVid-19 News 2021 Q4
31st December 2021
311 new COVID-19 cases reported in Singapore; 103 Omicron infections confirmed
SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 311 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Thursday (Dec 30), including 114 imported infections.
There was also one fatality, taking the country’s death toll from coronavirus complications to 827, according to the latest infection statistics on the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) website.
28th December 2021
S’pore must expect new wave of Covid-19 cases in coming days due to Omicron: Lawrence Wong
SINGAPORE – Singapore must expect a new wave of Covid-19 cases in the coming days and weeks, said Finance Minister Lawrence Wong.
“It is inevitable that Omicron will spread in our community as it has in countries everywhere,” said Mr Wong, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force on Covid-19, in a Facebook post on Monday (Dec 27).
“But we have done whatever we can to prepare for this next wave, and we can weather through it together as one people.”
20th December 2021
255 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including record 67 imported infections
SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 255 new COVID-19 cases and three fatalities as of noon on Sunday (Dec 19).
This takes the country’s death toll from coronavirus complications to 813.
17th December 2021
3 new COVID-19 cases preliminarily positive for Omicron variant, including couple who dined at 4 restaurants
SINGAPORE: Three COVID-19 cases in Singapore have tested preliminarily positive for the Omicron variant, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Wednesday (Dec 15).
One is a local case, one is an imported case and the third is a close contact of the imported case.
“All three cases are fully vaccinated and have mild or no symptoms, and are recovering in isolation wards at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID),” MOH said in a news release.
“MOH is ringfencing the cases through contact tracing.”
The local case, identified as Case 279330, is a 54-year-old man who works as a loading cabin assistant at Changi Airport Terminal 3. He had no contact with flight passengers
13th December 2021
370 new COVID-19 cases and 5 deaths in Singapore
SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 370 new COVID-19 cases and five fatalities as of noon on Sunday (Dec 12).
This takes the death toll from coronavirus complications to 794.
6th December 2021
Singapore reports 552 new COVID-19 infections and 13 deaths; 1 more imported case tests positive for Omicron variant
SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 552 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths linked to the coronavirus as of noon on Sunday (Dec 5).
The Ministry of Health (MOH) also reported one more imported COVID-19 case who has tested “preliminarily positive” for the Omicron variant.
29th November 2021
Singapore’s daily COVID-19 cases fall below 1,000 for the first time since Sep 20
SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 747 new COVID-19 cases and 11 more deaths linked to the virus as of noon on Sunday (Nov 28).
This is the first time since Sep 20 that the country’s daily caseload has dipped below 1,000.
22nd November 2021
Singapore reports 1,670 new COVID-19 cases and 8 more deaths; ICU utilisation rate falls to 52.9%
SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 1,670 new COVID-19 cases and eight more deaths linked to the coronavirus as of noon on Sunday (Nov 21).
The fatalities were aged between 63 and 95. All of them had various underlying medical conditions. The Ministry of Health (MOH) did not specify what those medical conditions were.
15th November 2021
The Big Read: The pandemic has affected the human psyche. What does this mean for Generation COVID’s future?
- A recent TODAY Youth Survey 2021 found a majority of those aged between 18 and 35 saying they have become less sociable, and more cautious and fearful
- The finding which showed that the pandemic has led to greater insecurities among youths echoes that of polls elsewhere
- Youths interviewed also spoke about their struggles amid reduced social interactions at school and the workplace, their hopes and concerns about the future, and how the pandemic has led to a recalibration of their plans and priorities
- COVID-19’s economic and health impact on Singapore so far has been relatively less severe compared to several other countries
- Some experts noted that the jury is still out on the actual longer term impact of the pandemic on an entire generation in Singapore
8th November 2021
Singapore reports 2,553 new COVID-19 cases and 17 more deaths
SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 2,553 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (Nov 7), as 17 more people died from complications due to the coronavirus.
The fatalities were aged between 45 and 89. All of them had various underlying medical conditions, except for an 85-year-old vaccinated person who had no known medical condition. The Ministry of Health (MOH) did not specify what these conditions were.
5th November 2021
S’pore reports 3,003 new Covid-19 cases and 17 deaths; weekly infection growth rate below 1 for second day in a row
SINGAPORE – The Covid-19 weekly infection growth rate dipped to 0.93 on Thursday (Nov 4), down from 0.96 on Wednesday, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
This is the second day in a row it has dropped below one since MOH started reporting the figure.
The infection rate refers to the ratio of community cases in the past week over the week before. A weekly infection growth rate that is more than one shows that the number of new weekly Covid-19 cases is still increasing.
1st November 2021
Australia to reopen borders to all vaccinated Singaporeans from Nov 21
SINGAPORE: Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday (Oct 31) announced Australia would reopen its borders to all vaccinated Singaporeans from Nov 21.
This means that vaccinated travellers from Singapore will not need to quarantine on arrival, in states that “sign up to the approach”, according to Australian newspaper The Age.
25th October 2021
China warns of further spread in latest COVID-19 flare-up
BEIJING: China’s latest COVID-19 outbreak is increasingly likely to spread further, a health official said on Sunday (Oct 24), as authorities urged all regions to step up monitoring and called for a reduction in travel across provinces.
China has largely contained the virus but it is determined to stamp out any sporadic local outbreaks, particularly in the run-up to the 2022 Winter Olympics in February.
18th October 2021
9 more deaths as Singapore reports 3,058 new COVID-19 cases
SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 3,058 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (Oct 17) with nine more people dying from complications due to the virus.
The fatalities, who were all Singaporean, are six men and three women, aged between 57 and 100. Seven were unvaccinated against COVID-19 and two were vaccinated.
Eight of them had various underlying medical conditions, while one who was unvaccinated had no known medical conditions. The Ministry of Health (MOH) did not specify what these conditions were.
This brings Singapore’s death toll from the coronavirus to 233.
The 3,058 new cases reported on Sunday were a decrease from the 3,348 reported on Saturday.
Among the new cases, 3,055 are locally transmitted, comprising 2,454 infections in the community and 601 in migrant worker dormitories.
11th October 2021
Singapore reports 2,809 new COVID-19 cases; 9 more deaths
SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 2,809 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (Oct 10) as nine more people died from complications due to the virus.
The fatalities are all Singaporeans, comprising eight men and one woman, aged between 70 and 88
Among them, four were unvaccinated against COVID-19, three were partially vaccinated and two were vaccinated. All of them had various underlying medical conditions.
This takes Singapore’s death toll from the coronavirus to 162.
New infections have decreased below the 3,000-mark for the first time in six days.
“The fall in the number of cases today is likely due to fewer swabs being done over the weekend at Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs) and polyclinics, and is not indicative that the epidemic curve is bending,” said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily update released to media at about 11.15pm.
8th October 2021
Singapore, US working on vaccinated travel lane: Gan Kim Yong
WASHINGTON: Singapore is working on establishing a vaccinated travel lane (VTL) with the United States before the end of the year, said Minister for Trade and Industry Gan Kim Yong on Thursday (Oct 7).
Speaking at an event at the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC, Mr Gan noted that as a hub for business and travel, it is important that Singapore remains connected to the rest of the world despite the COVID-19 pandemic.
4th October 2021
Vaccination status in TraceTogether app will not change for those who take booster shots: Ong Ye Kung
SINGAPORE: People’s vaccination status on their TraceTogether app will not change regardless of whether they have taken their booster shots, said Minister of Health Ong Ye Kung in Parliament on Monday (Oct 4).
He was responding to a question by Member of Parliament (MP) Yip Hon Weng (PAP-Yio Chu Kang) about whether the definition of “fully vaccinated” would be changed to differentiate those who have taken the booster jab, and how this would be reflected in the TraceTogether app.
1st October 2021
Singapore reports 19 new COVID-19 infections after two community cases removed following further tests
SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 19 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday (Oct 1) evening, two fewer than what was reported in the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) preliminary update.
Of the three community cases reported earlier on Thursday, two were removed after further tests confirmed they were not infected. Initial test results for cases 57,918 and 57,919 had been borderline-positive, said MOH.
Of the new cases, 15 are imported. The rest are cases residing in dormitories.
Fourteen of the cases are asymptomatic and were detected through proactive screening and surveillance.
The sole community case, a 54-year-old Singapore permanent resident, had been identified as a contact of previously confirmed imported cases and placed on quarantine.
Singapore’s tally of COVID-19 cases now stands at 57,784.