On Monday (25 Oct), the Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 3,174 new Covid-19 cases including 2,843 in the community.
Tragically, 14 more seniors aged 60 and above have passed away due to Covid-19 complications.
MOH also reported a new cluster at the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) comprising 116 cases.
In an update on Monday (25 Oct) evening, MOH confirmed 3,174 new infections comprising:
Worryingly, our infection growth rate, which compares the number of new cases over the past week to the same period before, has climbed to 1.18 from 0.97-0.99 between 16-18 Oct.
This essentially means that our Covid-19 cases over the last 7 days have grown by 18% from the week before.
14 more patients have also passed away from Covid-19 complications. These comprised seniors aged between 60 and 93 years old. All of them had underlying medical conditions.
In total, 329 people have succumbed to Covid-19 complications in Singapore.
Meanwhile, our ICU continues to be under considerable strain, with 83.6% of beds currently utilised.
As of 25 Oct, 64 Covid-19 patients in the ICU are critically ill and intubated while another 107 are in unstable condition and require close monitoring.
Another 135 patients are in the ICU due to non-Covid reasons, such as post-surgery care.
MOH is currently keeping a close eye on 7 active clusters, including a new one at IMH which has 116 cases linked.
Of the cases, 108 involve residents while 8 are staff members.
In a press statement, IMH said the cases were detected through a surveillance testing programme at the hospital.
Thankfully, most of these cases are asymptomatic or have mild symptoms. They are currently being cared for in separate, dedicated wards.
While admissions to the affected wards have been suspended, operations are unaffected at the other wards which are still admitting and seeing patients.
5 other clusters on MOH’s ‘closely monitored’ list involve care and nursing homes:
Similar to the IMH cluster, most of the cases linked to these clusters are residents.
The remaining cluster is at PCF Sparkletots @ Zhenghua, a pre-school in Choa Chu Kang.
25 cases are linked to the cluster thus far, comprising:
News of so many new Covid-19 fatalities coupled with the emergence of such a large cluster is certainly worrying.
With an apparent uptick in our infection growth rate, we hope Singapore residents will be socially responsible and avoid any unnecessary social gatherings to protect themselves and those around them.
With our collective effort and Lady Luck on our side, we hope the indicator will start falling soon, thereby giving the authorities confidence to ease prevailing Covid-19 measures.
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