3,496 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore reported on Jan 23, weekly infection growth rate rises to 2.75

There were 1,577 local cases detected by PCR and 1,480 local cases detected by ART.

Naren Sankar

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Published: 24 January 2022, 12:50 PM

The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 3,496 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (Jan 23).

The number of cases on Sunday was an increase of over 1,000 from the 2,463 cases reported on Saturday.

The weekly COVID-19 infection growth rate also rose to 2.75 on Sunday, up from 2.64 on Saturday. The growth rate refers to the ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before and a weekly infection growth rate above one indicates an increasing number of new weekly cases.

Of the total cases on Sunday, 2,007 were detected through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests. This includes 1,577 local cases. 

Another 1,489 cases were detected through antigen rapid tests (ART) and assessed by a doctor to have mild symptoms and of low risk. Of these, 1,480 were local cases. 

In total, there were 3,057 local transmission cases reported on Sunday. 

One death related to COVID-19 was reported on Sunday, taking the national death toll to 848.

There were 2,323 cases discharged from the hospital over the past day, while 433 cases remain warded in hospitals. Of these, 29 cases require oxygen supplementation and 9 cases remain in the Intensive Care Unit. 

In the last 28 days, 25,660 cases have been recorded, of which 99.6 per cent had no or mild symptoms and 0.3 per cent have required oxygen supplementation.

As of Jan 22, 91 per cent of the eligible population, 88 per cent of total population, are fully vaccinated, 91 per cent have received at least one dose and 55 per cent have received boosters.

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