3,994 new COVID-19 cases reported on Oct 19, 1,399 aged between 12-39

The sudden rise in cases was attributed by the Ministry of Health as a ‘post-weekend surge’.

Alicia Ang

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Published: 20 October 2021, 1:37 PM

There were 3,994 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore on Tuesday (Oct 19), said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Among the new cases, 3,480 infections were from the community and 1,399 of those infected were aged between 12 and 39. 

The sharp rise in cases from Oct 18 was likely due to a ‘post-weekend surge’, as fewer swabs were taken and people went out more during the weekend. MOH stated they were monitoring the situation closely to determine if this surge was temporary, or if cases are on the rise.

MOH is closely monitoring five active clusters that have reported new cases. These include ECON Medicare Centre & Nursing Home in Buangkok and St. Andrew’s Nursing Home (Taman Jurong). 

There were seven COVID-19-related deaths reported on Oct 19, aged between 57 and 90 years old. Five were male Singaporeans, and two were female Singaporeans.

Three had been unvaccinated, one had been partially vaccinated and three had been vaccinated. Six of the fatalities had underlying medical conditions that interfered with their recovery, while one unvaccinated case had no known medical conditions.

The national death toll now stands at 246.

There are 22,778 total community cases currently in recovery. Of these, 16,377 are undergoing the Home Recovery Programme while 1,738 cases are warded in the hospital, mostly for observation.

MOH said 338 cases have been placed under oxygen supplementation while 71 are in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

Singapore has recorded 74,641 cases in the last 28 days, of which 98.6 per cent had no or mild symptoms. 

Singapore’s current Stabilisation Phase is due to end on Oct 24

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