Singapore records ‘unusual surge’ of 5,000+ COVID-19 cases – a new high

File photo of Singapore Jewel Changi Airport.
File photo of Singapore Jewel Changi Airport.

Singapore logged a new record of COVID-19 cases yesterday.

Wednesday’s daily infection count jumped to 5,324 – a 62% increase over Tuesday’s 3,277 –  due to “many” positives detected in the afternoon, the Ministry of Health said last night. Of the new cases, 661 were detected in migrant worker dormitories, and 12 were imported.

“The infection numbers are unusually high today, mostly due to many COVID-positive cases detected by the testing laboratories within a few hours in the afternoon. MOH is looking into this unusual surge in cases within a relatively short window, and closely monitoring the trends for the next few days,” the ministry said in its daily update.

Ten more people, 54 to 96, died due to complications. All those who died except for one who was unvaccinated had various underlying medical conditions.

The ministry is working on “standing up more ICU beds” as ICU utilization rose to 79.8%, a slight increase from 79.2% on Tuesday. There are currently 142 in need of critical care.

Active clusters include elderly homes, where more than 100 cases recorded in the past month. The Institute of Mental Health, site of another outbreak, also added nine more cases to its total of 152. 

As of Tuesday, 84% of Singapore had been fully vaccinated. Recently, limits including two social gatherings and barring the unvaccinated from malls were extended another month until Nov. 21.

In total, Singapore has recorded 184,419 cases and 349 deaths since the start of the outbreak.

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