7 more Covid-19 deaths in Singapore; 3,994 new infections

SINGAPORE – Seven Singaporeans, aged 57 to 90, have died from complications linked to Covid-19, taking Singapore’s virus death toll to 246.

Five were men and two were women, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday (Oct 19).

Three were unvaccinated, three were vaccinated and one was partially vaccinated.

All except one unvaccinated case had underlying medical conditions, MOH said in its daily update, without giving further details.

Tuesday was the 30th day in a row that deaths from Covid-19 were reported.

There were 3,994 new Covid-19 infections in total, MOH said, comprising 3,480 new cases in the community, 501 in migrant worker dormitories and 13 imported cases.

The local cases included 567 people above 60 years old.

The total number of cases in Singapore now stands at 154,725.

MOH said there was a usual post-weekend surge in cases on Tuesday.

It added: “We will have to closely monitor cases for the next few days, to determine if this is a temporary spike or a further surge in infections.”

MOH said over the past week, it had observed a rise in activity levels, including a higher number of visitors across all malls, larger crowds in the Orchard Road area, and a slight increase in public transport ridership.

It added: “Unfortunately, the number of unvaccinated seniors above 60 years old and who have been infected has risen over the past few days, to well over 100 a day.  They are at risk of falling very sick.

“The number of persons requiring ICU care continues to rise, and this has put our hospitals under significant pressure and strain.”

MOH urged everyone, especially the elderly and persons with comorbidities who are more vulnerable to severe illnesses, to limit their social activities and go out only for essential activities.

Read the full MOH press release here.

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