9 seniors die of Covid-19, bringing death toll to 130 in S'pore; 3,486 new cases

Singapore reported nine new Covid-19 deaths, with three who were unvaccinated.
Singapore reported nine new Covid-19 deaths, with three who were unvaccinated.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - Nine more seniors, aged between 64 and 90, have died from complications linked to Covid-19, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily update on Tuesday (Oct 5).

They include six men and three women, all of whom were Singaporeans or permanent residents.

Four were vaccinated, two had been partially vaccinated and three were unvaccinated.

All had various underlying medical conditions, MOH said, without giving more details about their health conditions.

It was the 16th straight day that deaths from Covid-19 were reported, taking Singapore's coronavirus death toll to 130.

There were 3,486 new Covid-19 infections reported on Tuesday, including 2,767 new infections in the community, 713 new cases in migrant worker dormitories and six imported cases.

This is the first time daily cases have exceeded 3,000 in Singapore, and there were 1,011 more infections than on Monday.

The local cases include 643 seniors aged above 60.

The total number of cases in Singapore now stands at 109,804.

Of the six imported cases, three were detected upon arrival in Singapore, while the other three developed the illness during isolation or stay-home notice.

As at noon on Tuesday, 1,512 cases were in hospital – 157 more patients than on Monday. And 247 cases require oxygen support with 34 in the intensive care unit.

Of those who are very ill, 235 are seniors above 60.

Of the five large active clusters where new cases were reported on Tuesday, United Medicare Centre at Toa Payoh had seven new cases for a total of 14 infections. The transmission is among eight staff members and six residents at the nursing home.

The cluster at Learning Vision preschool in Changi Airport added one new case for a total of 13 infections including two staff members and 11 students.

The largest cluster highlighted was Tampines Dormitory, which added five new cases for a total of 174 cases.

MOH said the transmission in all dormitory clusters was among residents and there was no evidence of spread beyond each dormitory.

MOH added that, so far, 600,000 eligible individuals have been invited to receive their booster doses.

A total of 321,228 people have received their booster shots and another 107,000 have booked their appointments.

Read the full MOH press release here.