18 Singaporeans die from Covid-19 complications; 3,862 new infections

Singapore reported a total of 3,862 new Covid-19 cases on Oct 20, 2021.
Singapore reported a total of 3,862 new Covid-19 cases on Oct 20, 2021.ST PHOTO: NG SOR LUAN

SINGAPORE - Eighteen Singaporeans, aged 55 to 96, have died from complications linked to Covid-19, taking Singapore's death toll to 264.

Sixteen were men and two were women, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Wednesday (Oct 20).

This is the highest number of deaths recorded in a single day. The previous highest number was 15 deaths recorded on Oct 14.

Of the 18 recorded on Wednesday, nine were vaccinated, eight were unvaccinated, and one was partially vaccinated.

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

Wednesday was the 31st day in a row that deaths from Covid-19 were reported.

There were 3,862 new Covid-19 infections in total, MOH said, with 3,221 new cases in the community, 630 in migrant worker dormitories and 11 imported cases.

The local cases included 568 people above 60 years old.

The total number of cases in Singapore now stands at 158,587.

Among the large clusters that are being closely monitored by the ministry, four had new cases.

Bukit Batok Home for the Aged saw 39 new cases, bringing its total to 92. These include 90 residents and two staff.

Two new cases were added to AWWA Community Home for Senior Citizens in Ang Mo Kio, bringing the size of the cluster to 21.  All of the 21 cases are residents.

MWS Christalite Methodist Home in Marsiling and Acacia Home in Admiralty had one new case each.

As at Wednesday, there were 17,084 patients in home recovery, 3,941 in community care facilities and 887 in Covid-19 treatment facilities.

There were 1,718 patients in hospital, with 337 patients requiring oxygen support and 67 patients in the intensive care unit.

So far, 84 per cent of the population has been fully vaccinated and 85 per cent has received at least one dose.

A total of 622,452 individuals have received their booster shots and another 92,000 have booked their appointments.

Read the full MOH press release here.