98 new Omicron cases in S'pore, including 25 local cases: MOH

This is the largest number of Omicron cases reported in a single day since the variant was first detected in Singapore earlier in December. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

SINGAPORE - There were 98 new cases of the Covid-19 Omicron variant reported here on Saturday (Dec 25), up from 82 the day before.

They comprise 25 local and 73 imported cases, the Health Ministry (MOH) said in a statement.

This is the largest number of Omicron cases reported in a single day since the variant was first detected in Singapore earlier in December.

On Saturday, there were a total of 248 new Covid-19 cases, of which 66 were imported.

One person died from the virus, taking Singapore's death toll to 821.

The new cases included 182 locally transmitted cases - comprising 177 from the community and five from the migrant workers' dormitories.

The weekly infection growth rate is at 0.56, up from 0.52 on Friday. This refers to the ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before.

The growth rate in Singapore has been below one since Nov 13.

MOH said the utilisation rate of the intensive care unit (ICU) stands at 49.6 per cent, down from 51.7 per cent the day before.

There are 392 patients in hospital, with 49 requiring oxygen supplementation, six in the ICU under close monitoring and 19 who are critically ill in the ICU.

As at Saturday, Singapore's total case tally for Covid-19 infections stands at 277,555.

See the full update from MOH here.

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