Singapore reports 44th Covid-19 death


SINGAPORE, Aug 14 — An 84 year-old Singaporean succumbed to complications due to COVID-19 on Friday, bringing the total number of fatalities to 44 for the republic.

The octogenarian is the seventh fatality reported for this month, according to the Singapore Ministry of Health (MOH) in its full data released last night.

Labelled as Case 66875, the ministry said the man had developed symptoms on July 28 and was admitted to the National University Hospital the next day where he tested positive for COVID-19 infection.

“He had not been vaccinated against COVID-19, and had a history of cancer, ischaemic heart disease, diabetes mellitus, hypertension and hyperlipidaemia,” it added.

MOH noted that there is continuing evidence that almost all fully-vaccinated individuals do not suffer serious disease when infected, “unless if they had underlying medical conditions that made them more susceptible.”

“Over the last 28 days, the percentage of unvaccinated who became severely ill or died is 9.6 per cent, while that for the fully vaccinated is 1.0 per cent,” it said.

As at noon Aug 13, the total caseload in the republic stood at 66,061.

A total of 488 cases currently warded in hospital, of which 30 cases are seriously ill requiring oxygen supplementation and 10 in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).

There are currently 116 active clusters here, ranging between three and 1,151 infections.

As at Aug 12, a total of 74 per cent of Singapore’s population has completed their full regimen or received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines under the national vaccination programme with 81 per cent receiving at least one dose.