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Singapore: Over 1000 New Covid Cases In 24 Hours, Schools To Go Online

Singapore witnessed a total of 1,009 fresh Covid-19 cases yesterday, marking the highest daily number since April last year. This brings the cumulative figure of positive cases in the country to 76,792. Out of 1,009 cases, 926 were local and 78 cases were among dormitory residents. The number of cases in the country has risen faster than expected, even when at least 70 per cent of Singapore’s adult population has been fully vaccinated.

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On Friday, Singapore reported a 90-year-old man’s death, making it the 60th Covid-19 fatality. The health ministry said that the man was admitted to the National Centre for Infectious Disease on Friday with symptoms and tested positive for Covid-19. He had a history of cancer, heart disease, and pneumonia. 

The health ministry also reported a new cluster at Pfizer Asia Pacific. A total of 22 Covid positive cases has been reported so far, out of which 20 were among staff and two are cleaners. 

Of the 926 local cases, 259 were senior citizens over 60 years. There were also five imported cases. 

The health ministry said a total of 863 Covid patients are in the hospital, out of which 105 require respiratory assistance and 18 patients are being treated in intensive care and are in critical condition. Of the critical patients, 100 of them are senior citizens above 60. 

Meanwhile, the education ministry has announced that primary schools will shift to online learning again for 10 days, as the country reported a surge in cases. This comes ahead of an important national examination.

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