SINGAPORE - A 69-year-old Singaporean died from complications due to Covid-19 on Wednesday (Aug 11).
The man, who was not vaccinated, developed symptoms on July 28 and was admitted to Tan Tock Seng Hospital the next day, where he tested positive for the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Wednesday night in its daily update.
He had a history of stroke, diabetes mellitus, hypertension and high cholesterol.
This brings the total number of Covid-19 deaths in Singapore to 43.
Three new clusters were also announced by the ministry. One is at Superland Pre-School in Kreta Ayer Community Centre, with four cases linked to it.
The other two are linked to two cases, and have a total of nine infections linked to them.
A total of 63 new cases were announced on Wednesday. Two of these were imported, while the other 61 are locally transmitted.
Of the locally transmitted cases, 17 are currently unlinked.
Overall, the number of new cases in the community has decreased to 448 cases in the past week, from 758 cases in the week before.
The number of unlinked cases in the community has also fallen to 129 cases in the past week, from 227 cases in the week before.
Currently, 508 cases are warded in hospital. There are 35 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and eight people are in critical condition in the intensive care unit (ICU).
This is a drop from 11 in the ICU on Tuesday. Out of the 43 serious cases, seven are fully vaccinated.
Of those who have fallen very ill, 36 are seniors above 60 years of age, of whom 29 are completely unvaccinated or partially vaccinated.
"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," said MOH.
It added that over the last 28 days, 8.7 per cent of those who are unvaccinated became severely ill or died, while the proportion of those fully vaccinated in this category is 0.9 per cent.
As at Tuesday, a total of 8,193,151 doses of Covid-19 vaccines have been administered under the national vaccination programme, covering 4,383,631 individuals, with 3,936,162 people having completed the full vaccination regimen.
In addition, 138,879 doses of other vaccines recognised in the World Health Organisation's Emergency Use Listing have been administered, covering 82,406 individuals.
In total, 72 per cent of those here have received two doses of the vaccines, and 81 per cent have received at least one dose.
Read the full MOH press release here.
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