3,496 new Covid-19 cases in S’pore, weekly infection growth rate rises to 2.75
SINGAPORE – There were 3,496 new cases of Covid-19 detected in Singapore on Sunday January 23 and one death, according to the daily update from the Ministry of Health (MOH).
This is an increase of more than 1,000 cases from the 2,463 cases reported on Saturday.
The weekly growth rate of Covid-19 infection was 2.75, down from 2.64 the previous day.
The rate refers to the ratio of community cases for the past week, compared to the previous week. A figure above one shows that the number of new weekly cases of Covid-19 is increasing.
Of the total cases, 2,007 were detected through polymerase chain reaction testing – comprising 1,577 local cases and 430 imported cases.
Another 1,489 cases were detected through rapid antigen tests (ART) and assessed by a doctor as having mild symptoms and low risk. The MOH began including cases detected by ART since last Friday.
Of the cases detected by ART, 1,480 were local and nine were imported.
The Health Ministry also reported one death, but did not provide further details.
There were 433 hospitalized patients, including 29 requiring supplemental oxygen and nine in the intensive care unit.
On Sunday, Singapore recorded a total of 313,772 cases of Covid-19, with 848 deaths.
Ninety-one percent of Singapore’s eligible population have completed the full vaccination course and 55% of the total population have received their booster vaccine.