By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The Singapore Ministry of Health reported an additional 1,178 new COVID-19 cases Tuesday, the most since April 2020, as the country seeks to live with the virus.

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As of 21 September 2021, 1,109 COVID-19 cases are currently warded in hospital. Most are well and under observation. There are currently 147 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and 17 in critical condition in the ICU. Of those who have fallen very ill, 135 are seniors above 60 years.

Since the start of the pandemic, Singapore has reported a cumulative 79,899 total cases, including 65 deaths.

13,207 cases have been reported over the past 28 days. During this time, the percentage of local cases who were asymptomatic or had mild symptoms is 97.9%. 246 cases required oxygen supplementation and 23 had been in the ICU. Of these 54.3% were fully vaccinated and 45.7% were unvaccinated/ partially vaccinated. 8 have died, of whom 25% were fully vaccinated and 75% were unvaccinated/ partially vaccinated.

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More than 80 percent of the country have been vaccinated, with one of the highest vaccination rates globally–82% of the population has completed their full regimen/ received two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and 84% has received at least one dose.

Authorities have shied away from new restrictions in recent weeks, and ministers previously warned that COVID cases would surge past 1,000 as the country seeks to live with the virus, a reversal to there former strategy.

“This rapid and exponential rise in daily infections that we are experiencing now is what every country that seeks to live with COVID-19 has to go through at some point,” Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said at a media briefing recently.

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