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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 811 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Saturday (Jan 8), including 544 imported infections.

There were no fatalities, with the death toll from coronavirus complications remaining at 837, according to the latest infection statistics on the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) website.

Saturday’s case count was up from the 777 infections reported on Friday.

Among the new cases reported on Saturday, 267 were locally transmitted, comprising 253 in the community and 14 in migrant worker’s dormitories.

A total of 404 new Omicron infections were also confirmed on Saturday, comprising 243 imported cases and 161 local cases.

The daily COVID-19 cases and new confirmed Omicron cases are presented as two separate sets of data on MOH’s website.

The weekly infection growth rate on Saturday was 1.73, up from Friday’s 1.69. The statistic – viewed by authorities as a key indicator in calibrating COVID-19 measures – refers to the ratio of community cases for the past week over the week before.

A rate of more than 1 means that the number of new weekly cases is rising. The weekly infection growth rate surpassed 1 for the first time since Nov 12 on Tuesday.

As of Saturday, Singapore has recorded 284,802 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

HOSPITALISATIONS AND VACCINATIONS

The intensive care unit (ICU) utilisation rate was 43.4 per cent, slightly up from the 43.2 per cent reported on Friday. 

There were 160 patients in hospital, with 12 requiring oxygen supplementation.

In the ICU, one patient required close monitoring while 11 patients were critically ill.

As of Friday, 91 per cent of Singapore’s eligible population have completed their full vaccination regimen under the national vaccination programme.

This figure has been updated to include children aged five to 11 after vaccination for this age group started last week. About 45 per cent of the total population have received their vaccine booster shots.