SINGAPORE – Two more nursing homes joined the list of new clusters, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Wednesday (September 15).
The clusters at Orange Valley Nursing Home in Simei and Jamiyah Nursing Home both have 13 cases each.
All 13 cases in Orange Valley are residents, while in the Jamiyah home on West Coast Drive, the cases involve 10 residents and three employees.
In total, there were 770 new cases in society on Wednesday – a new peak in over a year.
There were also 34 cases among dormitories and three imported, giving the total number in Singapore to 807 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday.
This is more than double last Wednesday’s total of 349 cases.
The total number of infections in Singapore is now 73,938, with 58 deaths.
Of the local cases on Wednesday, 238 seniors are over 60 years old.
A new case was added to the cluster at All Saints Home in Jurong East, resulting in a total of 12 cases.
Ren Ci nursing home also had three new cases, with the cluster now a total of 32.
All personal visits to nursing homes have been suspended for a month since last Monday, after MOH discovered 42 cases in 18 elderly care facilities and providers.
The ministry had said this on Sunday the stop of visits continues until October 11 to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in elderly care and to buy time to encourage more unvaccinated elderly people to take their pictures.
This time window is also used to roll out tthe vaccine enhancer program for elderly care residents, who will see these seniors get their third vaccine shot against Covid-19.
On Wednesday, another 11 cases were added to the Chinatown Complex cluster, bringing the total to 197 cases. The complex has been closed to the public since Sunday (September 12).
There are currently 822 Covid-19 patients in the hospital, an increase from 809 the day before.
There were also 76 cases in need of oxygen supplementation and nine in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
Of those who have become very ill, 66 are older than 60.
The clusters linked to staff at five bus exchanges in Toa Payoh, Tampines, Boon Lay, Bishan and Clementi had 16 new cases.
The total number of cases in these exchanges is 657.