611 Covid-19 patients in hospital in S'pore; 49 need oxygen support, 12 in ICU
There were 611 Covid-19 patients who were in hospital on Thursday (Jan 27). Of those, 49 needed oxygen support and 12 were in the intensive care unit.
This means that 31 more people were in hospital compared to the day before, with five more people who needed oxygen support, and one more patient in ICU.
Singapore reported a weekly infection growth rate of 2.37, which means that it is taking less than one week for case numbers to double.
The rate refers to the ratio of community cases for the past week, over the week before. A rate of more than one shows that the number of new weekly Covid-19 cases is increasing.
There were 5,090 new community cases on Thursday, said the Health Ministry, up from 4,560 the day before.
About 70 per cent of Thursday's local cases - or 3,553 of them - were detected by antigen rapid tests, indicating that they had no symptoms or only mild symptoms.
The remaining 1,537 were detected through polymerase chain reaction tests.
Another 379 cases were detected in travellers entering Singapore.
The total number of Covid-19 cases that Singapore has detected since the first case in January 2019 now stands at 333,071, with 850 deaths.
Some 91 per cent of Singapore's eligible population has completed the full vaccination regimen, and 57 per cent of the total population has received a vaccine booster shot.