S’pore’s new Covid-19 cases continue to fall below 10,000; weekly infection rate at lowest since January 1

SINGAPORE — The number of daily Covid-19 cases continued to fall below 10,000 for the second time in about a month, with 9,042 total cases reported on Monday March 14.

The weekly growth rate of Covid-19 infections also remained below a Monday, falling to 0.84, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily update.

That’s the lowest since Jan. 1 this year, and down from 0.87 on Sunday. The rate refers to the ratio of community cases last week compared to the previous week. A rate greater than one indicates that the number of new weekly cases of Covid-19 is increasing.

There were also 1,310 hospitalizations as of midday Monday. That’s down from Sunday’s figure of 9,701 infections and 1,348 hospitalizations.

It is the 13th day in a row that the weekly infection rate has fallen below one since March 2.

There were eight deaths on Monday, compared to six on Sunday.

There were also 37 patients in the intensive care unit and 171 who needed supplemental oxygen.

Of the local cases, 7,528 were detected through rapid antigen testing (ART) and were assessed by a physician as having mild symptoms and low risk.

Another 1,413 cases were detected through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing.

There were 101 new imported cases, of which 31 were detected by PCR tests and 70 by ART.

On Monday, Singapore recorded a total of 948,478 Covid-19 cases and 1,153 deaths.

About 95% of the eligible population in Singapore have completed their full vaccination course and 70% of the total population have received their booster.