SINGAPORE, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Singapore on Friday reported 1,650 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total tally in the country to 84,510.
Of the new cases, 1,369 were in the community, 277 in migrant worker dormitories and four were imported cases, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a press release.
A total of 1,092 COVID-19 cases are currently warded in hospitals. There are currently 162 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation, and 23 in critical condition in the ICU, said the ministry.
As of Thursday, 82 percent of the local population has completed two doses of COVID-19 vaccines, and 84 percent has received at least one dose, according to the MOH.
A 79-year-old male Singaporean, an 83-year-old male Singaporean, and an 86-year-old male Singaporean, died from complications due to COVID-19 infection on Friday.
In total, 73 have passed away due to the disease.
The ministry said in another press release that if the infection continues at its current trajectory, Singapore can expect to reach a daily count of 3,200 and beyond within the next two weeks.
To minimize the strain on the overall healthcare capacity, the following measures will take effect from Sept. 27 through Oct. 24.
Permissible group sizes for social gatherings will be reduced from a maximum of five persons to a maximum of two persons. Correspondingly, the maximum number of unique visitors per household will be reduced to two per day.
Individuals should continue to limit their overall number of social gatherings to not more than one per day, whether to another household, or meeting with friends and family members in a public place.
In order to better protect younger children who are not yet medically eligible for vaccination, the Ministry of Education had earlier announced that home-based learning will be implemented for all Primary and Special Education schools from Sept. 27 through Oct. 6.
Private Education Institutions must also implement the home-based learning for all students aged 12 years and below from Sept. 27 to Oct. 10, although preschool services in the institutions may remain open.
Work-from-home will be the default for employees who are able to do so. There should continue to be no cross-deployment of workers to multiple worksites for those who need to go into worksites to work.
Social gatherings at the workplace will continue to be disallowed. Employers should continue to implement flexible working hours and stagger the start times of employees who need to return to the workplace.
As of Sept. 23, almost 91,500 seniors have received their booster dose. Fifty-six percent of seniors who have been invited to-date for their booster dose have either booked an appointment or already received their booster dose.
From Oct. 4, Singapore will progressively invite persons aged 50 to 59 years who have completed their vaccination regimen with two doses at least six months ago to receive their booster dose of a PSAR mRNA vaccine.
Vaccination-differentiated safe management measures, mask wearing, and proper distancing remain essential to ensure that large events can proceed safely for attendees, the MOH said.