SINGAPORE, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Singapore reported 1,239 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a press release.
Of the new cases, 1,193 were in the community, 24 were in migrant worker dormitories and 22 were imported cases, bringing the total tally in the country to 264,725.
A total of 1,113 COVID-19 cases are currently warded in hospitals, with 216 cases requiring oxygen supplementation in the general ward, 13 cases being unstable and under close monitoring in the ICU, and 65 cases being critically ill and intubated in the ICU. The current overall ICU utilization rate is 58.5 percent.
Eight more patients have died from complications due to COVID-19 infections, bringing the death toll to 718, the ministry said.
The ministry also announced on Tuesday that Singapore will enhance its testing protocols for travelers arriving in Singapore after 23:59 local time of Dec. 2, so as to step up detection and containment of the Omicron variant until more information is available.
These enhanced measures will apply for four weeks in the first instance, and will be reviewed and extended if necessary.
Meanwhile, as a precautionary measure, Singapore will revert to a weekly Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) rostered routine testing for airport and other border frontline workers who may come into contact with travelers from countries or regions affected by the Omicron variant.
Besides, Singapore will not allow cases confirmed or suspected to be infected with the Omicron variant to undergo home recovery, and instead will convey them to the National Center for Infectious Diseases for isolation and management.