Singapore records highest daily jump as infections exceed 46,000

People, wearing face masks, walk on a bridge along the Marina Bay area in Singapore on June 30. (AP pic)

SINGAPORE: Singapore, which has been in Phase Two of reopening its economy and social activities since June 19, has confirmed another 322 new Covid-19 cases of in the last 24 hours.

The increase bumps the infection tally for the republic to 46,283 cases.

According to the noon data released by its Ministry of Health (MOH) today, the vast majority of the cases were work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories.
Based on its investigations so far, there were 11 cases in the community, of whom two were Singaporeans and nine were work pass holders.

In addition, MOH said there were five imported cases placed under Stay-Home Notice upon arrival in Singapore.

“The higher number of cases today is mainly due to fewer tests being conducted by the Covid-19 testing laboratories over the public holiday and weekend on July 10 and July 11, with the backlog of samples being cleared from July 12,” said the ministry.

In its full data released late yesterday, Singapore classified 611 of its cases as imported, 2,052 as community cases and 43,298 as dorm residents.

As of noon yesterday, 42,285 or about 92% of the patients had fully recovered and discharged from hospitals or community care facilities.

There were still 182 confirmed cases in hospital yesterday, with one in the intensive care unit.

The statement added that 3,468 patients who had symptoms or were clinically well but still tested positive for Covid-19 have been isolated and are being cared for at community facilities.

So far, 26 people have died in the city-state from complications due to Covid-19, with the first two fatalities reported on March 21.

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