Singapore Reports 942 New Covid-19 Cases in Biggest Daily Jump

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Total Covid-49 cases reach 5,992.

Singapore’s health ministry confirmed 942 more coronavirus infections today, a new daily record, the vast majority of which are among migrant workers living in dormitories.

Ong Wee Jin/ST

Authorities have managed to mitigate the spread of the virus and the Covid-19 respiratory disease it causes among Singapore’s citizens by rigorous contact tracing and surveillance, earning praise from the World Health Organisation.

The Ministry of Health reported just 14 cases among Singaporeans and permanent residents today.

But the disease is spreading rapidly within the large migrant worker community, highlighting what rights groups say is a weak link in containment efforts. Authorities have ramped up testing for the disease in the dormitories.

Today’s new cases take the total in the city-state, which is under a partial lockdown, to 5,992. It has reported 11 deaths from the disease.