WORLD Singapore reports biggest single-day spike in coronavirus cases

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Singapore reports biggest single-day spike in coronavirus cases

By Lin Rui | People's Daily app

22:08, April 09, 2020

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Bangkok (People's Daily) - Singapore reported 287 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the biggest daily increase since the outbreak began here in January, bringing the total number of infections to 1,910, with 7 deaths, said the Ministry of Health of Singapore.

Of the confirmed cases, three are from people who recently returned from out of the country. The remaining are from local transmission, with most of the cases linked to foreign worker dormitories.

To cut the chain of transmission in dormitories, thousands of foreign workers who are healthy — especially those working in essential services — will be moved to army camps, floating hotels, and vacant Housing Board blocks. 

Singapore has also started active case detection and is swab-testing workers in various dormitories, said the Singapore Health Ministry's Director of Medical Services Kenneth Mak at a press conference on Thursday.

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