18th April, 2020
Singapore’s health ministry confirmed 942 more coronavirus infections on Saturday, a new daily record.
The new cases take the total in the city-state, which is under a partial lockdown, to 5,992.
So far, it has reported 11 deaths from the disease.
The vast majority of the infections were among migrant workers living in dormitories.
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.
This has earned the city-state praise from the World Health Organisation.
The Ministry of Health reported just 14 cases among Singaporeans and permanent residents on Saturday.
But the disease is spreading rapidly within the large migrant worker community.
This underscored what rights groups said is a weak link in containment efforts.
Authorities, meanwhile, have ramped up testing for the disease in the dormitories.