With 788 new infections, number of Covid-19 cases crosses 20,000 in Singapore

With 788 new infections, number of Covid-19 cases crosses 20,000 in Singapore

SINGAPORE, May 6 – The Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 788 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore as of Wednesday noon (May 6), taking the total count in the country past 20,000.

Among the new cases are 11 Singaporeans and permanent residents, while migrant workers living in dormitories form the majority of the remaining cases.

More details will be released later on Wednesday, the ministry added.

With Wednesday’s cases, Singapore has now reported 20,198 coronavirus cases, the most in South-east Asia.

From the first coronavirus case on Jan 23, Singapore took about 13 weeks to cross the 10,000 mark on April 22.

But this figure doubled in a much shorter time in the last two weeks to hit just over 20,000 on Wednesday.

MOH has said the recent spike in patient numbers is largely driven by the increase in cases in dormitories and active testing of workers staying there.

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