Singapore reported 386 new cases of Covid-19 as of noon local time on April 13 and it is said to be the biggest single-day jump.
Most of them are linked to infection clusters in dormitories that house foreign workers. The inhabitants of those dormitories are typically men from other Asian countries who carry out labor-intensive construction jobs in order to support their families back home.
Last week, Singapore announced an inter-agency task force whose goal is to contain the outbreak in the dormitories, which has worsened recently.
Monday’s numbers brought the total cases in the city-state to 2,918, while nine people have succumbed to the illness. The daily reported infections have gone up exponentially since March, first due to a growing number of imported cases and then because of the outbreak in the dormitories.
The health ministry said to-date 586 people have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals and community isolation facilities.