Fifty-nine Indians are among the 233 new coronavirus cases reported in Singapore. The Ministry of Health has thus increased the total number of COVID-19 patients in the city-state to 2,532.
Of the new cases, 51 are associated with known clusters, 15 with previous cases. The remaining 167 have no links to previous cases until contact tracking is complete, the ministry said in its daily update on Sunday.
Seven new clusters or common meeting places have been found, including one connected to a restaurant in a five-star casino resort complex. The restaurant is associated with eight cases and McDonald's is associated with five infections.
Thirty-one of the 976 hospitalized patients are in critical condition in the intensive care unit, while most others are stable or improving.
There are 988 cases that are clinically good but have been tested positive for COVID-19. They are isolated and cared for in community facilities, the ministry said.
The number of deaths is eight.
Four other cases are associated with the Indian-based mega-store Mustafa Center, the total number of which increases to 82.
The number of work permit holders working in Singapore and in dormitory-related cases has increased significantly, and this is likely to increase, "especially as we conduct more aggressive dormitory testing," the ministry said.
Authorities further tightened circuit breaker measures to control the spread of the deadly disease. They recommended that commuters wear masks in public transport and close all beaches.
Markets also deny access to people who do not wear face masks, and grocery stores are fined if their employees do not wear masks or face shields.
During the circuit breaker period, which runs from April 7 to May 4, Singaporeans are only allowed to leave their homes for essential activities such as buying food and groceries.
The novel corona virus, which came from China in December, killed 114,185 people and infected over 1.8 million people worldwide. The United States has the highest number of infections (556,044) and deaths (over 20,000), according to Johns Hopkins University.