Singapore Reports Highest Daily Coronavirus Cases

(Bloomberg) -- Singapore reported its highest daily increase of coronavirus cases on Sunday, as infections rose among foreign workers housed in massive dormitories.

Authorities said an additional 120 cases were confirmed, bringing the total to 1,309 in the city-state. Of the new cases, only four involved patients with recent travel history, officials said at a briefing on Sunday.

In particular, two previously reported clusters, involving dorms for foreign workers, saw a jump in the number of cases. These two dorms have now been declared “isolation areas” and any individuals residing there will have to stay in their rooms for 14 days to avoid the spread of the virus, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo.

Almost 20,000 people live in the two dorms. Singapore’s government will also convert a large expo venue into a community care facility, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said.

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