Singapore confirmed 1,037 new cases of COVID-19 as of noon on Thursday (Apr 23), taking the total number of COVID-19 cases to 11,178.
This is also the fourth consecutive day that Singapore has reported over 1,000 new cases in a day.
According to the Ministry of Health (MOH), the vast majority of the new cases are work permit holders residing in foreign worker dormitories.
Twenty-one of the new cases are Singaporeans or permanent residents (PRs).
“We are still working through the details of the cases, and further updates will be shared via the MOH press release that will be issued tonight,” the ministry added.
With Thursday’s tally, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore has now exceeded that of South Korea. To date, South Korea has reported a total of 10,702 cases.
Singapore also now ranks fifth in Asia in active COVID-19 cases, having overtaken Japan.
Singapore also has the second highest density of COVID-19 cases in Asia with 1,911 cases per 1 million people.
However, the total number of fatalities remain low with 12 reported deaths to date. Singapore is also ramping up its testing efforts, conducting 3,000 tests daily, the majority of them on foreign workers.