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Singapore reports 60 new Covid cases in 10-month high

This comes just days after the city-state moved to ease some restrictions.

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Singapore reported 60 new Covid-19 cases today, the highest number of daily cases on record since September last year.

The latest numbers come just days after Singapore moved to ease restrictions such as allowing five people to dine in instead of two.

Media reports say 56 of today’s cases were locally transmitted infections, of which 41 were linked to a KTV lounge cluster.

This includes a passenger on board a Dream Cruises ship which was forced to turn back several hours ahead of schedule earlier today.

The individual, who returned a positive PCR test, was believed to have been in close contact with another case before boarding although the Straits Times said the passenger was fully vaccinated and had tested negative for the virus before boarding.

Today’s infections brought the number of cases linked to the KTV lounge cluster to 53, a huge jump from just 12 on Tuesday.

According to Channel NewsAsia, this is the most daily cases reported since Sept 11 last year when 86 infections were logged, the bulk of which were workers living in dormitories.

Singapore’s total caseload now stands at 62,804.

About two-thirds of the population has received at least a first dose of vaccine, with the city-state’s task force on Covid-19 estimating that half of the population will be fully vaccinated by the end of the month.

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