Singapore’s health ministry has said that it is looking into an “unusual surge” in infections after the city-state reported 5,324 new cases of COVID-19 — the most since the beginning of the pandemic.
Singapore also recorded 10 new deaths from the disease on Wednesday, increasing the toll to 349.
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“The infection numbers are unusually high today, mostly due to many COVID-positive cases detected by the testing laboratories within a few hours in the afternoon,” the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement on Wednesday night.
“MOH is looking into this unusual surge in cases within a relatively short window, and closely monitoring the trends for the next few days.”
As of Wednesday, a total of 20,895 people in Singapore are recovering from COVID-19 in their own homes. Meanwhile, 4,589 are in community care facilities and 849 are in treatment facilities, while 1,777 are in hospital for observation, the MOH statement added.
A recent spike in infections after the relaxation of some restrictions has prompted Singapore to postpone further reopening.
The city-state extended its social curbs last week to contain the spread of COVID-19 for about a month in order to ease the pressure on the healthcare system.
More than 80 percent of Singapore’s population has been vaccinated against the virus.