Singapore reports 618 new coronavirus cases, taking total to 12,693

FILE PHOTO: Residents receive free reusable masks distributed by the government at a community center, as stricter measures are announced to combat the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Singapore, April 5, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su

(Reuters) – Singapore has registered 618 new coronavirus infections, its health ministry said on Saturday, taking the city-state’s total number of COVID-19 cases to 12,693.

The vast majority of the new cases are migrant workers living in dormitories, the health ministry said in a statement. Seven are permanent residents.

The island of 5.7 million people now has one of the highest infection rates in Asia, according to official figures.

Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Kim Coghill

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