Singapore — which has one of Asia’s smallest populations — is emerging with the region’s highest number of coronavirus cases after the world’s two most populous countries.
The island-nation reported 931 new cases on Sunday, with the total number of infections exceeding 13,000, overtaking Japan. Only China and India have more cases in Asia.
The majority of infections remain among migrant workers living in close quarters in dormitories, presenting a major setback to Singapore’s early success in containing the spread of the virus. Its citizens and permanent residents made up just 15 of the new cases, the government said in a statement Sunday.
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Still, none of the cases from the latest outbreak at dormitories required intensive care because the migrant workers are generally young and symptoms were mild, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said April 21.
The country — smaller in size than New York City — also has one of the lowest death rates from the pandemic with a total of 12 fatalities.