FILE PHOTO: A person sporting a protecting face masks disinfects drains at Westlite Toh Guan dormitory, because the outbreak of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19) continues, in Singapore April 7, 2020. Ministry of Manpower Singapore/Handout through REUTERS

SINGAPORE (1) – Singapore’s well being ministry confirmed on Monday a further 1,426 cases of the COVID-19 an infection, a record day by day jump, primarily amongst overseas staff residing in dormitories.

Authorities have managed to mitigate the unfold of the virus and the COVID-19 respiratory illness it causes amongst Singapore’s residents by rigorous contact tracing and surveillance, incomes reward from the World Well being Group.

However the illness is spreading quickly inside the giant migrant employee group, highlighting what rights teams say is a weak hyperlink in containment efforts. Authorities have ramped up testing for the illness within the dormitories.

Among the many new cases, 16 cases are of Singaporeans or everlasting residents. Town-state’s tally of cases stands at 8,014, with 11 fatalities.

Singapore has the best quantity of cases of the illness in Southeast Asia, based mostly on official knowledge.

Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan in Singapore; Modifying by Catherine Evans