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[Newsphopick=Hani Na] Singapore saw its sharpest single-day spike of 728 new coronavirus cases yesterday, bringing the total number of cases here to 4,427.
While the spread of the virus in the wider community has held steady over the past two weeks, the number of cases linked to foreign workers in dormitories has risen exponentially over the past two weeks, accounting for 654 of yesterday's new cases.
The bulk of the cases are in large purpose-built dormitories - 19 of the 43 such dorms have clusters. But there are also 12 clusters at smaller factory-converted dormitories.
On the other hand, no imported cases have been announced since April 9 - a sign that progressive travel restrictions and measures requiring returning travellers to serve their 14 day stay-home notice at government facilities have paid off.
With the addition of four more dormitories in the past two days, a total of 12 dormitories have now been declared isolation areas. Workers at these lodgings must be quarantined in their rooms for 14 days.