Singapore, Aug 18 (PTI) Singapore reported 100 new COVID-19 cases, mostly foreign workers, pushing the nationwide tally to 55,938, the health ministry said on Tuesday.
The new patients included two imported and one community cases, it said.
Most of the new infections are reported among foreign workers who are under quarantine, the ministry said.
The deadly virus has so far infected 55,938 people and claimed 27 lives, it said.
While 52,350 patients have recovered so far, 82 others are in hospitals and 3,379 are isolated and cared for at community facilities for mild symptoms, the ministry said.
Meanwhile, Singapore’s infectious diseases expert Paul Tambyah said a mutation of the novel coronavirus increasingly common throughout Europe and recently detected in Malaysia may be more infectious but appears less deadly.
Tambyah, a senior consultant at the National University of Singapore and president-elect of the US-based International Society of Infectious Diseases, said the D614G mutation has also been found in Singapore.
There is evidence that the proliferation of the mutation in Europe has coincided with a drop in death rates, suggesting it is less lethal, said Tambyah, an Indian-origin Singaporean.
The mutation is not likely to impact the efficacy of a potential vaccine, despite warnings to the contrary from other health experts, he added. PTI GS SCY