The total number of confirmed coronavirus infections in Singapore has reached 5,000, according to the country’s Ministry of Health, after another 623 cases were reported on Friday.
Singapore has experienced a rapid rise in cases after a second wave of infections brought back from other parts of the world.
There are now at least 5,050 infections and 11 deaths from the virus, according to the government.
Just one of the new cases on Friday was an imported infection, showing the disease is now being spread through the community.
“We are particularly concerned that it is increasingly difficult to link the new cases and identify the source of infection,” the Ministry of Health said in the press release.
“In fact, the number of unlinked cases in the community has increased slightly, from an average of 19 cases per day in the week before, to an average of 22 per day in the past week.”
Among the new cases reported, 558 are foreign workers residing in dormitories, the ministry said.
Last week, Singapore announced it would move foreign workers into alternative living arrangements such as military camps and vacant government apartments amid a spike in cases.