Singapore reported 73 new cases of COVID-19 infection in the country as of 12pm on March 25, a dramatic rise in the record daily number since the beginning of the outbreak.
Of these, 38 are imported and 35 are local cases, Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a press statement.
The 38 imported cases had travel history to Europe, North America, ASEAN and other parts of Asia. All except one were returning residents and Long Term Pass holders.
27 cases are linked to clusters or previous cases; and eight cases are currently unlinked, and contact tracing is ongoing.
A new cluster at PCF Sparkletots Preschool @ Fengshan Blk 126 (126 Bedok North Street 2) has been identified, with 18 cases linked to it. 14 of the patients are staff at the preschool, and four are family members of one of the cases there.
Meanwhile, five confirmed cases have been discharged from hospital. In all, 160 have fully recovered from the COVID-19 infection in Singapore.
Of the 404 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving. 17 are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
65 cases who are clinically well but still test positive for COVID-19 have been transferred to Concord International Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Hospital and the Community Isolation Facility at D’Resort NTUC for isolation and care.
Two have passed away from complications due to COVID-19 infection.