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Virus tallies rise for Singapore

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SINGAPORE: Singapore has reported a record daily high number of new COVID-19 cases while Russia’s official daily coronaviru­s-linked fatalities have hit their highest point since the start of the pandemic.

Singapore’s health ministry registered 2236 new infections on Tuesday and five related deaths that took September’s pandemic fatalities to 30, the most in a month.

The new virus cases took the total to more than 90,000 and came a day after tighter restrictio­ns came into force, with restaurant dining limited to two per table and people advised to again work from home.

The country had until last month avoided the spread of the Delta variant.

Singapore was planning ways to live with what the government said would become an ‘‘endemic’’ disease.

More than 24,000 cases have been confirmed over the past 28 days, the ministry said on Tuesday although nine in 10 reportedly have displayed mild symptoms or none.

The Statistics Department announced earlier on Tuesday that the wealthy city-state’s population had dropped from about 5.7 million to 5.45 million over the 12 months up to June.

It attributed the fall to the pandemic and related restrictio­ns causing a drop in foreign worker numbers.

Confirmed coronaviru­s-linked deaths in Russia hit another record at 852 on Tuesday.

Russia’s state coronaviru­s task force reported the increase from the previous record of 828 on Friday.

Daily coronaviru­s infections in Russia have fallen from more than 20,000 in late August to about 18,000 in mid-September.

However, the numbers have started creeping up again.

 ?? Picture: EPA/How Hwee Young ?? Cases climb: A man wearing a protective face mask walks past the Marina Bay Sands buildings in Singapore
Picture: EPA/How Hwee Young Cases climb: A man wearing a protective face mask walks past the Marina Bay Sands buildings in Singapore

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