After some restrictions were relaxed, the number of infections has surged recently, prompting the city-state to suspend further reopening.
The Ministry of Health of Singapore said that after 5,324 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the city-state, it is investigating an “abnormal surge” of infections-the most since the pandemic began.
Singapore also recorded 10 new deaths on Wednesday, bringing the death toll to 349.
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a statement on Wednesday evening: “Today’s number of infections is unusually high, mainly due to the fact that testing laboratories have detected many positive cases of COVID within a few hours in the afternoon.”
“The Ministry of Health is investigating this unusual case surge in a relatively short period of time and is closely monitoring the trend in the coming days.”
As of Wednesday, a total of 20,895 people in Singapore are recovering from COVID-19 in their homes. The Ministry of Health statement added that at the same time, 4,589 people were in community care facilities, 849 were in treatment facilities, and 1,777 were under observation in hospitals.
After some restrictions were relaxed, the number of infections has surged recently, prompting Singapore to postpone further reopening.
The city-state extended its social restrictions for about a month last week to control the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the pressure on the healthcare system.
More than 80% of Singapore’s population has been vaccinated against the virus.