March 21, 2020 / 12:35 PM / 12 days ago

Singapore reports 47 more coronavirus cases after first deaths

FILE PHOTO: People wearing masks take an escalator at Changi Airport, following the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore March 5, 2020. REUTERS/Edgar Su

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore on Saturday reported 47 new cases of coronavirus, which were mainly imported, taking the city-state’s tally to 432 infections.

Of the new cases, 39 were imported and had a travel history to countries including Australia, Europe, North America and Southeast Asian nations, the health ministry said in a statement. A majority were returning residents and long-term pass holders.

Saturday’s number of new cases is the same as the count reported on March 18, the city-state’s biggest daily jump.

Singapore also reported two virus-related deaths on Saturday of people with underlying health conditions, marking the first fatalities in the city-state’s widely praised battle against the infection.

Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan in Singapore; Editing by Alexander Smith

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