SINGAPORE, March 26 (CNA) - Singapore reported 52 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday (Mar 26), bringing the total number of cases to 683.

A total of 28 cases are imported, while 24 are local cases, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a press release.

The imported cases had travelled to Europe, North America, Middle East, ASEAN and other parts of Asia. All except two were returning residents and long-term pass holders, MOH added.

Eight cases had travelled to the United Kingdom while three other cases had been in the United States.

Ten cases are linked to clusters or previous cases while 14 cases are currently unlinked.

Twelve more cases have recovered and been discharged from hospital. To date, a total of 172 cases have fully recovered from the infection.

Of the 404 confirmed cases who are still in hospital, most are stable or improving. Eighteen are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

A total of 87 other cases who are clinically well but tested 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 patients died last Saturday from complications due to COVID-19 infection.