SINGAPORE, 23 Jan (CNA)- Singapore reported 3,496 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Sunday (Jan 23), comprising 3,057 local and 439 imported infections.

The infections include the number of Protocol 2 cases, after the Ministry of Health (MOH) changed its daily reporting structure on Friday.

Protocol 2 cases are individuals who are well and have tested positive, or have been assessed by a doctor to have a mild condition.

Two sets of numbers will be reported every day - one for the infections confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, and another for the Protocol 2 cases.

There was one fatality, according to the latest infection statistics on the MOH website. This takes the death toll from coronavirus complications to 848.

The weekly infection growth rate is 2.75, up from Saturday's 2.64. A figure above 1 means that the number of new weekly cases is rising.

A total of 1,489 new Protocol 2 infections were confirmed on Sunday, comprising nine imported cases and 1,480 local cases.

Another 2,007 cases were confirmed via PCR tests. A total of 1,577 cases were local infections while 430 were imported.

As of Sunday, Singapore has recorded 313,772 COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.