SINGAPORE, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Singapore reported 8,565 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, bringing the total tally to 1,694,454.

Of the new cases, 841 cases were detected through PCR (polymerase chain reaction) tests and 7,724 through ART (antigen rapid test) tests, according to statistics released by the Ministry of Health.

Among the PCR cases, 795 were local transmissions and 46 were imported cases. Among the ART cases with mild symptoms and assessed to be of low risk, there were 7,411 local transmissions and 313 imported cases, respectively.

A total of 688 cases are currently warded in hospitals, with 18 cases in intensive care units.

Two deaths were reported from COVID-19 on Thursday, lifting the total death toll to 1,492, the ministry said.