Sept 14 (Reuters) – The first case of a new coronavirus that has killed a man in Singapore has been confirmed, the Ministry of Health said, the highest-ever daily number of reported cases since the outbreak was identified two years ago.

The test results, on Friday, confirmed tests by 28 other hospitals across the city-state, the ministry said.

Tests were carried out at four hospitals in the city-state, four in Singapore, two in China and one in Israel.

Of the eight hospitals, three reported more than one case a day and four reported two to three patients per day.

The new virus, called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV), first emerged in Saudi Arabia in 2012 and has since infected 60 people there, the World Health Organization has said.

Its only known human case was in the United States in 2013.

The number of people who were diagnosed with MERS-CoV jumped to 22 from 1 for the whole of July, according to WHO.

Singapore has recorded nearly 1,500 cases. (Reporting by Umesh Desai; Editing by Kim Coghill)