Singapore will close schools and most workplaces except for essential services like supermarkets and banks for one month, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong says, as part of stricter measures, intended as a “circuit breaker,” to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
While the city has won international praise for its efforts to stem the spread of the virus, its infections have been rising sharply in recent weeks, to 1114 on 3rd April, and five people have died.
“We have decided that instead of tightening incrementally over the next few weeks, we should make a decisive move now, to pre-empt escalating infections,” Lee said in a speech, and promised more support for households and businesses.
Food establishments, markets and supermarkets, clinics, hospitals, utilities, transport and key banking services will remain open.
The new measures will be in place from 7th April until 4th May, while schools will move to full home-based learning from 8th April. The measures could be extended beyond a month if the situation did not improve, authorities said.
Will Hong Kong follow?