Singapore is extending its circuit breaker by four weeks, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced.
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As of Tuesday, Singapore had 9,125 cases, the highest number of COVID-19 cases registered in Southeast Asia.
“I hope you understand that this short-term pain is to stamp out the virus, protect the health and safety of our loved ones and allow us to revive our economy,” Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong commented on the TV announcement.
Singapore is extending its circuit breaker by four weeks to 1st June against the backdrop of a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said.
In a televised address, Lee said the country of 5.7 million people needed to hunker down and press on with social distancing measures, termed a “circuit breaker,” to stop the outbreak from spreading.
Singapore has seen a massive jump in infections among migrant workers living in cramped dormitories, which has become the city state’s greatest challenge in tackling the COVID-19 spreading. Infections among these workers made up 76 per cent of Singapore’s cases.
Singapore has been under circuit breaker since 7th April, with most workplaces and schools closed and only businesses providing essential services such as food or groceries allowed to remain open.
It is also now confirmed that Changi Airport Terminal 2 will suspend operations for 18 months starting from 1st May due to COVID19 impact on the aviation sector.
(Source: South China Morning Post)