Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong announces one-month shutdown, says prepared to deal with COVID-19

Essential services and key economic sectors will function during the coronavirus pandemic-triggered lockdown.

Published: 03rd April 2020 02:55 PM  |   Last Updated: 03rd April 2020 02:56 PM   |  A+A-

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (File Photo | AFP)


SINGAPORE: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday announced 1-month shutdown starting next Tuesday, saying that most workplaces, except for essential services and key economic sectors, will be closed down.

"Since COVID-19, we have responded to the crisis calmly and systematically, planning ahead and adjusting our measures as the situation changed," said Lee Hsien Loong in a Facebook post.

"We will close most workplace except for all essential services and key economic sectors. Food establishments, supermarkets, hospital, transport and key banking services will remain open," he added.

He also said that the country is in control and prepared to deal with any future COVID-19 outbreak situation.

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"Let me reassure Singaporeans that our food supply is secure and adequate. Buy just what you need, and share any extra you have with those who need it. Let's stay calm and united during this challenging period," he said.

The number of coronavirus cases surpassed 1,000 this week with 5 deaths.

The global tally of the total number of people infected by coronavirus as of Friday crossed 1,000,000 and the death toll from the disease exceeded 50,000, as per the data provided by Johns Hopkins University.


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  • Sachit Pande

    It is not the unplanned lockdown and not as en masse as India.
    1 year ago reply
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