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    SINGAPORE now SHUTS Schools, Workplaces over Coronavirus

    Planet Desk | 03 April 2020 | 8:36 pm

    City state Singapore has now opted for more strict measures to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. As part of that, the authority has decided to shut down all schools and workplaces for a month across the nation. The Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced this in a speech to the nation on April 3. Yet, some essential services and key economic sectors will be exempted from this measure.

    Recently, coronavirus cases, both domestic and imported, have risen sharply in the country, pushing authorities to go for further tightening steps. The country now has over 1000 cases. Of them, five has become victims to the virus as of April 3.

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    To stop the spread of the virus, the Southeast Asian nation earlier has adopted some social distancing measures. But the authorities had allowed schools, offices and restaurants remain open. Now these are decided to be kept under closures in the wake of recent surges in cases.

    The PM said in his speech, ‘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.’

    The PM also urged his every citizen to stay home as much as possible and to avoid socializing with others beyond their own household. Source : Reuters

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