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Sweeping new measures in Singapore to check virus spread

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Sweeping new measures in Singapore to check virus spread

Entertainment outlets here such as bars and cinemas will be closed from 11.59pm tomorrow until April 30 at least. Bars, cinemas and all other entertainment outlets will be closed from 11.59pm tomorrow until April 30 at least, as Singapore’s fight against Covid-19 enters a new phase amid a wave of imported cases.

The multi-ministry task force set up to combat the outbreak announced sweeping changes to limit gatherings, protect the vulnerable and strongly discourage travel.

So, tuition and enrichment classes at centres as well as all religious services will be suspended.

People will have to limit gatherings outside of work and school to 10 persons or fewer, while malls, museums and restaurants must reduce crowd density to stay open.

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In addition, with about 1,000 residents and long-term pass holders here still travelling abroad daily despite advice not to do so, those who leave the country from Friday will have to pay unsubsidised rates should they be hospitalised for Covid-19 treatment.

Singaporeans must take the measures very seriously, said task force co-chairman and National Development Minister Lawrence Wong. The measures are pre-emptive, but come at a time of real risks, he stressed.

"All over the world, millions of people are living in a different reality. Workplaces are closed, shops are empty, roads are empty, everyone is asked to stay home," he said.Singapore had not reached this point, but the risk of local transmission will rise with more imported cases, he said. "So, we have to take seriously the measures to protect our family members and the people around us."He called for everyone to stay at home as much as possible."Stay at home as much as you […]

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