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Singapore extends COVID-19 ‘circuit breaker’ lockdown till June

Singapore extends COVID-19 ‘circut breaker’ lockdown till June

Singapore government announced a four-week extension of the city-state’s partial lockdown to stop the spread of COVID-19 infections.

Singapore’s  Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said today that the lockdown now will be in effect until June 1.

The measures, which include the closures of most workplaces and schools, were initially set to run from April 7 until May 4.

Singapore on Tuesday confirmed 1,111 new coronavirus cases, taking the total infections to 9,125.

Most of the cases were migrant workers living in dormitories – a group that accounts for more than three-quarters of Singapore’s total infections, according to its health ministry.

The World Health Organization’s regional office said on Tuesday that Singapore – which has the highest number of reported cases in Southeast Asia – is facing “very difficult challenges” as the result of a recent surge in infections. However, the city-state has the healthcare system and risk management capacity to handle it, it added.