Singapore announces circuit breaker extension until June 1

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In an announcement today, Singapore’s Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Loong has announced the extension of the country’s circuit breaker until June 1. The decision follows a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases.

The country had 9,125 cases, making it home to the highest number in the region.

The prime minister in a televised address urged the country’s 5.7 million people to press on with the social distancing measures in places to prevent any further outbreak.

Lee has also stated that the Singaporean government will make further adjustments, hinting on easing several measures after June 1.

“But 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,” he said.

Singapore saw a jump in positive cases after a majority number of migrant workers were tested positive, making up for 76 percent of the cases in the country.

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