Prime Minister Lee Hsieng Loong spoke in front of the nation today (April 3) about the situation of COVID-19.
While the number of new cases used to be small, the daily number of coronavirus cases has increased, PM Lee said. While there were previously fewer than 10 new cases per day, we now routinely have more than 50 new cases per day.
Initially, many of the new cases were imported from overseas, mainly from Singapore, but there were more local cases last week.
As part of stricter virus containment measures, PM Lee announced that all jobs will be closed for a month starting April 7.
"We shouldn't disrupt sectors of the economy that are strategic or part of a global supply chain," said PM Lee.
"People who work in these industries can still go to work with safe distancing measures, but most other work spaces need to be closed."
If the person can work from home, he should do so, he said. But others will not, including foreign workers on construction sites and in shipyards.
These workers live in dormitories and arrangements will be made to take care of them.
He added that grocery stores, markets and supermarkets, clinics, hospitals, utilities, transportation companies and key banking services will remain open as they are essential services.
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