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Singapore shutdown starts with stimulus targeting food deliveries

Government funds 5% commission fees during 4 weeks of restraint

A food delivery biker passes closed restaurants at Boat Quay, Singapore, on April 7, the first day of the city's restrictive measures to curb the spread of coronavirus. REUTERS/Edgar Su   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- As Asian countries roll out economic relief measures for businesses and households hit by the coronavirus pandemic, Singapore has targeted food delivery services in a bid to help restaurants survive this period in which most people are working from home.

On Tuesday, Singapore began four weeks of heightened restraint on normal life, with most workplaces and schools closed and people required to stay home as much as possible. The nationwide shutdown is slated to last until May 4.

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