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Singapore to shut workplaces for a month in drastic coronavirus shift

Schools will also close in what PM calls a 'decisive move' but not a 'lockdown'

A screen in Singapore’s central business district shows a telecast of Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressing the outbreak of COVID-19 disease.   © Reuters

SINGAPORE -- Singapore on Friday announced it will shut most workplaces and schools for a month, effective next week, calling the more aggressive coronavirus containment measures a "circuit breaker" and avoiding the word "lockdown."

Come Tuesday, businesses will close except for essential services such as supermarkets, hospitals and transport. Starting Wednesday, all schools including universities will shift to full home-based learning until May 4.

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