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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."

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