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Singapore to ease some coronavirus restrictions over next few weeks

Selected activities such as home-based businesses, laundry services and barbers will be allowed to operate from May 12.

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Singapore is facing the deepest recession in its 55-year history, compounded by restrictions called ‘circuit breakers’ due to last until June 1, which include the closure of most workplaces and shops.

will start easing some curbs put in place to contain the spread of the over the next few weeks, authorities said on Saturday, as the city-state takes the first tentative steps towards reopening its

Selected activities such as home-based businesses, laundry services and barbers will be allowed to operate from May 12. Some students will be allowed to go back to schools in small groups from May 19.

Some work premises will be allowed to gradually reopen, taking into account their importance to the and supply chains and their ability to minimise risks of transmission.

is facing the deepest recession in its 55-year history, compounded by restrictions called ‘circuit breakers’ due to last until June 1, which include the closure of most workplaces and shops.

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“We are preparing for the safe and gradual resumption of economic and community activities after the end of the circuit breaker period on 1 June 2020,” the ministry of health said in a statement.

has among the highest number of infections in Asia, mainly due to outbreaks in cramped migrant-worker dormitories. It has managed to curb the spread of the disease among locals outside the dormitories.

On Saturday it confirmed 447 new infections, the smallest daily rise in two weeks, taking the total to 17,548 with 16 virus-related deaths. Most of the new cases were among migrant workers, the health ministry said.

The average daily number of new cases outside the dormitories has dropped by more than half to 12 in the past week, from 25 the week before, the ministry said on Friday.


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Authorities said SafeEntry, a digital check-in system to log details of visitors and employees, will be deployed extensively across the country to help with contact tracing.

The government said the measures could still be adjusted depending on the situation, and that people should continue to stay at home and not meet in groups.

“Even as we ease and adjust some of these measures, the bottom line is this - this is not the time to slacken and let our guard down,” Singapore minister Lawrence Wong, who co-heads the country’s virus fighting taskforce, told a media briefing.

“We are not out of the woods,” he said.

First Published: Sat, May 02 2020. 19:38 IST
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