Live updates: U.S. marks record number of coronavirus-related deaths; China warns about risk of new infections
Singapore will close schools and most workplaces from next week, keeping only essential services and food establishments open, as authorities say they have lost control of stringent contact tracing that had been celebrated as the global gold standard.
In a televised address, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong admitted that for half of the city’s new cases — rising by the dozens each day — “we don’t know where or from whom this person got the virus.”
“We decided that instead of tightening incrementally over the next few weeks, we should make a decisive move now to preempt escalating infections,” Lee said. “This is like a circuit breaker. It will help reduce the risk of a big outbreak occurring.”
On Wednesday, Singapore reported its highest daily surge of cases, 74, and on Friday confirmed its fifth death, that of a 86-year old Singaporean woman. More than 1,000 cases have been recorded in the Southeast Asian city-state.
Nonessential businesses will shutter for a month from Tuesday, Lee said, and …continued .
[Source: Washington Post]