Singapore extends circuit breaker to June 1 as tally tops 9,000

Singapore’s circuit breaker measures holding all non-essential businesses and community activities on lockdown will be extended for another month to June 1, announced prime minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday.

This comes as the city-state saw 1,111 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday, bringing the tally to 9,125.

Singapore extends its circuit breaker period by another month; Marina Bay Sands skyline pictured 

While the vast majority of these cases were detected in migrant worker dormitories through methodical testing – only 20 of them were Singaporeans and PRs – Lee asserted that the extension was necessary to “prevent new clusters from forming and bursting out of control”.

He said: “Unfortunately, the number of unlinked cases has not come down, and this suggests that there is a larger, hidden reservoir of Covid-19 cases in the community that we have not detected. We must press on to bring down the number of daily cases to a single digit, or even, zero.

“The government will continue to help our businesses and workers cope during the extended circuit breaker period. Provided we have brought the community numbers down (by June 1), we can make further adjustments and consider easing some measures.”

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