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Strict circuit breaker measures to be eased from May 4 but Covid-19 task force stresses Singapore is 'not out of the woods'

Amala Balakrishner
Amala Balakrishner5/2/2020 02:00 PM GMT+08  • 4 min read
Strict circuit breaker measures to be eased from May 4 but Covid-19 task force stresses Singapore is 'not out of the woods'
“We are not yet at single digits when it comes to local transmission. So, it is not time to lift the tighter measures in place, we still need to continue with them for at least a week, but we start making some adjustments” said Minister Lawrence Wong”
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SINGAPORE (May 2): Singapore will begin to gradually ease its tighter circuit breaker measures from May 5 as the number of new Covid-19 cases in the community falls, the Covid-19 multi-ministry task force announced on Saturday.

The tighter measures had been imposed tentatively for two weeks starting April 21, and served to reduce the workforce commuting to work daily from 20% to 15%.

Breaking down the community transmission numbers, Health Minister and chairman of the task force Gan Kim Yong noted the daily average has dipped “by more than half from 25 the week before to 12 in the past week”. He added that a decrease was also seen in the number of unlinked community cases from a daily average of 16, to 6 in the past week.

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