2 weeks into the circuit breaker, PM Lee Hsien Loong has announced that the measures would be extended for four more weeks.
In an address to the nation, the PM cited the growing number of unlinked cases, as well as the high infection rates among the migrant worker population as a particularly worrying trend.
The PM reiterated the need to adhere to the “spirit” of social distancing.
He urged Singaporeans to only leave their homes for essential trips. Even when doing so, he urged Singaporeans to only leave home, “one person at a time” instead of the entire family.
Additional services like estate management and grass cutting will be reduced to minimize the risk to essential workers.
The goal of the extended circuit breaker is to bring the number of new cases in the community down to the single digits or even zero as seen in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
As of Apr 21, Singapore has the third highest density of cases in Asia when measured by cases per million. Singapore also has one of the fastest coronavirus case growth rates in the world, with cases doubling every 5 days.