In an emergency telecast this evening, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the country will extend its lockdown from May 4th to June 1st. The extension came after the failure of circuit breaker (CB) measures and the government reporting 1,111 new cases.
With 9,125 cases, Singapore is now the coronavirus epicenter in South East Asia, overtaking Malaysia and Indonesia.
The corrupted dictator in his speech however claimed that his CB measures, like fining people without warning, are working, by excluding foreign workers infection:
“The number of new cases in the local community has levelled off, to below 30 new cases daily.”
Lee Hsien Loong also claimed that the huge daily increases is a result of aggressive testing, and played down its severity saying that the infected workers only have mild symptoms.
The lockdown to date has brought frustrations and anger to Singaporeans because the PAP government has earlier refused to close borders. Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong himself, in February, even said that there is no need to wear a face mask in public.
Out of jobs, Singapore citizens, foreigners and tourists stuck in the island are getting violent each day, with more refusing to comply with social distancing measures as protest.
There is no announcement of income assistance for the 1 month lockdown extension.