Singapore will close schools and most workplaces next week as part of measures to stem the spread of deadly coronavirus disease, the country’s premier said on Friday.

Speaking at a virtual news conference air live on social media, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said that the country was switching to “full home-based learning”.

“We are implementing significantly stricter measures,” Lee said.

“From coming Tuesday, we will also close most of the workplaces to limit physical interactions but essential services will continue to work as usual while switching to home-based learning in schools and higher institutes of learning,” he added.

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