COVID-19: Government dispels DORSCON red and lockdown rumours

An elderly woman in a wheelchair seen in Orchard Road on 21 March 2020. (PHOTO: Dhany Osman / Yahoo News Singapore)

SINGAPORE — The government said on Thursday (26 march) that rumours of the disease outbreak level being raised to red and a lockdown were untrue, amid tighter measures implemented to curb the community spread of COVID-19.

The gov.sg website sent out a WhatsApp message via its official account to dispel the rumours that the Disease Outbreak Response System Condition will be raised from orange to red, and that Singapore will go into a lockdown. It also said that rumours about bus and MRT services being reduced or stopped were untrue.

The rumours come as Singapore sees a single-day high of 73 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The government also announced tighter measures on large gatherings in public places on Tuesday. From Thursday 11.59pm, all entertainment venues, including bars, clubs, cinemas and karaoke classes, will be shut until end-April or later.

All events, regardless of size, must also be deferred or cancelled, while gatherings outside of work and school are to be limited to 10 people or fewer at any time.

Singapore residents returning from the UK and the US were also ordered to stay in dedicated hotel facilities to serve their 14-day Stay-Home Notice (SHN) from Wednesday 2359 hours.

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