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World Too close? Singapore's new virus-fighting rules could lead to prison

04:41  27 march  2020
04:41  27 march  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Anyone caught breaking Singapore ’ s social distancing rules can land themselves in prison from Friday after the city-state made it an offence for a person to intentionally stand close to another person as part of its coronavirus defense. Singapore has won international

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SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Anyone caught breaking Singapore's social distancing rules can land themselves in prison from Friday after the city-state made it an offence for a person to intentionally stand close to another person as part of its coronavirus defense.

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Singapore has won international praise for its fastidious approach in tackling the virus, which has included using police investigators and security cameras to help track suspected carriers.

With some of the world's highest population densities, the city-state this week announced more stringent social distancing measures such as shutting bars, limiting gatherings to up to 10 people outside work and school as well as a ban on large events.

a group of people looking at a cell phone: FILE PHOTO: Commuters wait for a transport to leave the Woodlands Causeway across to Singapore from Johor, hours before Malaysia imposes a lockdown on travel due to the coronavirus outbreak © Reuters/Edgar Su FILE PHOTO: Commuters wait for a transport to leave the Woodlands Causeway across to Singapore from Johor, hours before Malaysia imposes a lockdown on travel due to the coronavirus outbreak

Under updates to its powerful infectious diseases law, anyone who intentionally sits less than 1 meter away from another person in a public place or on a fixed seat demarcated as not to be occupied, or who stands in a queue less than a meter away from another, will be guilty of an offence.

Offenders can be fined up to S$10,000 ($6,990), jailed for up to six months, or both.

The rules, in place until April 30, can be applied to individuals and businesses.

Singapore is well known for its strict rules: fines can be doled out for everything from feeding birds to forgetting to flush a public toilet.

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Some countries including Italy, Britain and New Zealand have gone into complete lockdown, but Singapore has avoided the move. Authorities have said more drastic measures may be needed if locals do not take social distancing seriously.

Singapore's number of coronavirus cases rose by 52 to 683 infections on Thursday, and two people have died.

(Reporting by Aradhana Aravindan in Singapore; Editing by Lincoln Feast.)

Trump: Asian-Americans not responsible for virus, need protection .
President Donald Trump, who has been accused of racism in labeling the coronavirus pandemic the "Chinese virus," said in tweets on Monday that Asian-Americans were not responsible for spreading the disease and needed to be protected. © Reuters U.S. President Donald Trump looks at a reporter asking a question as he stands with Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General William Barr during the coronavirus response daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 23, 2020.

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