Photo: A McDonald's sign at a restaurant in Singapore on January 19, 2020. Sorbis/Shutterstock

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McDonald's Singapore shuts restaurants, deliveries as country sees huge spike in COVID-19 cases

McDonald's in Singapore is shutting restaurant operations, deliveries and drive-thrus from Sunday (Apr 19) to May 4 as a preventative action against COVID-19. 

The halal-certified fast-food restaurant ealier stopped all dine-ins from Apr 7 in line with the Singapore government's stricter enhanced measures to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Thereafter, the company on Apr 12 uncovered a cluster of COVID-19 cases involving five employees at three of its outlets. On Apr 16 the Ministry of Health announced an additional case linked to the cluster, taking the tally to six. 

On Sunday (Apr 19) the restaurant said in a press release that it has been advised by the Ministry of Health to suspend operations, including delivery and drive-thru until May 4. 

The company said it will continue to pay the salaries of its employees. 

Singapore on Apr 7 enforced a month-long "circuit breaker" that shut all non-essential workplaces, schools, and banned all gatherings. This version of Singapore's lockdown is scheduled to run through May 4. 

Singapore on Saturday (Apr 18) announced a record high of 942 new COVID-19 cases, 893 of which were work permit holders living in crowded foreign worker dormitories. The city-state now has 5,992 reported cases of the novel coronavirus, with 11 deaths. 

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