'Dead city': Singapore closes workplaces in virus fight

Singapore's usually bustling business district was almost deserted Tuesday as most workplaces in the city-state closed to stem the spread of the coronavirus after a surge in cases. Authorities previously resisted the kind of draconian measures seen in worse-hit countries -- but have now ordered the closure of all businesses deemed non-essential as well as schools, and have asked people to stay home. There were just a handful of people in a usually packed major square in the business district Tuesday morning as workplaces closed.

'Dead city': Singapore closes workplaces in virus fight
Singapore's usually bustling business district was almost deserted Tuesday as most workplaces in the city-state closed to stem the spread of the coronavirus after a surge in cases. Authorities previously resisted the kind of draconian measures seen in worse-hit countries -- but have now ordered the closure of all businesses deemed non-essential as well as schools, and have asked people to stay home. There were just a handful of people in a usually packed major square in the business district Tuesday morning as workplaces closed.