Singapore will extend its ‘circuit breaker’ by an additional four weeks until 1 June to reduce the spread of the novel coronavirus, announced Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday 21 April.
The news follows a sharp increase in the number of COVID-19 with more than 2,000 confirmed in the last two days. The majority of these cases are concentrated in dormitories where migrant workers live.
Tighter measures will be implemented to quell the infection rate by closing more workplaces and restricting entry to ‘hotspots’ like wet markets.
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said: “Workers in essential services. This group is still working during the circuit breaker, helping to keep Singapore going.”
The circuit breaker was initially scheduled to end on 4 May 2020.
The Prime Minister added: “Some are cleaning the HDB blocks or hawker centres. Others are maintaining key infrastructure like our broadband networks.”
It is likely that data centers will remain open and operators will still be considered essential to keep the country online.
Epsilon’s Product Director Chin Woon Lee said: “Data centres are crucial for all organisations as it’s seen as a key parameter for Business Continuity Plans.”
Data centers across the world are experiencing more demand generated by higher internet traffic due to greater remote working and use of cloud services to keep businesses running.
Cloud providers are experiencing positive impacts from lockdowns, as Chief Information Officers move their priorities to adopting cloud services and potentially fast tracking digital transformation strategies.
Alibaba even announced it will invest US$28 billion in cloud services after an increased demand in their services during the coronavirus outbreak. Alibaba Cloud Intelligence president Jeff Zhang said the pandemic added additional stress on the overall economy and hoped the investment would help ‘speed up the recovery process’.
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