Published On: Sun, Apr 19th, 2020

McDonald’s suspends operations in Singapore after seven employees test positive

Singapore: Fast food giant McDonald’s says it suspended all operations in Singapore for two weeks from today after seven of its employees tested positive for the coronavirus.

Five employees at four different McDonald’s Singapore branches have been diagnosed with COVID-19 on April 12.

McDonald’s said in a Facebook post it decided to follow the health ministry’s advise to shutdown until May 4 when Singapore’s partial lockdown ends as part of a preventative action in the battle against the COVID-19 outbreak.

It said it would continue to pay the salary of 10,000 employees working in more than 135 outlets across the city-state during this period.

The fast-food chain, which serves six million customers every month, didn’t give further details. Seven of its employees working in several outlets have been diagnosed with the virus in the past week.

The city-state Saturday reported a record daily jump of 942 new infections, the highest one-day spike seen in Southeast Asia, to bring its total to 5,992.

The government has made it mandatory for people to wear masks outside them homes and imposed strict social distancing measures.

AP

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