In a sudden address to the nation made earlier this afternoon (April 3), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced a round of new measures that the country is taking to pre-empt escalating coronavirus infections.
Which isn’t that big of a shocker, considering that the number of Covid-19 cases in Singapore has shot up to over 1,000.
PM Lee announced the initiation of a one-month "circuit-breaker" from Apr 7 that will see all schools closed, tighter restrictions on gatherings and movement, as well as the shuttering of work premises. Essential services such as food establishments, markets and supermarkets, clinics, hospitals, utilities, transport and key banking services will remain open throughout the period.
"The spirit of these measures is to get all of us to minimise physical contact," said the prime minister. "If we don't go out, if we avoid contact with others, then the virus won't be able to spread. It is as simple as that."
But what did the internet take away from his address? The amusing usage of the term “circuit breaker” on top of other inconsequential moments from PM Lee’s speech, like the cup that he took sips from.
Gotta love the internet. Take a look at some of the memes and quips that have emerged about today’s state address.
whats in that cup that pm lee drinks ?? he changes language to language so swiftly— kv (@thekvprint) April 3, 2020
what the hell was up with the auto-captions earlier pic.twitter.com/bDoBVefmnm— Daniel Peters (@humswhilepeeing) April 3, 2020
Others: it a lockdown???— ras banner. (@rasmalaix) April 3, 2020
Singaporeans: No it’s a ciRcUiT bReAkEr pic.twitter.com/3gAoKv5sVa
Parent friends in SG, the Gov has just launched a circuit breaker, it's time to step up the measure to fight Covid19. pic.twitter.com/2qDMvWYiX1— Eddie Choi (@choieddie) April 3, 2020
Dorscon Circuit Breaker pic.twitter.com/TreHn9UtP0— Shadiqin Kenway (@shadiqinkenway) April 3, 2020
Lockdown.. but call it circuit breaker pic.twitter.com/cTuhkAZX9D— kt (@teenrad) April 3, 2020
pm lee tea cup 1 billion party pic.twitter.com/hHoQ8b12wF— ًHWA DAY 🥰 (@amouryounghyun) April 3, 2020
Singapore is on DORSCON Circuit Breaker Orange. pic.twitter.com/LOkHNjVncb— mrbrown (@mrbrown) April 3, 2020
“circuit breaker tu ape , lockdown ke tak” HAHAHAHA I CNNT pic.twitter.com/QOwk5JVCtG— 𝐧𝐚𝐧𝐚 ❥ (@namirakeai) April 3, 2020
🎶this ain't a lockdown, it's a goddamn circuit breaker 🎶 pic.twitter.com/YaY1ZQirdA— 🍍sharan 🙀 (@sharanvkaur) April 3, 2020
singapore has just turned into a PM Lee tea cup fandom— 𝐞𝐦 🌾 (@kangbriwoon) April 3, 2020