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Singapore coronavirus task force chief weeps in parliament


    Agence France-Presse

Singapore   /   Wed, March 25, 2020   /   04:45 pm
Singapore coronavirus task force chief weeps in parliament Singapore’s National Development Minister Lawrence Wong speaks during a press conference on coronavirus situation in Singapore on January 27, 2020. Singapore have four case of the coronavirus. All four patients had arrived in the city-state from Wuhan over the last week. (Agence France Presse/Roslan Rahman)

A government minister leading Singapore's coronavirus task force broke down in tears midway through a speech in parliament on Wednesday as he thanked healthcare workers and others for their efforts in tackling the pandemic.

"Words are not enough," said Lawrence Wong, his voice shaking before he abruptly stopped the speech, began crying and said "please give me a minute".

Singapore which has been battling a coronavirus outbreak for over two months, has seen a sharp rise in mainly imported cases in recent days to a total of 558 infections and on Saturday recorded its first deaths from the virus.