Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced that a live video stream hosted on YouTube has been set up showing the body of late Minister Mentor Lee Kuan Yew lying in state at the Parliament House.

Lee Kuan Yew, the first Prime Minister of Singapore, passed away at 3.18am on Monday 23 March aged 91. He is considered by many to have been the founding father of modern Singapore.

A private family wake was held on 23 and 24 March at the Istana, which is the working office of the Prime Minister of Singapore, as well as the official residence and office of the President of Singapore.

After this, the body of Lee Kuan Yew was carried on a gun carriage in a procession from the Istana to Parliament House on 25 March to lie in state, accompanied by four uniformed officers from the Singapore Armed Forces, who stand as vigil guards holding ceremonial swords, with the guards changed every half an hour.

In order to ensure that as many citizens as possible can pay their respects, the Lying in State is open 24 hours a day until 8pm on 28 March.

Friends and colleagues of Lee Kuan Yew, as well as representatives from various branches of the government, trade unions and grassroots organisations will also take turns holding vigil in groups of 20 people throughout the three days, and each group holds vigil for 30 minutes.

There has been an overwhelming response and citizens have been queuing up wearing black in hot tropical temperatures of 31 degrees Celsius for up to nine hours at a time in order to see his coffin and say goodbye.

The Singapore government says that so far 250,000 visitors have paid their respects at the Parliament House as of 2pm Singapore time on 27 March.

There is a priority queue in operation for people who are disabled, elderly, pregnant women or people accompanied by children under the age of five, but even then the queue still takes at least an hour.

Lee Hsien Loong said in a post on his Facebook page: "I am deeply moved by the overwhelming response of people wanting to visit my father's Lying in State at Parliament House. As the queue is very long, and not everyone may be able to go, we have set up a live video feed of the Lying in State, so that you can follow what is happening there."

The Funeral Service for the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew will be held at the University Cultural Centre (UCC) at the National University of Singapore on Sunday 29 March from 2pm to 5.15pm Singapore time.

It will be preceded by the State Funeral Procession from Parliament House to UCC that will commence at 12.30pm Singapore time and be telecast live on national television and on the internet on the website Remembering Lee Kuan Yew.