Singapore morning news for March 30

Singapore morning news for March 30

Singapore morning news

Tighter border restrictions as coronavirus cases in Singapore go past 800
Singapore has further tightened restrictions on the entry of foreigners, with all long-term visit pass holders and student pass holders having to obtain approval from the authorities first, starting from 11.59pm on Sunday night.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore reports third death from COVID-19
A third patient has died in Singapore from complications due to COVID-19 infection on Sunday (Mar 29), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a press release.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Covid-19: Details of 42 new cases in S’pore, 14 discharged cases on March 29, 2020
There are now 844 total confirmed cases in Singapore and 212 discharged cases.
— Mothership

Covid-19: ICA cancels passport of Singapore citizen for breaching stay-home notice
The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has cancelled the passport of Goh Illya Victor, 53, for breaching stay-home notice (SHN) requirements, ICA said in a statement on Sunday (March 29). This is the first such action authorities have taken against a Singapore citizen.
— Today online

Singapore’s ‘bazooka’ stimulus to cushion COVID-19 pain, but recession still on the cards: Economists
With bigger wage offsets, property tax rebates of up to 100 per cent and more help for badly-hit sectors, Singapore’s newly announced fiscal “bazooka” will help to alleviate the strain that businesses and households are feeling from the COVID-19 outbreak, said economists.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore clamps down on 1000+ e-commerce listings for false COVID-19 health claims
Singapore’s national regulator for health products, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA), has removed a significant number of product listings claiming to prevent or treat COVID-19 from local e-commerce platforms.
— Food Navigator- Asia

Singapore donates 40,000 more coronavirus test kits to PH
Singapore has donated another 40,000 tests kits to the Philippines to aid health officials in combating the novel coronavirus outbreak in the country.
— Rappler

Covid-19: People on SHN or 5-day MC in S’pore must wear mask if they leave home to seek treatment
People in Singapore who are subject to movement control measures must wear a mask if they leave their place of residence to seek medical attention.
— Mothership

MOM steps up efforts to disperse gatherings of migrant workers on Sunday
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Sunday (Mar 29) it will continue its efforts to ensure that migrant workers do not congregate in public areas, noting that workers have been highly cooperative so far.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Singaporeans urged to defer non-essential trips to malls
Authorities are urging those in Singapore to defer non-essential trips to malls, after safe-distancing measures kicked in across the country.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Schools to conduct home-based learning once a week from April
From April, students in primary and secondary schools as well as junior colleges and centralised institutes will have one day of home-based learning a week, said the Ministry of Education (MOE) on Friday (Mar 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Two police officers test positive for COVID-19
Two police officers tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week, said the Singapore Police Force (SPF) on Saturday (Mar 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ICA cancels Singaporean’s passport for breaching stay-home notice
A Singaporean’s passport was cancelled by authorities after he breached stay-home notice requirements.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Taxi, private-car hire drivers allowed to make home deliveries to meet increased demand
Taxi and private-hire car drivers will now be allowed to make grocery and food deliveries to meet the increased demand amid the COVID-19 outbreak, said Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan on Sunday (Mar 29).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jail terms, fines for those who breach COVID-19 safe-distancing rules, stay-home notice
Individuals, event organisers and owners of premises who break rules meant to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore could face jail terms and fines under new regulations that came into effect at 11.59pm on Thursday (Mar 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S$48b support package could be reviewed nearer year end: PM
IT is “quite possible” that Singapore may have to do even more to help people and businesses cope with the coronavirus pandemic if the situation worsens, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday, adding that the government is ready to turn to the reserves once again if need be.
— The Business Times

‘The tide is still coming in’: PM Lee says COVID-19’s impact on healthcare a ‘very big problem’
Singapore is in a grave situation in terms of health and economy because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Friday (Mar 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOM will look into appeals of self-employed who do not automatically qualify for Covid-19 relief scheme
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) will be flexible in looking into the appeals of self-employed people who do not automatically qualify for a scheme to help those who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said on Sunday (March 29).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MAS set for aggressive action come Monday: What to expect
Singapore’s central bankers are poised to take unprecedented action Monday (March 30) to bolster financial markets and support an economy facing a severe recession.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore hotels 51% full in Feb, room revenues drop 40%
SINGAPORE hotels were only half-filled in February, resulting in a 40 per cent plunge in room revenues, as coronavirus fears threaten to bring the global travel industry to a grinding halt, according to data from the Singapore Tourism Board (STB).
— The Business Times

If we need to do more, we will: PM Lee says economic challenge from COVID-19 very grave, but Government doing all it can
On Friday (Mar 27), Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke about what lies ahead for Singapore amid the COVID-19 pandemic. He also addressed questions from the media in a doorstop interview.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Elderly have to focus on their health amid social distancing
Elderly people need to take greater care of their emotional and physical well-being, as social and fitness activities organised by government agencies for seniors are suspended further to contain the coronavirus spread, said experts.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No decision yet on General Election amid COVID-19 outbreak, says PM Lee
No decision has yet been made as to when a General Election will be called, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Friday (Mar 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

In pictures: Safe distancing in Singapore
Nowadays, X marks the spot where you cannot sit and Singaporeans are being told to mind the gap between one another, all in the name of safe distancing to curb the spread of COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Case 741 a nurse at Sengkang General Hospital, went to work prior to hospitalisation
She is one of the 71 unlinked locally transmitted cases.
— Mothership

Daughter of man who died from COVID-19 thanks Singaporeans, healthcare staff
The daughter of a Singaporean man who died from COVID-19 has thanked those who extended their condolences to their family, and reminded Singaporeans to be socially responsible.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Parents voice frustration over learning centres’ arrangements amid suspension of classes
Some parents have voiced frustration over learning centres’ arrangements for students after the suspension of centre-based classes was announced on Tuesday (Mar 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Network of SG Clean ambassadors launched to promote safe distancing, good hygiene
A network of SG Clean ambassadors has been launched to co-ordinate efforts to promote personal hygiene and social responsibility in a bid to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More than S$5.9 million in donations to The Courage Fund for those affected by COVID-19
A fund to provide relief for those affected by the COVID-19 outbreak has received more than S$5.9 million in donations.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Popular hangout spots in Singapore now ‘ghost towns’ amid social distancing measures, entertainment venues’ closure
Between social distancing measures and the mandatory closure of entertainment outlets, the usual crowds were nowhere to be seen yesterday. Business had all but halted at sites usually popular with both Singaporeans and tourists.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Constitutional problem better than health crisis, says Tan Cheng Bock
A constitutional problem caused by delaying the next election is better than a health crisis, said Progress Singapore Party secretary-general Tan Cheng Bock yesterday, defending his earlier proposal for the president to form a caretaker government if elections cannot be held by the April 2021 deadline.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

General Election can wait, priority is to ‘prevent a health crisis’: PSP’s Tan Cheng Bock
Progress Singapore Party (PSP) chief Tan Cheng Bock reiterated on Saturday (Mar 28) his stand against calling a General Election (GE) in 2020 as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Message circulating online about safe-distancing ambassadors imposing fines untrue: Enterprise Singapore
A message circulating on messaging platforms and social media claiming that an Enterprise Singapore safe-distancing ambassador had fined someone for sitting on a seat that was marked out as part of safe-distancing measures is false.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SingPost says 3 employees infected with COVID-19 did not have contact with public
National postman Singapore Post said on Friday (Mar 27) that a contract staff and two full-time employees at its packet-processing facility at SingPost Centre have tested positive for COVID-19, and that cleaning and disinfecting is under way.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SGD bounces slightly after fiscal blast
THE beleaguered Singapore dollar (SGD) rallied on Friday, after Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat unveiled a massive fiscal injection as the economy careens towards recession.
— The Business Times

S$15b cash call gives SIA a shot at surviving Covid-19
SINGAPORE Airlines’ massive cash call of up to S$15 billion – backed by Temasek Holdings’ financial heft – will boost the national carrier’s stamina to endure the Covid-19 pandemic that has decimated global air travel.
— The Business Times

COVID-19 Budget measures ‘welcome’, but may not be enough to save F&B sector: Business owners
Where there used to be crowds of office workers and tourists, lunch hour along Jalan Pisang was quiet on Friday (Mar 27), as fears over the spread of COVID-19 kept diners away.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore has ‘sizeable’ reserves it can tap into but it is important to be ‘careful stewards’: Heng Swee Keat
Singapore has sizeable reserves to tap into should the COVID-19 outbreak further impact the economy, but it is important to be careful stewards of the resources, said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat on Friday (Mar 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19 aviation support package will help industry ride out crisis: Analysts
Analysts have welcomed the S$750 million of support set aside by the Government for the aviation sector, noting that it will help the industry recover more quickly from the blow dealt to it by COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19 shutdown: How Singapore’s cinemas, bars and theatre groups are coping
The local entertainment scene is looking to use the closure time to keep their chins up and take care of their staff – as well as find other alternatives, such as going online.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: PAP says will adjust ground outreach activities, as opposition parties put them on hold
The People’s Action Party (PAP) will tweak ground outreach activities to comply with more stringent safety distancing requirements due to COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘There’s meaning and purpose’: The Istana gardener who served four presidents
If you were to tour the lush green grounds of the Istana, you would not find a better guide than Mr Wong Tuan Wah who has amassed an intimate knowledge of the trees and shrubbery in the 106-acre estate.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

As S’porean teen with Down Syndrome learns independence, her mum learns to stop worrying about ‘the rest of her life’
Stories of Us: Lee Zhou Ying is the first Down Syndrome Association member to take the N-Levels examinations.
— Mothership

Guide provides alternatives to hurtful words used to describe people with dementia
Some people refer to dementia in Chinese as chi dai zheng, a phrase that implies a disease that causes one to be foolish and dim-witted.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Being quarantined taught me not to be complacent
At the beginning of the month, the coronavirus situation in Singapore had appeared to be improving.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Covid-19 offers lessons for climate crisis: Nature group
The coronavirus crisis is not a solution to climate change, but there are many parallels between the two crises which governments can learn from, said the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Charity helps kids with special needs through performing arts
The power of music to inspire became ever more apparent to hotel executive Wee Wei Ling after she began partially sponsoring harmonica lessons at two special education schools here in 2017.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Enterprise Singapore refutes claims that diner was fined
Enterprise Singapore has denied claims circulating on social media and text-messaging apps that one of its safe distancing ambassadors had fined a member of the public.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore GE a chance to change things for the better
Postal balloting, advance notice can be special provisions made during these exceptional times.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Bittersweet ‘birthday staycay’ but he’s proud of Singapore’s response
Biologist Marcus Chua turned 36 on Thursday, but the birthday was a bittersweet one despite his swanky surroundings in a hotel with views of Singapore’s famous city skyline.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOH warns of scammers impersonating its employees, COVID-19 contact tracing teams
The Ministry of Health (MOH) said it was aware of scammers using automated voice calls or impersonating its staff members and COVID-19 contact tracing personnel.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

East Coast Park goer appeals to thief who stole sea-loving man’s wallet & phone to return sentimental photos
Someone stole from a man who regularly goes for swims at East Coast Park before dawn.
— Mothership

Employment gives me a sense of independence, says woman with muscular dystrophy
She struggled for many years to find a job after completing her N-level examinations due to her muscular dystrophy.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Jail for family friend who repeatedly molested 10-year-old girl in shower
A family friend entrusted with caring for his neighbour’s 10-year-old daughter molested her instead over several months, as he felt temptation to touch her while soaping her in the shower.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Movie-inspired teenager who robbed 7-Eleven store gets almost 3 years’ probation
A teenager who robbed a 7-Eleven store, as he felt hungry and wanted to mimic movie scenes, was sentenced to two years and nine months’ probation on Friday (Mar 27).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

 

 

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Justhine De Guzman Uy completed a Bachelor of Arts Major in Mass Communication at New Era University, Quezon City, the Philippines in 2016

After graduation she worked at the Philippine Broadcasting Service performing transcription and business news writing, before moving to Eagle Broadcasting Corporation where she worked as a news editor, translator and production assistant.

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