Singapore morning news for April 10

Singapore morning news for April 10

Singapore morning news

Singapore reports a record 287 new COVID-19 cases with more than half linked to dormitory cluster
Singapore reported 287 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday (Apr 9), the largest daily increase so far and more than double yesterday’s highest record, the multi-ministry task force dealing with the coronavirus said during a press conference on Thursday (Apr 9).

COVID-19: Fines, prosecution in court for repeat offenders of ‘circuit breaker’ measures
People who repeatedly flout the stricter safe-distancing measures as part of a “circuit breaker” to curb the spread of COVID-19 will face a fine or be charged in court.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: 1,300 foreign workers move into SAF camps for circuit breaker period
About 1,300 foreign workers are moving temporarily into two Singapore Armed Forces camps this week, as part of the national effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOE suspends use of Zoom in home-based learning following breaches involving obscene images
Teachers will suspend the use of video conferencing tool Zoom, following breaches involving obscene images, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Thursday (Apr 9).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore Partial Lockdown to Cost Economy S$10 Billion
Singapore’s partial lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus could cost the economy about S$10 billion ($7 billion) in lost output, Maybank Kim Eng Research Pte. estimates.
— Bloomberg

All 20 polyclinics and some GPs can now perform coronavirus swab test
Swab tests for the coronavirus have been extended from public and private hospitals here to all 19 polyclinics and several general practitioner clinics, The Straits Times has learnt.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Rise in domestic abuse cases as families forced to stay home
Since she started telecommuting a few weeks ago, she has faced more verbal and physical abuse from her husband, who has always worked from home.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Range of measures to deal with foreign worker dormitory clusters
Foreign workers who are not sick and working in essential services will be housed separately, and more measures will be enforced to maintain hygiene and food supplies in dormitories, announced Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong on Thursday (Apr 9).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: 7 in 10 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore linked to foreign worker dormitories
Dormitories are in the spotlight again, as most of the 287 new coronavirus cases announced on Thursday (April 9) – seven in 10 – are linked to clusters at foreign worker dormitories.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Hackers hijack Singapore home-based lessons on Zoom to allegedly show obscene photos to children
What was supposed to be a home-based geography lesson on video conferencing platform Zoom for Secondary 1 student Zee, 13, took a traumatising turn when hackers allegedly hijacked the stream and started showing pictures of penises.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Is Still Having ‘Far Too Many Public Gatherings,’ Prime Minister Says
On third day of stricter enforcement, Singapore is still seeing “far too many public gatherings,” Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong writes in Facebook post.
— Bloomberg

Coronavirus: Jetstar Asia extends suspension of all flights to May 19
Singapore budget carrier Jetstar Asia has extended the suspension of its flights by more than a month till May 19.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MAS extends assessment period for digital-only bank applicants
Digital bank hopefuls will have to wait longer to know whether their application has been approved.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Parents not allowed to drop children off daily at grandparents’ place, open-air stadiums to close
Parents will no longer be allowed to drop their children off at their grandparents’ place on a daily basis, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Thursday (Apr 9), as part of further measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: More than 200 businesses ordered shut for breaching rules
More than 200 businesses have been ordered by the authorities to shut in the last two days, either for remaining open despite pro-viding non-essential services or failing to comply with safe distancing measures.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No visitors for patients in hospitals except in certain cases, MOH says
Most patients warded in hospitals are not allowed to have visitors in line with stricter safe distancing measures, the Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed on Thursday (Apr 9).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Safe distancing measures to be rolled out across public transport network
Thermal scanners will also be deployed at selected MRT stations to screen commuters before they enter.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Enterprise Singapore to partly fund food delivery fulfilled by logistics players
ENTERPRISE Singapore (ESG) said on Thursday that it will fund part of the costs incurred by food and beverage (F&B) players when they fulfil delivery orders through third-party logistics partners.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: 3.52 million reusable masks distributed so far in second collection exercise by PA
Some 3.52 million reusable masks have been collected by the public so far for the second mask collection exercise here which began on Sunday (April 5).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Insurance agents’ commissions delayed if customers defer premium payments
Commissions that insurance agents receive from their customers’ premiums will be delayed when customers choose to defer payment as part of the industry’s relief measures during the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Keep at least 10m away if running behind someone to avoid infection, say researchers
Thinking about exercising in a crowded park to get out of the house this long weekend? Think again.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

This family has four siblings fighting Covid-19 on the front lines
While most Singaporeans are working from home these few weeks, four of the five siblings in the Surani family are out on the front lines every day.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Individuals and small businesses receive new incentives to use PayNow
New incentives have been announced to encourage individuals and small businesses to sign up and use PayNow, as part of safe distancing efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SAF will do more for COVID-19 fight if needed: Ng Eng Hen
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will contribute more to the country’s fight against COVID-19 “if there is a need to do more”, said Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen on Thursday (Apr 9).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore considers solar energy imports to cut emissions
Singapore is considering importing solar electricity as the city-state looks to diversify its energy supply and meet its goal of cutting net greenhouse emissions to net zero by the second half of the century.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Food container suppliers face potential shortage during circuit breaker
A prolonged circuit breaker in Singapore could pose a challenge to companies supplying disposable food containers, as demand for takeaway meals and food delivery soars amid stricter COVID-19 safe distancing measures.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Citi Singapore employees to receive $1,200 cash in April as Covid-19 aid
Citi Singapore is giving around 1,600 employees a $1,200 one-off special compensation award to ease the impact from the Covid-19 situation.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Grim times for fresh grads as pandemic hits job opportunities
UNIVERSITY career fairs are going online, internships are run remotely, and the government is rolling out wage and training subsidies to hire locals.
— The Business Times

Cases from dormitories may continue to rise in coming days
Despite the country’s best efforts at containing the situation, Singaporeans must be mentally prepared that the number of cases from dormitories will continue to rise in the coming days or even the coming week or so before it starts to stabilise, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said at a media conference yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Sungei Tengah Lodge is 4th foreign worker dorm gazetted as isolation area
With 29 coronavirus cases, it is the latest dormitory to be gazetted as an isolation area.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

March HDB resale prices fall 0.3% on higher volumes amid coronavirus outbreak
Housing Board resale prices fell by 0.3 per cent in March compared with February amid the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Video of foreign workers demanding to return home not taken in Singapore: Police
The police clarified on Thursday (April 9) that a video being circulated of foreign workers demanding to return home was not taken in Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Large amount of heroin seized by CNB in drug bust
The Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) seized a total of 2.29 kg of heroin and 120g of ice (crystal methamphetamine), in a drug bust on Wednesday (April 8).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SMRT bus captain’s patience with special-needs student shows there’s still room for kindness amid Covid concerns
It’s a simple interaction. A small gesture. A little kindness that is a welcome respite in all the gloom and doom, worries and fears that have been hitting us recently.
— The Pride

Coronavirus: FairPrice to limit number of people in its stores and urge shoppers to wear masks
FairPrice is limiting the number of shoppers within its stores and also urging mask use while shopping amid the escalating Covid-19 outbreak, FairPrice said in a statement on Thursday (April 9).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MAS purchases US$29.9 billion in forex intervention operations during second half of 2019
Singapore’s central bank said it made net purchases of foreign exchange worth US$29.9 billion from intervention operations during the second half of last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S$185,000 mask cheating case: Accused remains in remand after judge rejects bail amendment request
A man accused of cheating multiple victims of about S$185,000 for masks he never delivered will remain in remand after his request to have no cash components in his bail was rejected.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: NParks enlists drones to monitor crowds at Bukit Timah Nature Reserve
On Thursday morning (April 9) at about 9.45am, a drone rose slowly from the summit of Bukit Timah Nature Reserve in the heart of Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

11 weeks’ jail for man who helped cheat WDA of over $36,000
A man was sentenced to 11 weeks’ jail for his involvement in a scam that deceived the authorities into disbursing almost $37,000 in training grants.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: From handstand shirt challenge to marble sports, 7 wacky ways Internet users are staying entertained at home
As cities around the globe go into lockdown to fight the coronavirus pandemic, many people have found themselves cooped up at home with little to do.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Suspect behind illegal car race charged with organising event with more than 10 attendees
A man suspected of organising an illegal car race with 57 attendees was charged on Thursday (Apr 9) under newly enacted laws to curb the spread of COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man arrested for running face mask and hand sanitiser scams on Carousell and Facebook
A 24-year-old man was arrested for his suspected involvement in a series of scams involving the sale of face masks and hand sanitisers, the police said on Thursday (Apr 9) in a news release.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man charged with breaking into coffee shop, setting fire to tissue a day before circuit breaker started
A day before circuit breaker measures shuttering shops kicked in, a man allegedly broke into a coffee shop, stole cash and set fire to a stack of tissue paper.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Police investigating 11 women for offering unlicensed payment services for commission
Eleven women are under investigation for carrying out payment services without a licence, as the police make use of a new Act passed last year to deal with the crime.
— Straits Times (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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