Singapore morning news for April 15

Singapore morning news for April 15

Singapore morning news

Singapore’s COVID-19 cases exceed 3,000 with 334 new infections; situation remains ‘critical’
Singapore reported 334 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday (Apr 14), bringing the national total to 3,252.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Covid-19: Wearing a mask now a must if leaving the house; first-time offenders to be fined S$300
INDIVIDUALS must now wear a mask when outside of their homes, or risk facing fines of S$300, said the multi-ministry taskforce tackling Covid-19 on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

About 5,000 foreign workers to be tested for Covid-19 in next few days, even those who are well but are contacts of confirmed cases
Foreign workers who are unwell are being identified and separated from other workers, said the multi-agency taskforce tackling the outbreak, adding that even those who do not show symptoms but are close contacts of confirmed Covid-19 cases are being tested.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Repeated circuit breakers may be needed until vaccine is developed, warn experts
While Singapore is making strenuous efforts to contain Covid-19, a realistic long-term strategy could entail imposing a circuit breaker every few months until a vaccine is developed, said experts.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: ASEAN should have guidelines on imposing travel or trade restrictions, says PM Lee
To build resilience for future economic shocks, countries in the region should have common criteria on travel and trade restrictions, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Tuesday (Apr 14).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New IMDA initiatives, S$8 million fund to help local media sector through COVID-19 period
A series of initiatives has been announced to help the local media sector tide over the COVID-19 period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Tamil New Year a muted but meaningful affair in Singapore
Tamil New Year celebrations on Tuesday (April 14) were muted affairs as the South Asian community complied with measures to break the transmission of Covid-19.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

7,000 foreign workers in essential services moved out of dormitories
Most of the foreign workers in essential services living in purpose-built dormitories – about 7,000 of them – have moved into 18 alternative living areas such as military camps, floating hotels, sports halls and vacant Housing Board blocks.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: All foreign worker dormitories to have medical teams of doctors and nurses from hospitals, polyclinics
Medical teams comprising doctors and nurses from hospitals and polyclinics will be deployed to all foreign worker dormitories by the middle of this week, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday (Apr 14).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: 2 more public healthcare employees test positive for Covid-19
Two more employees from the public healthcare sector, a doctor and a nurse, were confirmed to have been infected by the coronavirus, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday (April 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

FAQs on S’pore’s Covid-19 circuit breaker rules: Can you visit a loved one living in another house?
Still confused about what you can and cannot do during the circuit breaker period? Here are some answers to your frequently asked questions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore Chinese Chamber donates 500,000 surgical masks for distribution
THE Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI) will donate 500,000 disposable surgical masks to aid the government’s efforts in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Trains and buses to run less often as public transport ridership plunges
Trains and buses are to run at reduced frequency as ridership on public transport plunges in the current circuit breaker period.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Call for firms to be sensitive to fears of older staff out working
Employers must make sure these workers are given adequate protection.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Infection at second nursing home heightens worries over seniors
Another nursing home in Singapore has been hit by Covid-19, raising fresh concerns about vulnerable seniors.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

450 recovering patients housed at Singapore Expo
About 450 patients recovering from Covid-19 are being housed in two halls of the Singapore Expo, taking up almost half of their current capacity.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Police do not conduct checks on homes to enforce COVID-19 safe distancing rules: SPF
The police do not conduct checks on residences to enforce safe-distancing measures aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Some firms ferrying workers in lorries under MOM probe for not following safe distancing rules
Some 30 companies in essential services are being investigated by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) for allegedly not complying with safe distancing measures when ferrying their workers in lorries, the MOM said on Tuesday (April 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Singapore creates reusable face shields for front liners amid global shortage of protective gear
In light of the global shortage of surgical masks and personal protective equipment, local defence technology body Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) has created a new face shield for personnel on the front lines of the fight against the new coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MOF warns of Solidarity Payment scammers pretending to be government officials
These scammers trick the public into disclosing their bank account details to purportedly register for the Solidarity Package payout.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Government-run Woodlands Care Home becomes second nursing home to have resident with Covid-19
This has raised fresh concerns about vulnerable seniors, and comes as nursing homes have become hotbeds for Covid-19 infections in many parts of the world.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

As demand for delivery surges, food deliverers are not seeing returns
The ban on dining-in under the circuit breaker measures has been a shot in the arm for food delivery services.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Thank you for all your hard work’: Josephine Teo thanks Singapore’s foreign workers in Tamil New Year greetings
Minister for Manpower Josephine Teo on Tuesday (Apr 14) thanked foreign workers for their hard work in Singapore and their cooperation as the country fights to curb the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Charities can apply for go-ahead to provide essential aid during circuit breaker
Social service agencies and volunteer groups can apply to the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) for permission to run services that provide essential aid, such as food and financial support, during the month-long circuit breaker.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Just how clean are your hands? Experiment shows the importance of washing them with soap
The constant reminders to wash one’s hands thoroughly through a seven-step process while singing Happy Birthday twice is no longer an unfamiliar message amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Muis launches new guidebook for Muslims to usher in Ramadan amid Covid-19 circuit breaker measures
A guidebook for the holy month of Ramadan has been launched for Muslims here on how they can perform special prayers and practise their faith while doing their part to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Man arrested for not returning to welfare home where he lives
A 63-year-old man was arrested in Woodlands for failing to return to the welfare home where he lives, the police said in a statement on Tuesday (April 14).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

I am a teenage blood donor and Covid-19 isn’t going to stop me from donating
On 7 Apr, the first day of Singapore’s Covid-19 circuit breaker, 17-year-old Jewel Yeo visited the BloodBank @ Dhoby Ghaut.
— The Pride

‘We want to make the clean energy space more dynamic’: Electrify CEO Martin Lim
Singapore’s recent Budget 2020 welcomed the commercialisation of innovative solutions that aim to turn the constraints of the nation into strengths, especially the energy sector.
— e27

OCBC CEO Samuel Tsien donates $650,600; 2019 pay rises 3.5% to $11.1m
OCBC chief executive officer Samuel Tsien saw his total pay rise 3.5 per cent to $11.1 million in 2019, the bank’s latest annual report on Tuesday (April 14) showed. Mr Tsien’s total pay in 2019 is up from $10.7 million a year ago, or at an absolute difference of about $379,557.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Cochrane Lodge 2 dormitory declared an isolation area
An eighth foreign worker dormitory, Cochrane Lodge 2, has been gazetted as an isolation area to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Teen is first person to plead guilty to cheating offences involving face masks during coronavirus outbreak
A teenager cheated five people of $580 in total after promising to sell them surgical face masks even though she had none in stock and had no intention of delivering any.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man charged with breaching personal protection order, hurting wife and daughter
A 45-year-old man was charged on Tuesday (Apr 14) with breaching a personal protection order and committing domestic violence against his wife and daughter a day earlier in their flat.
— 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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