Singapore morning news for April 29

Singapore morning news for April 29

Singapore morning newsCOVID-19: 21,000 migrant workers have been tested so far with 12,183 infected; what about the rest of the 300,000 workers?
During the multi-ministry task force press conference on Monday (27 April), Health Minister Gan Kim Yong revealed that 21,000 migrant workers in dormitories have been tested for COVID-19 so far.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore economy may shrink more than 4% this year if coronavirus outbreak drags on: MAS
The many risks to a decisive recovery may see Singapore’s economy contract by more than forecast this year, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) warned in its macroeconomic review released on Tuesday (April 28).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore reports 528 new cases of COVID-19, taking total to 14,951
Singapore reported 528 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Tuesday (Apr 28), bringing the national total to 14,951.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS: COVID-19 will harm wages more than jobs; layoffs risk highest in retail, F&B, recreation sectors
According to the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Tuesday (28 April), wages will be affected more than employment due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— The Online Citizen

Number of Covid-19 cases in community could increase as active testing is stepped up
The number of Covid-19 cases in the community could increase as authorities step up active screening for the disease, such as among workers in essential services and seniors.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore banks in spotlight over upcoming Q1 provisions, dividends
THE scale of bad loan provisions and how the dour economic environment will impact dividends will be closely watched by analysts in the upcoming results of Singapore’s banks – the first quarter that will reflect the early impact of a global pandemic.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Unwell foreign workers in dorms with high rate of infections isolated first and tested later, says MOH
Isolation of those who are symptomatic is a key method to disrupt the coronavirus’ train of transmission, said Associate Professor Kenneth Mak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

23,000 beds to be added to isolation and care facilities for Covid-19 patients by end-June
SINGAPORE is looking to more-than-double its facilities for housing coronavirus patients by the end of June, and to provide different facilities for patients who are at different stages of the illness.
— The Business Times

Singapore will continue to look after Chinese migrant workers, Foreign Minister Balakrishnan tells Beijing counterpart
Foreign Affairs Minister Vivian Balakrishan told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on Tuesday (April 28) that Singapore will continue to look after the well-being of Chinese migrant workers here, including providing them with the necessary medical care and treatment.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Counselling, podiatry and other allied health services re-classified as essential under COVID-19 circuit breaker: MOH
Various allied health services such as counselling, podiatry and social work will be re-classified as essential with effect from Wednesday (Apr 29), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: More people following safe distancing measures, fewer than 70 caught flouting these rules
More people are adhering to safe distancing measures, with fewer than 70 people caught flouting these rules on Tuesday (April 28), said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More must be done to improve treatment of migrant workers in Singapore post COVID-19 crisis, says Senior Counsel Harpreet Singh
The recent COVID-19 situation in Singapore has shed some light on the pressing issue revolving around the living condition and treatment of migrant workers in the country.
— The Online Citizen

NEA: Premise owners allowed to get exemptions for dengue prevention measures amid circuit breaker
With how heavily the media has been focused on the current COVID-19 pandemic, other important news such the rising number of dengue cases, has been shifted from the public’s attention.
— The Online Citizen

May Day Rally event being cancelled, PM Lee delivers May Day Message on national television on 30 April for first time
In the wake of COVID-19 circuit breaker measures, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will be delivering his May Day Message on national television on Thursday (30 April) at 7.30pm, while the annual May Day Rally celebrations organised by National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) will be replaced by closed-door online dialogue session this year.
— The Online Citizen

60% of consumer spending hit by coronavirus circuit breaker measures: MAS
About 60 per cent of consumer spending in Singapore has been hit by circuit breaker measures to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Finance, restaurant, beauty sectors fuel rise in advertising complaints in 2019
The brownface ad debacle of 2019 was among 359 complaints made to the Advertising Standards Authority of Singapore (Asas) last year, which is a 65 per cent increase over the 218 complaints received the year before.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Migrant worker with COVID-19 who died of injuries at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital was father-of-three and family’s ‘sole breadwinner’
A migrant worker who tested positive for COVID-19 and died from multiple injuries after he was found at a staircase landing in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital was his family’s “sole breadwinner”, a social enterprise said on Tuesday (Apr 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

BTO flats launch in May deferred, subsequent launches likely to be affected
The sales exercise for Build-To-Order (BTO) flats in May will be deferred until further notice, said the Housing Board (HDB) last Friday (April 24).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Lawrence Wong: Government is looking into new housing arrangements for migrant workers, and be ready in a year or two
The Minister for National Development, Lawrence Wong, had announced yesterday (27 April) that the Government is looking into new housing arrangements for migrant workers who had recovered from COVID-19.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: Out for a run? PUB’s robots will remind you to keep your distance
Water agency PUB has a new kind of safe distancing ambassador on the ground.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore adapts to electronics trade shifts by focusing on high value-added activities
DESPITE shifts in electronics trade flows, Singapore has adapted by focusing on high value-added activities in the global supply chain, helping to cement its position as a trade hub.
— The Business Times

Sheng Siong’s Q1 profit up by nearly 50% on back of ‘elevated’ COVID-19 demand; employees to get additional month of salary
Supermarket chain Sheng Siong on Tuesday (Apr 28) reported a near 50 per cent rise in first quarter profits following “elevated demand” that was triggered when the Government raised the DORSCON level to Orange on Feb 7.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: NTUC closes online system after ‘massive surge’ of income relief scheme applications for self-employed
The website that handles applications for the self-employed person income relief scheme (SIRS) has been closed as it implements a queuing system.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Religious leaders pledge to maintain solidarity and strengthen social defence amid Covid-19 crisis
While the circuit breaker measures have made physical gatherings virtually impossible, religious groups will continue interfaith learning and understanding through online sharing, seminars and meet-ups.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: 5 things to know about the strategy to increase Singapore’s healthcare capacity
The Republic has had to expand its healthcare capacity with the surge in patient numbers brought about by Covid-19, with several premises converted in a short space of time to house recovering or stable patients.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

No exercising, dog walking within condominiums’ common areas as part of circuit breaker measures: BCA
Exercising and dog walking are not permitted within the common areas of condominiums as part of measures to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Clothes retailer Esprit to close 56 stores in Asia outside China, including Singapore
The shops in Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau will be shut possibly by June 30.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

MP Seah used to “role play” as LTA official, told enforcement officer to stop issuing summons
It was reported earlier that People’s Action Party (PAP) Member of Parliament, Seah Kian Peng from Marine Parade GRC decided to play the role of “safe distancing ambassador” to walkabout through the various kopitiams as well a wet market on Sunday (26 Apr).
— The Online Citizen

Singapore’s focus on high value-added activities cements position as trade hub
DESPITE shifts in electronics trade flows, Singapore has adapted to the shifts with a focus on high value-added activities in the global supply chain, helping cement its position as a trade hub.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Mall operators extend rebates for retail tenants affected by circuit breaker measures
Following the announcement of the extension of the circuit breaker period to June 1 and the tightening on essential services, malls have extended their rental rebates for tenants whose businesses have been affected.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Video clip of man hanging at stairwell was not recorded in Singapore, say police
A video clip showing a man hanging at a stairwell was not recorded in Singapore, the Singapore Police Force said on Tuesday (April 28).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man arrested for breaking into temple, stealing statues
A man suspected of breaking into a temple along Geylang Road and stealing statues has been arrested, the Singapore Police Force said on Tuesday (Apr 28).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Most taxi firms unlikely to match ComfortDelGro’s rental waiver extension to cabbies
It looks like not everyone will be matching taxi giant ComfortDelGro’s extension of taxi rental waiver.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

HC Surgical says none of Dr Julian Ong’s patients switched doctors after knowing of complaint
TO date, none of Jsurgeon ulian Ong’s patients have decided to consult with another doctor after being informed by him of the matters alluded to in a Singapore Medical Council (SMC) complaint, HC Surgical Specialists (HCSS) said in a filing late Monday night (April 27).
— 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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