Singapore morning news for April 6

Singapore morning news for April 6

Singapore morning news

Most workplaces to close for one month from Apr 7 to curb spread of COVID-19
All workplaces except for those providing essential services and those able to operate remotely will be suspended from Apr 7 to May 4 during a month-long circuit breaker campaign to curb further spread of COVID-19, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo on Friday (Apr 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Covid-19: 20,000 foreign workers at two dormitories to serve 14-day quarantine order
CLOSE to 20,000 foreign workers are required to serve a 14-day quarantine order on the back of a growing number of Covid-19 infections at two dormitories, according to the multi-ministry task force at a press conference on Sunday.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Singapore to take care of foreign workers
The livelihood of foreign workers will be taken care of, as Singapore ramps up measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus, said Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore sees record daily spike of 120 COVID-19 cases, ‘significant number’ linked to worker dormitories
Singapore reported 120 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday (Apr 5), the biggest daily increase since the outbreak began here in January, bringing the national total to 1,309.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

88-year-old man sixth coronavirus patient to die here
A sixth patient has died from Covid-19 in Singapore, the Health Ministry said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore residents returning from ASEAN countries, France, India and Switzerland must self-isolate at hotels
Singapore residents returning from ASEAN countries, France, India and Switzerland must self-isolate for 14 days at dedicated facilities, in an expansion of the stay-home notice requirements to include more countries.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New Solidarity Budget will help Singapore tide through ‘circuit-breaker’ period: DPM Heng
DETAILS of another major support package – called the Solidarity Budget – will be announced in Parliament on Monday afternoon by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Counter services at ICA building only for urgent cases with appointments from April 7
From Tuesday (April 7), counter services at the Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) building will be reserved for urgent cases with appointments, and walk-ins will be denied entry.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Layoffs may loom as Singapore factory outlook falls to 2009 levels
SINGAPORE’S factory activity has fallen to levels last seen during the Great Recession, according to early industry figures out on Friday.
— The Business Times

‘Circuit-breaker’ to pre-empt escalating infections: PM Lee
WITH the number of Covid-19 infections in Singapore escalating in recent weeks, it was time for the country to make a “decisive move” to prevent the situation from worsening, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a “live” address to the nation on Friday.
— The Business Times

COVID-19: Safety measures in place for reusable mask distribution from Apr 5
Several measures will be put in place as households gear up to collect reusable masks from Sunday (Apr 5) as part of efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore retail sales shrink 8.6% in Feb with outbreak
SINGAPORE’S retail sales continued sliding in February due to the decline in tourist arrivals and lower domestic consumption arising from the deepening coronavirus pandemic.
— The Business Times

Collection exercise for reusable masks kicks off in latest step in coronavirus battle
The Government will no longer discourage people who are well from wearing masks, because of evidence that a few people can be infected but not show any symptoms, PM Lee said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tax filing deadlines extended, counter services by appointment only: IRAS
The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) is providing an automatic extension of tax filing deadlines for individuals and businesses as part of its support for taxpayers in light of the COVID-19 situation.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Aviation sector commits to filling over 17,500 training spaces, says NTUC
All major firms in Singapore’s aviation sector have committed to sending their workers to fill more than 17,500 training places as the industry grapples with the suspension of flights due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the National Trades Union Congress (NTUC) said on Sunday (April 5).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SAF making thousands of calls a day to contact trace, check stay-home compliance as COVID-19 fight hits ‘critical juncture’
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) is making between 1,000 to 2,000 calls a day to help contact trace and check compliance with stay-home notices as the Government ramps up measures to tackle COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: Bitter truths for Singapore Airlines about this aviation industry crash
There’s no escaping the need for a healthy balance sheet, diversifying revenue sources and rethinking frequent fleet renewal, says Nitin Pangarkar.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Motorists in Tuas illegal car race investigated for not complying with safe distancing measures
A 30-year-old man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in organising an illegal car race, the police said on Saturday (Apr 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Singapore Airlines to provide 300 ‘care ambassadors’ to fill manpower gap at hospitals
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will provide at least 300 care ambassadors to help fill a manpower gap at hospitals, in light of the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: NEA begins enforcement of safe distancing at all hawker centres
The National Environment Agency (NEA) began enforcement operations for safe distancing at Singapore’s 114 hawker centres on Sunday which will continue throughout the month-long ban on eating out.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Rush to colour hair as Singapore beauty salons wind down services under new Covid-19 measures
Come Tuesday, services such as hair-colouring treatments, manicures and facials in malls will no longer be available for those who make a routine of them.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ERP charges to be suspended at all gantries alongside COVID-19 workplace closures
Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) charges will be suspended at all gantries from Monday (Apr 6) on expectations that traffic will be significantly reduced following the closure of schools and most workplaces next week.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore retail sales fall at steepest pace in 12 years as COVID-19 deters shoppers
Singapore’s retail sales in February fell at the steepest pace in more than 12 years on a month-on-month basis as consumption fell across categories such as apparel and cosmetics due to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SGH memo saying PM Lee has COVID-19 is fake, hospital says
A Singapore General Hospital (SGH) memo that says Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has COVID-19 is fake, the hospital said on Friday (Apr 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore Expo being prepared to house COVID-19 patients who have recovered but may still be infectious: Gan Kim Yong
Singapore Expo is being prepared to function as a community care facility for COVID-19 patients who have more or less recovered but may still be infectious, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong on Sunday (Apr 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

LTA suspends COE bidding exercises for April amid new COVID-19 measures
The certificate of entitlement (COE) bidding exercises for April will be suspended, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA) in a media release on Sunday (Apr 5).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Some Singapore retail investors using cheap cash to load up on stocks
ecord low interest rates are tempting some retail investors in Singapore to load up on debt to buy shares, just as the coronavirus outbreak creates the most volatile markets since the global financial crisis.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: New website provides updates on crowd levels in Singapore malls
A website has been launched to provide the public with regular updates on crowd levels in malls across Singapore amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

As opposition parties eye a new single member seat, a three-cornered fight looms in Marymount
Nestled in the north of Bishan, 23,439 registered voters sit in the new Marymount Single Member Constituency (SMC).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Government will not mandate refund of pre-school fees during month-long closure
Parents will have to continue paying pre-school fees even when centres are closed for a month as part of enhanced safe-distancing measures.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Insurers start receiving queries on deferment of premium payments amid COVID-19 outbreak
Some individuals with life and health insurance have started enquiring about how to defer payments for their policy premiums, days after that option was announced by the authorities.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Slight increase in births a good sign
It is heartening that, after four consecutive years of decline, the number of babies born here inched up by 0.5 per cent from 39,039 in 2018 to 39,253 last year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

As Covid-19 hits businesses, Haji Lane shop owners go extra mile to keep staff who are like family
For two founders of a group of tourist-dependent stores in Haji Lane, although business is down, they do not intend to let go of any of the 12 staff.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: All public libraries to close from Apr 7 to May 4
In line with the objective of reducing social interaction to limit local transmission of COVID-19, all public libraries will be closed from Apr 7 to May 4, the Public Service Division (PSD) announced on Saturday (Apr 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: Working together towards a zero-suicide Singapore
A goal of zero suicides seems implausible to achieve, but it’s about challenging myths and making resources accessible, says Nominated Member of Parliament Anthea Ong.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Bouncing back from Sars with more love for nursing
During the 15 days she spent in a ward for Sars patients at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) in 2003, Ms Pauline Chong thought often of her mother.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Extra wage support as Singapore prepares for activity slowdown
The Jobs Support Scheme will be further enhanced and foreign worker levies waived for April, as part of measures to further help businesses this month, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Clapping for coronavirus front-line fighters: ‘Why I started it’
Across the island at 8pm last Monday, the sound of people clapping burst from windows, balconies and doorways.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Deferment granted for cars due for inspection and scrapping amid coronavirus pandemic
Several vehicle-related requirements will be waived, deferred or postponed in light of the one-month elevated safe-distancing measures kickingon Tuesday (April 7).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

False message circulating about bogus mask distributors robbing residents, warn police
Text and audio messages circulating claiming there are people robbing residents under the pretext of distributing reusable masks as part of a new Government initiative are untrue, the police said in a Facebook post on Saturday (Apr 4).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Police investigating after apparent leak of MOE, MSF press release on school closures
The police are looking into an apparent leak of a joint press release issued by the Ministry of Education (MOE) and Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) on COVID-19 school closures.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

ESG to partly fund commission costs for F&B players on Deliveroo, foodpanda and GrabFood
Enterprise Singapore (ESG) will partly cover the commission costs for F&B players on Deliveroo, foodpanda and GrabFood.
— The Business Times

Local universities cancel in-person examinations, move assessments online
Nanyang Technological University (NTU) will be cancelling all undergraduate on-campus exams, quizzes and tests scheduled between Apr 6 and May 8, following the COVID-19 developments in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: SAF defers all in-camp training, IPPT for NSmen until May 4; some servicemen to work from home
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) will defer all in-camp training (ICT) and individual physical proficiency tests (IPPT) for operationally-ready national servicemen (NSmen) with immediate effect until May 4.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

New gambling regulator, legislation to be established by 2021
A new gambling regulator will be established by 2021 to oversee the entire gambling landscape in Singapore, in a move that will consolidate and optimise resources under one single agency, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said in a news release on Friday (Apr 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Government to table Bill to ensure ‘safe’ General Election if held during COVID-19 outbreak
Bill will be tabled to set out contingency plans to ensure the safety of people should the next General Election take place during the COVID-19 outbreak, said the Elections Department (ELD) on Friday (Apr 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

100 Keppel Shipyard workers who had ‘direct contact’ with COVID-19 cases placed on leave of absence
About 100 Keppel Shipyard personnel who had direct contact with a cluster of COVID-19 patients linked to the shipyard have been placed on a 14-day leave of absence.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Steady supply of toilet paper here, with or without hoarding, says global supplier
Toilet paper supply can be replenished quickly and there are no signs that it will run out anytime soon, leading toilet paper supplier Asia Pulp and Paper (APP) has said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘We didn’t know there was a virus inside of us’: A young couple’s fight against COVID-19
It was not till viewing a friend’s Instagram story post that alarm bells started to ring.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: Lockdown and isolation sound simple – but keeping people at home is no easy answer
There is a difference between physical isolation and social isolation, says Terence Heng.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Drawing on the Singapore can-do spirit
Thirty-four years ago, Mr David Yeo was resting at home when he heard what he thought was a bomb exploding.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More eateries in Singapore joining delivery platforms ahead of dine-in ban
Diners opting to order in will have more options to choose from in the coming weeks, as more eateries sign up with food delivery services amid a looming ban on eating out.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ComfortDelGro waives taxi rental for one month to soften pain from COVID-19 work, school closures
ComfortDelGro said on Saturday (Apr 4) that it will waive taxi rental for one month to help their cabbies tide over this incredibly difficult period after the Government announced that all non-essential workplaces and schools will be closed to stem the spread of COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

With a quiet Ramadan on the cards, halal restaurants scramble to deliver
For years, business has been brisk at Hjh Maimunah, a popular kampung-style restaurant located in one of the city’s oldest Malay settlements, Geylang Serai.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: 10 wellness apps to use while staying at home
Social distancing in the era of Covid-19 has undoubtedly led to disruptions in daily routines.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man arrested for money laundering offences linked to S$10 million COVID-19 scam for surgical masks, hand sanitisers
A 39-year-old man has been arrested for his suspected involvement in money laundering offences linked to a business email impersonation scam related to COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Scalded boy trial: Couple cleared of murdering 5-year-old son, to face lesser charges
A couple accused of murdering their five-year-old son in 2016 by repeatedly pouring hot water on him was acquitted on Friday (Apr 3) of their capital charges and will face lesser charges.
— 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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