Singapore morning news for February 13

Singapore morning news for February 13

Singapore morning news

3 new cases of COVID-19 in Singapore, including DBS employee, 2 church employees
Singapore has three new cases of COVID-19, director of medical services at the Ministry of Health (MOH) Kenneth Mak said at a media conference on Wednesday (Feb 12).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

NEA reports dengue cases are at a four-year high
On Tuesday, the National Environment Agency (NEA) reported on its official site that dengue cases have spiked over the past two weeks, with 400 cases reported last week, up from the 371 cases, the week before that.
— The Online Citizen

Coronavirus: Government to foot bills of infected patients at public hospitals, except outpatient expenses
The Government is paying for hospital bills incurred by coronavirus patients in public hospitals, but this coverage does not extend to outpatient treatment, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

21 out of 50 coronavirus patients in S’pore linked to these 5 clusters
As of Feb. 12, Singapore has reported 50 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
— Mothership

Coronavirus: 600 work pass holders who travelled to China allowed to enter S’pore since start of new rules
Around 600 work pass holders who travelled to China have been given the go-ahead to enter Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: 3 from Yong Thai Hang cluster among 15 discharged so far
Six more coronavirus disease (Covid-19) patients were discharged from hospital on Wednesday (Feb 12), bringing the total number of those who have recovered to 15.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Supply chain remains robust, ‘panic buying’ situation has stabilised, says Lawrence Wong
The panic buying situation that was seen after Singapore raised its coronavirus risk assessment level last week has stabilised, although some outlets may not be fully stocked yet due to manpower and logistics issues, said Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: 1,000 MOM calls and visits daily to ensure work pass holders comply with mandatory leave of absence
More than 1,000 calls and visits are being made daily as part of checks by the Manpower Ministry (MOM) to ensure work pass holders are serving the mandatory 14-day leave of absence (LOA).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

300 employees vacate MBFC Tower 3 after coronavirus case confirmed at DBS Asia Central
The employees working on the 43rd floor have been told to work from home for the time being.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

219 suspected COVID-19 cases in total conveyed by ambulance as of Wednesday morning: SCDF
Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) ambulances have conveyed a total of 219 suspected COVID-19 cases as of 8am on Wednesday (Feb 12), a SCDF spokesperson said.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore tourism sector takes a hit for at least 6 to 8 months due to virus outbreak, say experts
One of the main casualties of the coronavirus outbreak in Singapore is the tourism industry.
— The Online Citizen

Airbus and RSAF ink agreement to develop automatic air refuelling capability
Singapore’s Multi-Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) aircraft could in the future conduct fully-automated refuelling operations in the air, should a collaboration with Airbus come to fruition.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: President’s Challenge donating $250,000 to The Courage Fund to support vulnerable groups
The President’s Challenge will be donating $250,000 to The Courage Fund to support vulnerable groups of people amid the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New ways for Singaporeans to offer help and support amid outbreak of COVID-19: Desmond Lee
Amid the outbreak of the novel coronavirus, individual Singaporeans have stepped forward in various ways to do their part, including starting ground-up initiatives to help the more vulnerable in the society and to show appreciation for the healthcare workers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Singapore, Malaysia to join hands on several fronts in fight against outbreak
Singapore and Malaysia are looking into establishing protocols for the transfer of infected patients between them as part of efforts to work more closely in tackling the spread of the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: New Grab service dedicated to taking healthcare workers home
Doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals will from Friday (Feb 14) have access to a new dedicated on-demand service from Grab to get rides to travel to and from hospitals.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Construction at CDL’s Whistler Grand resumes after two-day voluntary shutdown over suspected case
Construction at City Developments’ Whistler Grand project in West Coast Vale resumed on Wednesday (Feb 12) after its builder voluntarily stopped site work for two days when an employee was suspected of being infected with the coronavirus, The Straits Times has learnt.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Disgraceful’ to discriminate healthcare workers over fears of coronavirus: Amrin Amin
Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs Amrin Amin has called discrimination against healthcare workers “disgraceful”.
— Mothership

Sembcorp to install more than 20,000 solar panels for SIA facilities
Singapore Airlines (SIA) and SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) have signed a power purchase agreement with Sembcorp Solar to install and operate more than 20,000 rooftop solar panels.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Private firms offer help to SMEs hit by coronavirus outbreak
Banks, telcos and asset managers are stepping forward to help businesses, especially smaller ones, tide over the disruption caused by the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: One million masks to be distributed to private clinics
The Government will be distributing one million face masks to private clinics, including general practitioners (GPs) and specialists, in response to concerns they have expressed over supply.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More in S’pore will walk, bike as means of commute in 10 years, study predicts
Singapore will see a significant shift towards cycling and walking as a mode of transport in the next 10 years, when its population exceeds 6.3 million, said an international research firm.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Workers who can telecommute not eligible for $100 leave of absence allowance
Employers and those who are self-employed should not apply for the $100 leave of absence (LOA) support if they or affected workers can work through telecommuting arrangements, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Wednesday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore-based Aviation plc exercises purchase rights for two ATR aircraft
REGIONAL aircraft manufacturer ATR said on Wednesday that Singapore-based aircraft leasing company Aviation plc has converted its purchase rights for two ATR 72-600 aircraft into firm orders.
— The Business Times

Singapore will prepare a ‘Strong Package’ against virus fallout in next week’s budget presentation, says Lawrence Wong
Singapore is set to unveil a “strong” economic package in the coming national budget as part of effort to ease the economic fallout over the coronavirus outbreak.
— The Online Citizen

DBS employee infected with novel coronavirus, some staff told to work from home
DBS on Wednesday (Feb 12) confirmed an employee had been infected with the novel coronavirus, prompting the bank to take precautionary measures and have some employees at Marina Bay Financial Centre work from home.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SCDF: Personal mobility device-related fires increased last year, fires mostly occurred in homes
Fires involving personal mobility device (PMD) increased to 102 incidents last year and Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) said almost 70 per cent of fires occurred in homes.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore Airshow: Expandable aircraft toilet for wheelchair users offers 40 per cent more space
A challenge for wheelchair users when flying is that airplane toilets are too small to fit their mobility aid but an expandable aircraft lavatory developed by ST Engineering holds some promise.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s GIC acquires LG Twin Towers in Beijing for S$1.59b
The LG Twin Towers from South Korean conglomerate LG Group has been acquired by Singapore’s wealth fund GIC at the value of eight billion yuan (S$1.59 billion).
— The Online Citizen

Rolls-Royce to create 10 per cent more jobs in Singapore this year
British engineering giant Rolls-Royce is set to create more jobs in Singapore this year as it expands into the rest of South-east Asia.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

AI-driven system that speeds up temperature screening piloted at 2 locations
Temperature screening at office buildings could be up to five times faster with a new artificial intelligence-powered system by the Integrated Health Information System (IHiS) and healthcare technology company Kronikare.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Two new accreditation schemes for property managing agents from next year
Condominiums and other strata property will be able to tap property managers who have been accredited from next year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singaporean denies receiving assistance from MFA after being transferred to Malaysian police and detained for four months
Last week (4 February), Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan said in Parliament that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will extend consular assistance to Singaporeans detained or arrested abroad, and help ensure that they are accorded due process under the local laws.
— The Online Citizen

Singapore retail sales fall 2.8% in 2019, with 3.4% drop in December
Retail sales slid for the 11th consecutive month in December, marking almost a full year of decline, according to figures out on Wednesday (Feb 12) by the Department of Statistics.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singtel, SPH Magazines and others fined $66,000 for data protection breaches
Telco Singtel has been fined $9,000 for yet another data breach involving its My Singtel mobile app.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

StanChart robbery suspect David Roach to be extradited to Singapore: Report
David James Roach, suspected of robbing a Standard Chartered bank in 2016, has been ordered extradited to Singapore, according to a Canadian media report on Wednesday (Feb 12).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Doctors, staff and patients to restrict movements to within one hospital
Doctors in the public sector will have to restrict their work to within one hospital, while patients and healthcare staff should also limit their movement across different healthcare premises.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Cleaning your phone might be one of the best ways to protect yourself more
The national discourse on protecting yourself from the coronavirus has basically boiled down to wearing a mask or not wearing a mask.
— Mothership

2 men, including S’porean, die of burns from Jurong Island chemical plant fire
Two workers, a Singaporean and an Indian national, died after suffering burns at a chemical plant on Jurong Island on Feb 7.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’poreans write letters of encouragement to front line healthcare workers
With the ongoing 2019 novel coronavirus (Covid-2019) outbreak, frontline healthcare workers in Singapore probably have the toughest jobs right now.
— Mothership

CNB arrests 2 men, seizes $73,000 worth of drugs in Sengkang bust
A Singaporean man was arrested on Tuesday (Feb 11) on suspicion of trafficking drugs worth about $73,000.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Generation Grit: Your child is as good as retarded, single mum of disabled twins told
Ms Rozanah Roza struggled with depression for more than five years as the mother of three children – two with severe disabilities.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NTU undergrad, 22, coaxed 13-year-old girl into sleeping with him before becoming her substitute teacher
After being introduced to each other while they were volunteering at their former primary school, a 13-year-old girl and a 22-year-old man exchanged numbers and began chatting on the phone.
— Mothership

S’pore wedding couple criticised for wearing native American headdress but claims it’s their love for parrots
A couple who held their wedding in Singapore has been criticised online for cultural appropriation.
— Mothership

Neighbours testify that they provided strings used to tie up man who was found dead in Yishun
Two residents of a block in Yishun where a 22-year-old man was found dead in July 2016 provided the strings that were used to bind him on the day of his death.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

2 arrested, S$73,000 worth of drugs seized in CNB operation
Two people were arrested and S$73,000 worth of drugs seized by officers from the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) in an operation on Tuesday (Feb 11).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

3 public buses in chain collision in Tampines; 11 taken to hospital
Two SBS buses – services 19 and 37 – and a service 34 bus operated by Go-Ahead Singapore were involved in the collision at 6.45am on Wednesday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man arrested after attacking police, auxiliary officers at Sengkang General Hospital
A 26-year-old man was arrested on Tuesday (Feb 11) after he attacked police officers as well as an auxiliary officer at Sengkang General Hospital.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)


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