Singapore morning news for February 26

Singapore morning news for February 26

Singapore morning news

5 more COVID-19 patients discharged in Singapore, 1 new confirmed case: MOH
Five more COVID-19 patients have been discharged from hospital, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (Feb 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore to bar visitors with recent travel history to South Korea’s COVID-19 outbreak epicentres Daegu and Cheongdo
Singapore will not allow entry to visitors from South Korea’s Cheongdo county and Daegu city, which have been designated as special care zones after a spike of COVID-19 cases, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday (Feb 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore only country using test to find Covid-19 even if patient has recovered
Singapore is the only country in the world to use a particular test to detect Covid-19, even if the patient’s recovered.
— Mothership

Scheme to let China work permit holders switch jobs
WORK permit holders from China who are already in Singapore can soon switch jobs without having to leave the country, in a temporary scheme unveiled by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Tuesday to soften the economic blow of the Covid-19 outbreak on businesses.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Work pass holders who recently travelled to affected areas in South Korea need approval to enter S’pore
All work pass holders who recently travelled to South Korea’s Daegu city and Cheongdo county in the last 14 days will need to get approval before entering Singapore, as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases have spiked in these areas.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Iraq bans travellers from S’pore & 6 other countries amidst Covid-19 outbreak
Iraq has extended its entry ban to travellers from Singapore, Reuters reports.
— Mothership

Aaron Beng named new Chief of Navy as part of leadership renewal
Rear-Admiral (RADM) Aaron Beng Yao Cheng will take over as Chief of Navy on Mar 23, replacing RADM Lew Chuen Hong.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SIA freezes hiring for ground staff, mulls other measures in response to outbreak
SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) has introduced a hiring freeze and is contemplating other cost-cutting measures amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— The Business Times

DORSCON level could be lowered if COVID-19 spreads widely worldwide: Gan Kim Yong
Singapore could lower its Disease Outbreak Response System Condition (DORSCON) level if COVID-19 spreads widely around the world and travel restrictions no longer prove useful, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Tuesday (Feb 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Manufacturing, services sectors to be allowed to hire work permit holders from mainland China already in Singapore
Manufacturing and services sectors will soon be able to hire work permit holders who are already in Singapore, said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) on Tuesday (Feb 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Passenger traffic at Changi Airport dips 25 per cent in first 2 weeks of February
Total passenger traffic at Changi Airport dipped by more than 25 per cent in the first two weeks of February compared to the same period last year, as demand for air travel plunged amid fears over the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Duke-NUS used COVID-19 antibody tests to establish link between church clusters in a world-first
In a world-first, a research team at Duke-NUS Medical School established a link between two COVID-19 clusters in Singapore via serological testing on two cases, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Tuesday (Feb 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Covid-19: Case 91 lives at Rivervale Drive, was confirmed after she had recovered
Subsequent test results confirmed the Covid-19 infection on the afternoon of February 22.
— Mothership

Impact need not be severe if COVID-19 turns into a ‘pandemic’, says health expert at IPS forum
While there has been talk of the current COVID-19 outbreak becoming a pandemic, this did not mean the impact of the disease would be severe, said the Ministry of Health’s communicable diseases director Associate Professor Vernon Lee.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Retailer 3 Stars apologises, reduces face mask prices after MTI inspections
No further action will be taken against retailer 3 Stars at this time after it apologised and reduced its prices for face masks, said the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Tuesday (Feb 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19 measures to be discussed in Parliament as Committee of Supply debates begin
The Committee of Supply debates on the Budget will begin when Parliament sits on Wednesday (Feb 26).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

9 Covid-19 cases in S’pore linked to CNY gathering on Jan. 25
MOH explained that tracing backwards from a confirmed case is done in order to look for the source of infection.
— Mothership

Smoother collaborations between Singapore and EU firms with EU-Singapore FTA
Local companies’ collaborations with firms in the European Union (EU) can be smoother in the long term, with the landmark trade pact between the EU and Singapore which came into force last November providing key foundations such as simplifying and standardising customs procedures.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

LTA looks to test hands-free payment on trains, buses
The trial is to make the public transport system more inclusive.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore has funds to support firms further: Expert
When a scheme that will give employers a cash grant for three months to help them retain their local workers was announced in this year’s Budget, some businesses asked if Singapore was under-reacting to the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore, S. Korea and HK rebound as other Asian markets bleed
Markets in Singapore, Hong Kong and South Korea enjoyed a relief rebound yesterday even as others in Asia extended losses following a global stock rout stoked by fears that the rapid rise in new coronavirus cases outside China could further dent global growth.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Interest rates need to ease to help Singapore’s economy
With the economic costs of the coronavirus outbreak piling up, the central bank here will be facing increasing pressure to allow the Singapore dollar to depreciate.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore appoints new High Commissioner to Fiji
The Republic has appointed a new non-resident High Commissioner to Fiji.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Singapore’s Bangladeshi workers have eyes on home as virus shakes community
Unease over the virus has gripped groups of migrant workers across Asia.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Covid-19 beyond containment, but Singapore’s efforts will slow the spread: Harvard don
I think the virus is already spreading rapidly and actively in many places, said Professor Marc Lipsitch.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore hopes leaders in Malaysia will come to an agreement soon, says DPM Heng
We will respect the decision of the Malaysian leaders, and we will work with the government of the day, he said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Firms should make full use of downtime due to virus outbreak to transform: Heng
BUSINESSES should make use of the downtime due to the Covid-19 outbreak to transform, tapping not just the virus support package but also government support for transformation, said Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

SIA, SilkAir cut flight capacity by 7.1% from February to May as coronavirus infection spreads
National carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) and its budget arm SilkAir announced additional cuts to their flights between February and May on Monday night (Feb 24), following their decision last Tuesday to cancel more than 700 flights due to weak demand amid the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Tour bus drivers seek financial aid as tourist arrivals fall
Tour bus operators hit by the coronavirus crisis are petitioning for financial assistance.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Fund-raising drive by Muslim community to help those affected by coronavirus
A fund-raising drive will be launched by the Rahmatan lil Alamin Foundation (RLAF) together with all mosques here to support vulnerable people and families who have been affected by the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

New Mufti set to tap podcasts, blogs and social media to better engage Muslims in Singapore
Dr Nazirudin Mohd Nasir will assume the role of mufti – Singapore’s top Islamic leader – on March 1.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Tycoon Oei Hong Leong loses court battle with Raffles Education’s Chew Hua Seng
Tycoon Oei Hong Leong, who relied on a handwritten note to sue Raffles Education founder Chew Hua Seng for allegedly reneging on an agreement, has lost his court battle against his former good friend.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Universal Studios S’pore sees empty streets & no queues amid Covid-19 outbreak
As the number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 appears to be slowly declining, spirits seem to be concurrently rising.
— Mothership

Teenager admits molesting three women, including two in their 70s
In just one day, a teenage boy went to different blocks in the same neighbourhood and molested three women, including two in their 70s.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Hawker jailed for slashing man’s face with saw at coffee shop after dispute over cigarette smoke
An intoxicated man slashed a coffee shop patron’s face with a saw after a dispute over cigarette smoke, leaving scars on the victim’s face.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man who trespassed into police station at night to check on his case gets fine
Intoxicated and hoping to check on a case of a stolen necklace he had reported, a man climbed over a wall into a police station.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jail and driving ban for SBS Transit employee who drove into man in car park, killing him
An assistant station manager with SBS Transit was jailed three weeks and banned from driving for five years on Tuesday (Feb 25) for driving into a pedestrian, who later died in hospital.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Muay Thai fight death: Pradip Subramanian died of natural cause, coroner rules
A bodybuilding champion who died after a celebrity Muay Thai match against YouTuber Steven Lim in 2017 died of a natural cause, the state coroner ruled in findings released on Tuesday (Feb 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Lawyer Jeffrey Ong faces another 12 charges; all linked to client’s missing S$33.8m
JLC Advisors managing partner Jeffrey Ong Su Aun was slapped with 12 additional charges on Monday, all in relation to Allied Technologies’ missing funds of over S$33 million.
— The Business Times



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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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