Singapore morning news for March 25

Singapore morning news for March 25

Singapore morning newsS’poreans who travel abroad from Mar. 27 to be charged unsubsidised rates at public hospitals for Covid-19 symptoms
Any work pass holder or their dependant who leaves Singapore from March 27, 2020, will be deprioritised for entry approval.
— Mothership

Covid-19: Fine & jail term for those who breach SHN measures in S’pore
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has reminded Singaporeans that breaches of measures aimed at containing Covid-19 could result in jail, fines, or both.
— Mothership

49 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, with 32 imported cases; most travelled to UK
Singapore reported 49 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday (Mar 24), of which 32 were imported infections.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19 temporary measures: Gatherings outside of school and work limited to 10 people, entertainment venues to close
Gatherings outside school and work will be limited to a maximum of 10 people from Thursday at 11.59pm to Apr 30 this year, the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force said on Tuesday (Mar 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

9-year-old boy is 15th Filipino with coronavirus in Singapore
A 9-year-old boy who recently visited the Philippines is the 15th Filipino to test positive for the novel coronavirus in Singapore, the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday evening, March 24.
— Rappler

Returning Singapore residents from UK, US to serve stay-home notices at hotels
Returning Singapore residents who have travelled to the United Kingdom and United States will be taken from the airport to hotels to serve out their 14-day stay-home notices, authorities said on Tuesday (Mar 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore scientists study genes to fast-track coronavirus vaccine
Scientists in Singapore say they have developed a way to track genetic changes that speeds testing of vaccines against a coronavirus that has killed more than 16,000 people worldwide.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

HSA issues alert over 3 ‘sexual enhancement’ products, including coffee sold at Bedok North eatery
The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) issued an alert on Tuesday (Mar 24) warning members of the public about three products containing potent medicinal ingredients used to treat erectile dysfunction.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore stocks amid COVID-19 pandemic: Not realistic to expect stabilisation soon, say analysts
Singapore stocks, in tandem with the global sell-off, have been in free fall and given a rapidly-evolving COVID-19 pandemic, market analysts said it would be unrealistic to expect a stability in the market anytime soon.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Supermarkets launch dedicated shopping hours for ‘vulnerable segments’ of community
Supermarkets in Singapore will introduce dedicated shopping hours for the elderly and other vulnerable segments of the community to get their essentials.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MUIS to close mosques until further notice amid high risk of COVID-19 transmission
Mosques will be closed until further notice amid a “heightened risk” of COVID-19 transmission in the community, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) announced on Tuesday (Mar 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SIA to implement COVID-19 cost-cutting measures, up to 7 days no-pay leave a month for pilots
Singapore Airlines (SIA) pilots will be required to take some days of no-pay leave a month from April as part of cost-cutting measures the national carrier is putting into place.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Lawrence Wong explains why S’pore is not in ‘lockdown’ & why schools are still open
According to Minister for National Development and co-chair of the Multi Ministry Taskforce Lawrence Wong, the term lockdown is used quite loosely these days.
— Mothership

Measures to contain COVID-19 introduced in tiers and ‘based on risk’: Lawrence Wong
The measures used to contain the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore are introduced in tiers and based on risk, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong on Tuesday (Mar 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Young pupils staying with recently returned travellers required to go on leave of absence
Pre-school and primary school students will be placed on a 14-day leave of absence if they are staying in the same household as a person who is returning from overseas from Thursday onwards, authorities said on Tuesday (Mar 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOM introduces further measures to help companies cope with Covid-19
THE Ministry of Manpower (MOM) announced on Tuesday a series of new measures to help cushion the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on companies.
— The Business Times

Pasir Ris D’Resort to become isolation facility for Covid-19 patients who are well but still test positive
Some recovering Covid-19 patients will be moved out of hospitals to a “Community Isolation Facility” at D’Resort in Pasir Ris, from Tuesday, Mar. 24.
— Mothership

11 people arrested for various scams, including 3 involving face masks
Eleven men were arrested after for their suspected involvement in more than 25 cases of scams, where victims lost over S$281,000, the police said on Tuesday (Mar 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘It always helps when you know you are not alone’: Freelancers rally online after taking hit from COVID-19 outbreak
With the exception of a gig in April, lighting designer Jim Chan’s work calendar is now completely blank as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

TOC editor fails in bid to obtain documents from PM Lee Hsien Loong in defamation suit
The High Court has dismissed a bid by the chief editor of The Online Citizen (TOC) to obtain communications between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and his family, as well as minutes of a Cabinet meeting – the latest development in the defamation suit filed by PM Lee against him.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Whole-of-community approach needed to help Singapore’s homeless: Expert panel
The community as a whole needs to be involved to help the homelessstay off the streets, said panellists in a discussion about the issue on Tuesday (March 24).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore sends coronavirus test kits to the Philippines
The Republic has sent medical supplies to the Philippines that will allow doctors to detect and help contain the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

People with COVID-19 are ‘most infectious’ in first 7 days after developing symptoms: NCID consultant
What have doctors in Singapore learnt about the new coronavirus, two months after the first patient was identified here? CNA speaks to NCID consultant Dr Wong Chen Seong to find out.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Study: Most Singaporeans are ready to adopt digital-only bank
Close to 65 per cent of Singaporeans are open to the idea of adopting a digital-only bank, according to the Visa Consumer Payment Attitudes Study.
— e27

Coronavirus: New kit allows Covid-19 test samples to be transported at room temperature
Test samples from possible Covid-19 patients can now be sent to labs with a lower risk of contamination, which would in turn allow for more accurate testing in countries where samples have to be transported over long distances.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

OCBC predicts recession for Singapore in 2020, downgrades growth forecast
The global economic slowdown, accelerating social distancing measures and increasing travel lockdowns could send Singapore sinking into a recession this year, said OCBC, the latest bank to downgrade its growth forecast.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Government to provide update in Parliament on Singapore’s response to COVID-19
The Government will provide updates on Singapore’s response to COVID-19 when Parliament sits on Wednesday (Mar 25).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: 6 parents of international school students test positive; schools switch to remote learning
They are the Singapore American School (SAS) and the United World College of South East Asia (UWCSEA), with each having three parents diagnosed with the virus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: PCF Sparkletots teacher tests positive for Covid-19, Fengshan centre closed for a day for cleaning
The Health Ministry is conducting contact tracing, and barring further developments, classes and programmes will resume on Wednesday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

A peek at the illicit trade in smuggled vegetables in Singapore
How are illegally imported vegetables getting in, and why are some suppliers risking prosecution? The programme Talking Point investigates.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Parents question tuition suspension; centres go online
Tuition centres are ready to go online, even as parents questioned the need for them to close.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore International Festival of Arts, War Horse cancelled due to COVID-19
The annual SIFA event was scheduled to be held in May, while Singapore Repertory Theatre’s War Horse was slated to run from April.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

SNOC to ‘regroup’ with affected sports associations following Olympic postponement
The Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) will regroup with affected National Sports Associations (NSAs) following the postponement of the 2020 Olympics, a spokesperson from the organisation said on Tuesday (Mar 24).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Certis donates care packs to 500 ST fund beneficiaries and their family members
In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, integrated security services provider Certis has donated 500 care packs to the beneficiaries of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) and their families, to improve their health and well-being.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore stock market bounces on Fed’s bumper boost
Singapore’s stock market rebounded along with its peers in Asia on Tuesday (Mar 24) as a pledge by the US Federal Reserve to spend whatever it takes to stabilise the financial system lifted sentiment amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Teochew v Teochew: High Court rejects Ngee Ann Kongsi’s appeal against open trial with Teochew Poit Ip Huay Kuan
The High Court affirmed on Monday (March 23) that a high-profile legal tussle between two rival Teochew clan groups over the historic Teochew Building should go to trial in open court.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man gets jail, caning for violent sexual assault of woman he followed into a lift
A man violently assaulted a woman in a lift, ignoring her pleas, resisting her attempts to crawl out and leaving her with severe psychological trauma.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Maid jailed 22 months for assaulting employer, 92, causing him to fall and fracture spine
A maid pushed her 92-year-old employer during an argument, causing the elderly man to fall and fracture his spine.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man wins appeal against court order to pay 60% of adult son’s overseas degree studies
A man succeeded in his appeal against having to help pay for his son’s degree studies overseas, with the High Court ruling on Tuesday (March 24) that maintaining a child does not extend to paying for all his education expenses.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Man jailed over row in vehicle that caused a crash and killed driver when animal antlers pierced his eye
A man who was hitching a ride in a prime mover stabbed the driver’s nephew in the back with a pair of animal’s antlers and the vehicle crashed during the ruckus in February 2018.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Upskirter jailed after schoolmate catches him trying to take video on NUS campus
A former National University of Singapore (NUS) student who had been taking upskirt videos of women for four months was caught by an observant schoolmate who notified both the dean and the police.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore general insurance sector in the red with $28m underwriting loss last year on higher claims
Singapore’s general insurance industry sank into the red last year with an underwriting loss of $28 million compared with an underwriting profit of $36.3 million in 2018.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SMRT technician killed at depot set to wed this year
The SMRT technician who was killed at Bishan Depot on Monday while operating heavy equipment was planning to get married this year.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)
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