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Record 287 new Covid-19 cases in S'pore, links found between Mustafa Centre and clusters in foreign worker dormitories

SINGAPORE - Singapore saw a sharp spike of 287 coronavirus cases on Thursday (April 9), with the majority linked to foreign worker dormitories. This is the highest daily number reported to date and brings the total number of cases here to 1,910, as the globa
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Record 287 new Covid-19 cases in S'pore, links found between Mustafa Centre and clusters in foreign worker dormitories

SINGAPORE - Singapore saw a sharp spike of 287 coronavirus cases on Thursday (April 9), with the majority linked to foreign worker dormitories. This is the highest daily number reported to date and brings the total number of cases here to 1,910, as the global number of cases crossed the 1.5 million mark. Coordinating Minister for National Security Teo Chee Hean is now advising the multi-ministry task force on handling the Covid-19 situation in foreign worker dormitories, said National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, noting that the police and Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) are involved in operations there. To cut the chain of transmission in dormitories, thousands of foreign workers who are healthy - especially those working in essential services - will be moved to army camps, floating hotels, and vacant Housing Board blocks. Singapore has also started active case finding and is swab-testing workers in various dormitories, said the Health Ministry's (MOH) director of medical services Kenneth Mak at a press conference on Thursday.

Singapore's hawkers and restaurateurs team up via Facebook groups to promote delivery options

Just as Covid-19 has forcefully accelerated companies big and small into digitisation, so has the pandemic pushed humble hawkers into digital transformation.  As Singapore winds down into a month-long circuit breaker mode, F&B outlets are left vulnerable t
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Singapore's hawkers and restaurateurs team up via Facebook groups to promote delivery options

Just as Covid-19 has forcefully accelerated companies big and small into digitisation, so has the pandemic pushed humble hawkers into digital transformation.  As Singapore winds down into a month-long circuit breaker mode, F&B outlets are left vulnerable to the government-mandated measures. Dining outside is no longer an option under current regulations, which stipulate that patrons are only allowed to order food for takeaways and eat their meals at home unless they want to face hefty fines.  While owners of restaurants and cafes already onboard the online food delivery bandwagon may not face that much of an issue in their operations, it’s the hawkers who are currently struggling to keep up. Fortunately for them, a Facebook group has been set up by a local hawker as a fuss-free way for fellow vendors to promote their stalls, their menu, and the delivery options available.

Circuit breaker: Join a #StayHome photography contest

Stuck at home after Singapore went into «circuit-breaker» mode? Don't just TikTok; snap some photos and you might win attractive prizes! The #StayHome Smartphone Photography Contest wants to provide a fun and engaging activity for families to do
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Circuit breaker: Join a #StayHome photography contest

Stuck at home after Singapore went into «circuit-breaker» mode? Don't just TikTok; snap some photos and you might win attractive prizes! The #StayHome Smartphone Photography Contest wants to provide a fun and engaging activity for families to do at home. Organised by Raffles Health Insurance (RHI) and the Photographic Society of Singapore (PSS), and supported by mm2 Entertainment, it will run from today (April 9) to May 11, 2020.  «Photographs are a relatable medium for all, and connect us even though we are apart. The concept of taking photographs from home anchors us to what is 'normal' and close to our heart during these uncertain times,» said Goh Kim Hui, the president of PSS.  Added Dr Morrison Loh, a clinical director at RHI: «The best way to avoid being infected is to stay at home and avoid any form of close contact with others. This not only protects yourself and your loved ones but also others who are vulnerable, such as young children, pregnant ladies, the elderly, or those who have existing medical conditions.»

Bengs who care: Young hawkers serve up free meals for the hungry, turn down donations

It's a tough time all around for many but two hawkers are doing what they can to feed the needy. Beng Who Cooks, a stall at Hong Lim Food Centre, will offer free meals to anyone in need for the entire circuit breaker period, it announced in an Instagram pos
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Bengs who care: Young hawkers serve up free meals for the hungry, turn down donations

It's a tough time all around for many but two hawkers are doing what they can to feed the needy. Beng Who Cooks, a stall at Hong Lim Food Centre, will offer free meals to anyone in need for the entire circuit breaker period, it announced in an Instagram post on April 6. Co-owned by Jason Chua and Hung Zhen Long, the two-year-old stall serves up protein bowls with healthy sides such as cherry tomatoes, broccoli and onsen eggs. From April 7 to May 4, they are offering chicken, fish, soba and beef stew sets, which range from $6 to $7. But anyone who is «hanging tough» and struggling to put food on the table can DM them on Instagram for a free meal that can be collected or delivered the next day, they said. With non-essential businesses shuttered for the month, not to mention the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic, many are feeling the pinch.

In viral campaign, Preetipls raises over $140k for migrant workers in S'pore affected by Covid-19

While other social media influencers may be busy preening themselves for on fleek work from home looks on Instagram, Preeti Nair (better known by her moniker Preetipls), has successfully raised over $100,000 to alleviate the coronavirus-induced plight of the
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In viral campaign, Preetipls raises over $140k for migrant workers in S'pore affected by Covid-19

While other social media influencers may be busy preening themselves for on fleek work from home looks on Instagram, Preeti Nair (better known by her moniker Preetipls), has successfully raised over $100,000 to alleviate the coronavirus-induced plight of the migrant community in Singapore.  As of writing, a crowdfunding campaign for non-governmental organisations Health Serve and Transient Workers Count 2 (TWC2) has garnered over $141,000 in funds, well over the initial goal of $100,000.  The money will go towards helping Singapore’s migrant workers, who are particularly vulnerable during the ongoing pandemic. While the government has assured to cover the wages and costs of living for around 20,000 workers currently quarantined in their dormitories, the campaign seeks to help out the rest of the community who may not be as fortunate to receive state support. 

PM Lee warns that circuit breaker measures will be strictly enforced; still too many gatherings taking place

SINGAPORE - Any group seen gathering in public will immediately be issued a written warning by enforcement officers, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He warned that the authorities will strictly enforce the «circuit breaker» measures from Thu
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PM Lee warns that circuit breaker measures will be strictly enforced; still too many gatherings taking place

SINGAPORE - Any group seen gathering in public will immediately be issued a written warning by enforcement officers, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. He warned that the authorities will strictly enforce the «circuit breaker» measures from Thursday (April 9), noting there are still far too many public gatherings taking place. There were still crowds seen in nature reserves, markets and other places, on the third day of strict measures that include closing most workplaces and barring social gatherings of any size in homes or public spaces like parks. Those caught flouting the rules for the first time will be issued a stern written warning, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli in a Facebook post on Thursday. Second-time offenders will be fined $300, and those nabbed a third time will be charged in court. In a Facebook post, PM Lee said the number of new Covid-19 cases is increasing sharply, and that people must comply with stay home measures «very strictly». Singapore reported 142 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the total number of reported cases here to 1,623.

Hackers hijack Singapore home-based lessons on Zoom to allegedly show obscene photos to children

SINGAPORE - What was supposed to be a home-based geography lesson on video conferencing platform Zoom for Secondary 1 student Zee, 13, took a traumatising turn when hackers allegedly hijacked the stream and started showing pictures of penises. These hackers
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Hackers hijack Singapore home-based lessons on Zoom to allegedly show obscene photos to children

SINGAPORE - What was supposed to be a home-based geography lesson on video conferencing platform Zoom for Secondary 1 student Zee, 13, took a traumatising turn when hackers allegedly hijacked the stream and started showing pictures of penises. These hackers, who Zee said were two Caucasian men, then allegedly told the girls from her class of 39 students who were watching to «show us your boobs». Her civil servant mother, who wanted to be known only as Miss Loh, 47, told The Straits Times on Thursday (April 9) that she was horrified at what had happened. She then informed the teacher of her daughter's school, which is in the eastern side of Singapore. «When she is surfing the Internet, she does not encounter such things. Home-based learning is supposed to be a safe space, but now our children have to be exposed to such things?» «I know it's difficult to manage but as a parent I feel very concerned,» she said. Zee's experience is not a unique one, as reports continue to pop up all around the world about cyber security incidents relating to Zoom.

Coronavirus: 10 non-essential businesses told to close after flouting circuit breaker rules

SINGAPORE - Ten businesses that do not provide essential services have been told to cease operations after they were found to have remained open during the circuit breaker period that began on Tuesday (April 7) and is expected to last until May 4. In a join
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Coronavirus: 10 non-essential businesses told to close after flouting circuit breaker rules

SINGAPORE - Ten businesses that do not provide essential services have been told to cease operations after they were found to have remained open during the circuit breaker period that began on Tuesday (April 7) and is expected to last until May 4. In a joint statement on Wednesday, Enterprise Singapore (ESG) and the Singapore Tourism Board (STB) said that these businesses included traditional Chinese medicine retail establishments, wellness and beauty product shops, money changers, mobile phone retail shops, consumer electronics retailers, kitchenware stores and stationery shops. The agencies said that verbal warnings were issued to these businesses and if they do not comply, they would be fined and their operations would be suspended. ESG and STB enforcement checks covered close to 10,700 businesses in Singapore on Tuesday, which involved over 200 distancing ambassadors and staff members. ESG conducted checks on over 9,750 food and beverage businesses as well as retail outlets in 67 shopping malls, while STB inspected more than 920 tourism-related establishments.

Rise in domestic abuse cases as families forced to stay home

Since she started telecommuting a few weeks ago, she has faced more verbal and physical abuse from her husband, who has always worked from home. Friction between the couple has become worse now that they are together almost all the time, the woman's social w
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Rise in domestic abuse cases as families forced to stay home

Since she started telecommuting a few weeks ago, she has faced more verbal and physical abuse from her husband, who has always worked from home. Friction between the couple has become worse now that they are together almost all the time, the woman's social worker, Ms Kristine Lam, told The New Paper. One of the flashpoints is her husband's harsh disciplining of their two young children, who stopped going to kindergarten a while ago because of the Covid-19 outbreak. When she tries to help them, he would turn his anger towards her and become violent. «Her husband would accuse her of being a lousy mother who was incapable of managing the kids,» said Ms Lam, who declined to reveal their personal details due to confidentiality. «He would push her and bang her head against the wall. He also hit her with his hands.» She said the man had always been abusive and controlling, such as checking his wife's phone and laptop, but the frequency of his violence rose after she began working at home.

Nationwide movement to spur S'pore residents to sew masks during Covid-19 circuit breaker period

SINGAPORE - As Singaporeans stay indoors to help stem the spread of Covid-19, some people have started to sew their own masks at home - wearing them on grocery runs or giving these colourful fabrics to friends, family and charity. More people are ready to ho
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Nationwide movement to spur S'pore residents to sew masks during Covid-19 circuit breaker period

SINGAPORE - As Singaporeans stay indoors to help stem the spread of Covid-19, some people have started to sew their own masks at home - wearing them on grocery runs or giving these colourful fabrics to friends, family and charity. More people are ready to hop on the do-it-yourself bandwagon as a new nationwide movement takes hold on social media. Called Masks Sewn With Love, it features an online tutorial video that shows people how to stitch them. These cloth masks have two layers, with room for extra material like a dry wipe or paper towel to be inserted in between. The People's Association project was launched online by several women grassroots advisers on Wednesday (April 8). Volunteers across the island will make masks at home, and people are invited to join in. «Anyone can sew and learn to make cloth reusable masks, including those with a pocket to insert a filter,» said Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Home Affairs and National Development Sun Xueling, who is also an MP for Pasir Ris-Punggol GRC.

US senators question Amazon CEO about firing of warehouse protest leader

Five Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday wrote Amazon.com Inc to raise concern about its firing of a worker who protested warehouse operations during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a copy of the letter seen by Reuters.
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US senators question Amazon CEO about firing of warehouse protest leader

Five Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday wrote Amazon.com Inc to raise concern about its firing of a worker who protested warehouse operations during the coronavirus pandemic, according to a copy of the letter seen by Reuters.

Airbus to review production cuts after 'some months': CEO

Airbus production cuts announced on Wednesday in response to the coronavirus crisis are likely to be in place for "some months" and then reviewed as the market outlook becomes clearer, Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said on Wednesday.
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Airbus to review production cuts after 'some months': CEO

Airbus production cuts announced on Wednesday in response to the coronavirus crisis are likely to be in place for "some months" and then reviewed as the market outlook becomes clearer, Chief Executive Guillaume Faury said on Wednesday.

US Justice Department backs Google request to use part of US-Asia undersea cable

The U.S Justice Department on Wednesday recommended U.S. regulators approve Alphabet Inc's request to use part of an U.S.-Asia undersea telecommunications cable.
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US Justice Department backs Google request to use part of US-Asia undersea cable

The U.S Justice Department on Wednesday recommended U.S. regulators approve Alphabet Inc's request to use part of an U.S.-Asia undersea telecommunications cable.

Hundreds of US lenders get access to small business rescue program with new system launch

The government's US$350 billion program to help ailing businesses took an important step forward on Wednesday, with the launch of a new system that will allow hundreds of new lenders to participate in the unprecedented scheme.
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Hundreds of US lenders get access to small business rescue program with new system launch

The government's US$350 billion program to help ailing businesses took an important step forward on Wednesday, with the launch of a new system that will allow hundreds of new lenders to participate in the unprecedented scheme.

Norwegian Air seeks US$4.3 billion debt-for-equity deal as crisis deepens

Norwegian Air plans to convert up to US$4.3 billion of its debt into equity and to issue new shares as it seeks to stay in business following the COVID-19 outbreak that has grounded almost all of its fleet, the budget carrier said on Wednesday.
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Norwegian Air seeks US$4.3 billion debt-for-equity deal as crisis deepens

Norwegian Air plans to convert up to US$4.3 billion of its debt into equity and to issue new shares as it seeks to stay in business following the COVID-19 outbreak that has grounded almost all of its fleet, the budget carrier said on Wednesday.

Toyota extends North American plant shutdown; will stop paying 5,000 temp workers

Toyota Motor Corp said Wednesday it plans to reopen its North American auto plants on May 4, extending its current shutdown by two additional weeks.
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Toyota extends North American plant shutdown; will stop paying 5,000 temp workers

Toyota Motor Corp said Wednesday it plans to reopen its North American auto plants on May 4, extending its current shutdown by two additional weeks.

Esports - Super League Triathlon enlists top athletes to compete in Zwift Classics

Super League Triathlon has made a foray into the world of esports and enlisted leading athletes such as double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee and reigning Super League champion Vincent Luis to take part in the online Zwift Classics series.
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Esports - Super League Triathlon enlists top athletes to compete in Zwift Classics

Super League Triathlon has made a foray into the world of esports and enlisted leading athletes such as double Olympic champion Alistair Brownlee and reigning Super League champion Vincent Luis to take part in the online Zwift Classics series.

Infantino talks of different football, but what might it look like?

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said that football will be "totally different" when it re-starts after the coronavirus. He has talked of smaller, but more meaningful, competitions, more balance and football being "more attentive to true val
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Infantino talks of different football, but what might it look like?

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has said that football will be "totally different" when it re-starts after the coronavirus. He has talked of smaller, but more meaningful, competitions, more balance and football being "more attentive to true values."

Refugees in eastern Germany sew coronavirus face masks for pensioners

Refugees in the eastern German town of Jueterbog are sewing face masks for pensioners in a retirement home that has a shortage of facial coverings for elderly residents at heightened risk of coronavirus infection.
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Refugees in eastern Germany sew coronavirus face masks for pensioners

Refugees in the eastern German town of Jueterbog are sewing face masks for pensioners in a retirement home that has a shortage of facial coverings for elderly residents at heightened risk of coronavirus infection.

Exclusive: Venezuela gasoline shortages worsen as US tells firms to avoid supply - sources

Gasoline shortages in Venezuela are worsening after U.S. officials have told foreign firms to refrain from supplying the fuel to the sanctioned South American nation and only provide diesel, according to five people familiar with the situation.
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Exclusive: Venezuela gasoline shortages worsen as US tells firms to avoid supply - sources

Gasoline shortages in Venezuela are worsening after U.S. officials have told foreign firms to refrain from supplying the fuel to the sanctioned South American nation and only provide diesel, according to five people familiar with the situation.

Coronavirus: Malaysians returning from Singapore in Johor quarantined at govt centres

JOHOR BARU - Johor Immigration has been told to strictly adhere to the Malaysian government's latest decision that Malaysian workers returning from Singapore must first show proof of being cleared of Covid-19. In a note to the state Immigration director, dep
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Coronavirus: Malaysians returning from Singapore in Johor quarantined at govt centres

JOHOR BARU - Johor Immigration has been told to strictly adhere to the Malaysian government's latest decision that Malaysian workers returning from Singapore must first show proof of being cleared of Covid-19. In a note to the state Immigration director, department director-general Khairul Dzaimee Daud said only those who had undergone the swab test in the Republic and certified free from the deadly disease would be exempted from the otherwise mandatory 14-day quarantine. He said they must have documents to show that they had tested negative. Datuk Khairul said the latest ruling was made by the special Cabinet meeting last Friday (April 3). Prior to this, the workers only needed to show a letter from a doctor in Singapore that they had no Covid-19 symptoms. Several Malaysians returning from Singapore were caught off-guard when they were sent to a government quarantine centre in Johor Baru, with their medical certificates clearing them of Covid-19 symptoms rejected at the checkpoint.

Police called after crowd turns up at Grab office

As Singapore enters its circuit breaker period, some people are trying to put food on the table as a GrabFood rider. But it seems that more than a few people had the same idea. Police were called after a crowd turned up at the Grab Driver Centre (GDC) at Si
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Police called after crowd turns up at Grab office

As Singapore enters its circuit breaker period, some people are trying to put food on the table as a GrabFood rider. But it seems that more than a few people had the same idea. Police were called after a crowd turned up at the Grab Driver Centre (GDC) at Sin Ming today (April 8) to collect their GrabFood delivery gear. Photos and clips of the melee showed a group of men gathering outside the GDC as a line of police officers blocked off the entrance. While several police officers tried to direct the crowd, some began to complain that they had been waiting «for every long». A man was also caught on camera shouting Hokkien expletives. As part of the circuit breaker measures which kicked in on April 7, members of the public should only leave the house for essential matters. Those who work in companies providing essential services such as food delivery are also permitted to leave the house.

Record 142 new coronavirus cases in Singapore; Indian national later confirmed to have Covid-19 died while awaiting test result

SINGAPORE - Singapore reported 142 cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday (April 8), a record high, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily update. Of these, 140 are local cases and two are imported. They bring the total number of cases here to 1,623. Among
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Record 142 new coronavirus cases in Singapore; Indian national later confirmed to have Covid-19 died while awaiting test result

SINGAPORE - Singapore reported 142 cases of Covid-19 on Wednesday (April 8), a record high, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily update. Of these, 140 are local cases and two are imported. They bring the total number of cases here to 1,623. Among the local cases, links to existing clusters have been established for 55 cases, of which 40 are linked to clusters at foreign worker dormitories. There are 13 cases that have been linked to other cases. Contact tracing is being done for the remaining 72 cases. There was also a seventh death linked to the disease. A 32-year-old Indian national who had been swabbed on April 7 and advised to stay home pending test results died on April 8 at his residence. He was confirmed to have Covid-19 after his death. His chest X-ray indicated he did not have pneumonia and investigations are ongoing to establish the cause of death. MOH also said that 29 patients were discharged on Wednesday. To date, a total of 406 cases have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities.

German foreign ministry restricts use of Zoom over security concerns: report

The German foreign ministry has restricted use of the video conferencing service Zoom, saying in an internal memo to employees that security and data protection weaknesses made it too risky to use, newspaper Handelsblatt reported on Wednesday.
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German foreign ministry restricts use of Zoom over security concerns: report

The German foreign ministry has restricted use of the video conferencing service Zoom, saying in an internal memo to employees that security and data protection weaknesses made it too risky to use, newspaper Handelsblatt reported on Wednesday.

Human activity to blame for coronavirus spread: Study

Diseases such as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe could become more common as human activity destroys habitats and forces disease-carrying wild animals into ever-closer proximity with us, a major study showed on Wednesday (Apr 8).
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Human activity to blame for coronavirus spread: Study

Diseases such as the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe could become more common as human activity destroys habitats and forces disease-carrying wild animals into ever-closer proximity with us, a major study showed on Wednesday (Apr 8).

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