Singapore morning news for March 24

Singapore morning news for March 24

Singapore morning news

Singapore core inflation falls into negative territory for the first time in a decade
Singapore’s main price gauge slipped into deflation for the first time in more than a decade in February, data showed on Monday (Mar 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

All travellers entering S’pore must submit health declaration from Mar. 27
Those who make false declarations or fail to complete or submit the card will be liable for prosecution under the Infectious Diseases Act.
— Mothership

Singapore reports 54 new COVID-19 cases in highest daily spike, including 48 imported infections
Singapore on Monday (Mar 23) confirmed 54 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily increase to date, taking the total to 509 cases.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Sea levels in Singapore 14cm above pre-1970 levels: Meteorological Service Singapore
As the world warms and ice caps melt, global sea levels are rising including around Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

With over 4,000 infections and new disease strain, Singapore’s dengue war must go on even as it battles Covid-19, say experts
While the Republic continues to ramp up its fight against the coronavirus outbreak, it cannot drop its guard against its old foe, dengue, said Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli on Monday (March 23) at a panel discussion organised by The Straits Times on combating the spread of Covid-19 here.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

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Coronavirus: 90% of S’pore’s imported cases in recent days did not show symptoms at checkpoints
Nine of the 10 imported Covid-19 cases in Singapore between Wednesday (March 18) and Friday last week did not show symptoms, like fever, when they passed through the border checkpoints.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

StanChart downgrades Singapore GDP growth forecast, expects recession in 2020
Standard Chartered Bank has downgraded its economic growth forecast for Singapore, saying the economy will shrink this year by -2.0 per cent because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Possible delay in trash collection, lower cleaning frequency due to shortage of cleaners: NEA
Residents might see their trash around for longer periods than usual, with waste collection timings being extended from 7pm now to 10pm in the days to come.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singaporeans supportive of Budget 2020 measures, many call for greater support for middle-income families: Poll
The majority of Singaporeans supported the measures announced in Budget 2020, though many called for greater support for middle-income families, according to findings released by the Government’s feedback unit on Monday (Mar 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Singapore Govt donates $730,600 to WHO plan to limit human transmission of virus
Responding to an appeal by the United Nations (UN) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Singapore Government is donating US$500,000 (S$730,600) in the fight against the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Enforcement action taken against 21 workplaces due to lack of safe distancing measures
Enforcement action has been taken against 21 workplaces which have failed to comply with Government advisories on safe distancing measures to reduce the risk of local transmission Covid-19, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said in a statement on Monday (March 23).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Taxi drivers affected by reduced demand could be temporarily redeployed as ‘transport ambassadors’: Khaw Boon Wan
Taxi drivers who have seen their incomes drop as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak may be employed temporarily as transport ambassadors, Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan said on Monday (Mar 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS issues Covid-19 advisory to financial institutions
THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has issued an advisory to all financial institutions in Singapore, telling them to implement “safe distancing measures in all aspects of their business operations, especially customer touch points”.
— The Business Times

Body of first coronavirus patient to die in Singapore cremated on Sunday
The first Singaporean to die from Covid-19 complications was cremated on Sunday evening (March 22) at Mandai Crematorium, according to Chinese media reports.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: SIA reaches agreement with unions for cost-cutting measures affecting 10,000 employees
The Singapore Airlines (SIA) Group said it has reached an agreement with its unions for a set of cost-cutting measures that will affect 10,000 members of staff, according to an internal memo seen by CNA.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

DPM Heng Swee Keat to deliver ministerial statement on additional COVID-19 support measures
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Heng Swee Keat will deliver a ministerial statement on Thursday (Mar 26) regarding the Government’s additional support measures for workers, businesses and households in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Taxi drivers affected by slowdown due to coronavirus outbreak to be offered crowd control jobs at MRT
Taxi drivers displaced by the developing coronavirus outbreak will be deployed to lessen crowding on trains, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Monday (March 23).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SAF regular in 2018 tried to molest girl four months after outraging another child’s modesty
Mohamed Ardlee Iriandee Mohamed Sanip was convicted last month of molesting an eight-year-old girl following a trial.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Singapore Airlines slashes 96% of capacity, grounds most planes
Singapore Airlines (SIA) will cut 96 per cent of its capacity that had been scheduled up to the end of April, said the airline on Monday (Mar 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Scoot temporarily suspends flights to 49 destinations amid COVID-19 outbreak
Scoot will “temporarily suspend” flights to 49 destinations as countries tighten border restrictions amid the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Personal hygiene can help to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and flatten the epidemic curve: Experts
In the ongoing battle to contain the spread of Covid-19, every measure will help to prevent its spread, from border controls to social distancing recommendations and even personal hygiene habits, experts said on Monday (March 23).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

US, Singapore roll out more measures to ease pandemic hit
AS the Federal Reserve announced on Monday a second wave of stimulus to support the US economy, Singapore will also see a supplementary Budget being delivered on Thursday afternoon.
— The Business Times

Singapore artists grapple with virus fallout
THE Covid-19 fallout continues to ravage the Singapore arts industry in unprecedented ways.
— The Business Times

Keeping clean the first line of defence against coronavirus: Expert panel
Keeping yourself and your surroundings clean is no longer a matter of preference or being gracious, but the first line of defence against Covid-19, a panel of experts told The Straits Times on Monday (March 23).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

5th year death anniversary tributes to late Lee Kuan Yew pour in from his son & PAP politicians
The tributes by politicians referenced Singapore’s battle against Covid-19.
— Mothership

Recovering coronavirus patients sent to Mt Elizabeth Hospital, freeing beds in public hospitals for sicker patients
The patients are no longer sick or need less medical care, but are still shedding virus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Exam-style seating, wipe-down routines: Schools reopen with safe distancing measures to prevent coronavirus spread
Most students across Singapore returned to school on Monday (March 23), on the first day after the March week-long holidays drew to a close.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: S’pore Government to make its contact-tracing app freely available to developers worldwide
In a move to help the international community combat the coronavirus pandemic, the Government will be making the software for its contact-tracing application TraceTogether, which has already been installed by more than 620,000 people, freely available to developers around the world.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Shorter weekend operating hours for Thomson-East Coast Line stations from April to July
The three stations on the Thomson-East Coast Line (TEL) will have shorter operating hours on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays between April and July this year, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) said on Monday (Mar 23).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singaporeans open their hearts and homes to help stranded Malaysians
After reading the news that many Malaysians could be left stranded in Singapore without a roof over their heads amid their home country’s Covid-19 lockdown, 36-year-old Levin Foo put up a post on Facebook that said: “Tonight, let’s find these people and bring them over
— The Pride

Singapore, Australia leaders hold virtual meeting, agree to keep markets open amid COVID-19 outbreak
Singapore and Australia on Monday (Mar 23) agreed to keep markets open and supply chains running amid the COVID-19 pandemic, said Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Less than 10% of students, staff on leave of absence or stay-home notice: MOE
Less than 10 per cent of students and staff across all schools have been placed on a leave of absence or given a stay-home notice, the Ministry of Education (MOE) said on Sunday (Mar 22).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore and Australia deepen bilateral ties with raft of new agreements
Singapore and Australia on Monday (March 23) signed 10 agreements to advance bilateral cooperation in new areas, including on data innovation and the digital economy.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore and Australia sign upgraded treaty on military training, training area development
Singapore and Australia on Monday (Mar 23) signed an upgraded treaty to facilitate more training access in Australia for the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Social capital and trust help government respond to virus crisis: PM Lee
THE Singapore government is able to respond effectively to the Covid-19 outbreak by being transparent and having the people’s trust, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
— The Business Times

Pakistan to step up ties with Singapore
PAKISTAN is looking to step up its relations with Singapore in various fields with the possible signing of bilateral agreements and exchanging high level political visits between the two countries, says its High Commissioner in Singapore, Ms Rukhsana Afzaal, who arrived here last August.
— The Business Times

DBS appoints ex-GIC and PepsiCo veterans to board of directors
DBS Group announced after trading hours on Monday that it is appointing former GIC stalwart Anthony Lim and former PepsiCo India marketing head Punita Lal to its boards, effective April 1.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Senior pet dog in S’pore put to sleep just as dog welfare group offered to care for it
The group was not happy euthanasia was carried out with haste by the dog owner.
— Mothership

Jail and caning for man who raped family’s maid and molested stranger while out on bail
Alone at home with the family’s domestic worker, a 43-year-old businessman summoned her to his bedroom to give him a massage, then overpowered her and raped her.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Former Poh Heng employee jailed for embezzling S$98,000 worth of jewellery
Over the span of about a month, a long-time employee at Poh Heng Jewellery pocketed 139 pieces of jewellery worth about S$98,000.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Teen who took part in Special Olympics 2019 admits to sex offences, including molestation
An intellectually disabled youth, who took part in the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi last March, has pleaded guilty to offences including attempting to peep at a psychologist at his special education school when she was in a toilet.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SMRT worker dies from injuries after workplace accident at Bishan Depot
An SMRT staff member died on Monday (Mar 23) after sustaining severe injuries while working at Bishan Depot.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Cleaner jailed for sexually abusing his youngest daughter for three years
A 52-year-old cleaner, who sexually abused his youngest daughter repeatedly when she was between six and eight years old, was sentenced to 18½ years in jail on Monday (March 23).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)



Feature photo Gregory Lehner

This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on World Meteorological Day, March 23.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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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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