Singapore morning news for April 23

Singapore morning news for April 23

Singapore morning news

COVID-19 infections in Singapore top 10,000, with 1,016 new cases; 12th person dies
The number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore has crossed the 10,000 mark, with 1,016 new cases reported as of noon on Wednesday (Apr 22).

Singapore economy to shrink by steeper 8.5% this year with extended circuit breaker period: Citigroup
Singapore will witness a deeper recession this year after the nation extended and tightened its partial lockdown, Citigroup warned, widening its forecast for an economic contraction.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Two more foreign worker dormitories declared as isolation areas
Two more foreign workers dormitories have been gazetted as isolation areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus: Confined foreign workers will get paid, have medical needs and meals taken care of, says Shanmugam
Foreign workers who have been confined to their dormitories for the next two weeks can rest assured that their salaries will be paid and their food and medical needs will be attended to, said Minister for Home Affairs and Law K Shanmugam on Wednesday (April 22).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Woman allegedly sneezes in another woman’s direction at ION Orchard, charged with causing harassment
A woman was charged in court on Wednesday (Apr 22) with causing harassment to another woman last week by sneezing in her direction and shouting at her.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Coronavirus: New restrictions for wet markets kick in but no shoppers turned away
A new move to restrict entry to popular wet markets based on the last digit of shoppers’ NRIC numbers has resulted in thinner crowds in at least two of the four venues.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Relief package by NTU to help students facing financial difficulties amid coronavirus outbreak
The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) has launched a private philanthropic programme to help its students, with the university’s president Subra Suresh and his wife, Mrs Mary Suresh, making a personal gift of $100,000 to seed and anchor the fund.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: SAF extends Basic Military Training suspension, 2,480 pre-enlistees to stay home
All full-time national servicemen trainees from the Singapore Police Force and the Singapore Civil Defence Force will also have their training further suspended.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

F&B businesses come to grips with new circuit breaker measures, but some unsure what to do
Food and beverage outlets are quickly adjusting their operations as more stringent circuit breaker measures kicked in on Wednesday (Apr 22), but some businesses CNA spoke to still had questions on what they were allowed to do.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Extra S$3.8 billion government support for businesses and workers amid pandemic
In May, wage support for businesses in Singapore will be extended in response to the extension of the circuit breaker measures to June to curb the spread of COVID-19.
— The Online Citizen

Scholar and activist Lai Ah Eng urges MOM to reconsider cancelling work passes, permanently banning 24 migrant workers for breaching safe distancing measures
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) should reconsider its cancellation of 24 migrant workers’ work passes and the permanent ban imposed on them for breaching safe distancing measures, said Lai Ah-Eng, an adjunct senior fellow at the National University of Singapore (NUS)’s University Scholars Programme (USP).
— The Online Citizen

FairPrice introduces ‘store on wheels’ to bring groceries closer to residents during COVID-19 circuit breaker
Singapore’s largest supermarket chain will roll out an initiative called FairPrice on Wheels, to allow residents in selected areas to buy groceries without venturing too far from home during the extended COVID-19 circuit-breaker period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: British businesses raise concerns about getting bank loans, though confidence in Singapore largely remains
Some British firms fear they will hit financial problems as they attempt to ride out the pandemic although most remain confident in Singapore as a business hub in the long-term.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore receives shipment of bedding items from Indonesia for COVID-19 community care facilities
Singapore has received a shipment of bedding items from Indonesia, to be used at facilities set up to house COVID-19 patients with milder symptoms.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: 150 caught breaching safe distancing rules, 50 did not wear masks outside homes
About 150 people were caught flouting the safe distancing measures while more than 50 did not wear a mask outside their homes on Wednesday (April 22).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore food manufacturers scramble to comply with fresh rules
SINGAPORE’S food manufacturers may be facing a rare test in the form of the Covid-19 crisis, as extensive shutdowns, supply chain and cash flow issues assail them from various quarters.
— The Business Times

PSP’s Daniel Teo: S’pore cannot return to its exploitative model that excluded migrant workers from local eco-system
When the COVID-19 crisis is over, Singapore cannot return to this exploitative model that excluded migrant workers from its local eco-system, said Daniel Teo Weilong, who is a member of the Progress Singapore Party (PSP), as he stressed for equality for a better democracy.
— The Online Citizen

Covid-19 caused by a ‘smart’ virus that can find blind spots, crucial for system to be flexible to overcome challenges: Experts
While there have been encouraging signs that the circuit breaker period have been effective so far, the number of new cases has not fallen as quickly as expected.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

ComfortDelGro to waive taxi rental by another month in light of COVID-19 circuit breaker extension
Cabbies with ComfortDelGro will get another month of full taxi rental waivers, in line with the Government’s extension of the COVID-19 circuit breaker period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

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Artist of “Virus Vanguard” comes forward to apologise for the characters and steps down from his position at BOD
Since the reveal of the Singapore Government’s “Virus Vanguard”, the concept and the mascots received backlash from the public.
— The Online Citizen

Supreme Court warns of scammers posing as its officers via phone calls, phishing e-mails
Fraudsters trick people over the phone into giving their personal details by telling them their attendance is required at court hearings.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Half of Singapore finance leaders say their company falls short in sustainability reporting: Survey
Half of finance leaders in Singapore said their company falls short in reporting its triple bottom line of people, planet and profit.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SPH and AsiaOne launch new digital content to tide readers over extended circuit breaker period
Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) has launched a website that covers a wide variety of video content to keep people entertained during the circuit breaker period.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: SAF medical personnel deployed at Singapore Expo community isolation facility
About 100 medical personnel from the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) Medical Corps have begun their deployment at the community isolation facility at the Singapore Expo and MAX Atria.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Tenants in limbo as some coworking firms work out arrangements for rental rebates
The lack of information from some coworking space providers on rental rebates continues to frustrate small business owners, even as the Government implements measures designed to offer relief from some rent obligations amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Creator of maligned Virus Vanguard superheroes steps down from group he founded, addresses plagiarism claims
The creator of a fictional COVID-19 fighting superhero team has stepped down from the art collective he founded, following controversy over the short-lived group.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Motor, transport firms face bigger blow from extended circuit breaker period
The one-month extension to circuit breaker measures could have a devastating impact on the motor trade and transport sector, both of which are already reeling from a downward spiral in demand.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Citi Singapore to offer summer interns a full-time job after graduation
Citi Singapore will offer all summer interns full-time analyst roles when they graduate as long as they meet certain minimum requirements, the bank said on Wednesday (April 22).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Food Is Love’ Foundation by TiffinLabs pledges 30,000 meals for Singaporeans impacted by COVID-19
New foodtech company TiffinLabs is partnering with local charity Free Food For All, under the #SGUnited banner, to deliver 30,000 meals to Singaporeans affected by the economic impact of COVID-19.
— The Online Citizen

Changi Airport Group eyes cargo with passenger flights impacted by Covid-19
Changi Airport Group (CAG) is directing its focus towards air cargo, amid a significant reduction in passenger flights due to travel restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

4 charged with offences linked to masking up incidents, 2 others accused of offences including harassment
A man, who was allegedly caught on video verbally abusing a store supervisor with vulgarities and racist remarks, is accused of failing to wear a mask.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Food stall owner to NEA enforcement officer: “please dun be arrogant becos of the authority”
A food stall owner who had removed his mask to momentarily get some fresh air was allegedly reprimanded by an National Environment Agency (NEA) officer who told him to wear the masks which covers his nose and mouth at all times in the stall.
— The Online Citizen

COVID-19: Six youths fined after video of Lorong Halus Bridge gathering goes viral
Six youths who gathered on Lorong Halus Bridge have been fined for flouting safe distancing measures during the COVID-19 “circuit breaker” period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: Man accused of going out to socialise, threatening safe distancing officers and wearing mask wrongly
A man was charged on Wednesday (Apr 22) for a slew of COVID-19-related offences, including stepping out of the house to socialise, wearing a mask improperly and repeatedly threatening enforcement officers.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man charged with slapping, pushing and cursing at petrol station worker when asked to don mask
A man who allegedly slapped a service attendant at a petrol station after she advised him to wear a face mask was charged with three offences on Wednesday (Apr 22).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)



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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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