Singapore morning news for April 3

Singapore morning news for April 3
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Singapore reports 4th death from COVID-19, a 68-year-old Indonesian national
Singapore on Thursday (Apr 2) reported its fourth death related to COVID-19, a 68-year-old Indonesian national.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Proposed law to ensure landlords pass on property tax rebates in full to tenants
The Government will introduce new legislation at the next sitting of Parliament on April 6 to ensure that landlords pass on property tax rebates in full to their tenants.
— Straits Times

49 new coronavirus cases in S’pore; 3 new clusters at Mustafa Centre, Maxwell station worksite and Keppel Shipyard
41 are local cases and eight are imported. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 1,049.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: 129 stop-work orders issued to workplaces that did not follow safe distancing measures, says MOM
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has issued 129 stop-work orders to workplaces that were found to neglect safe distancing measures.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Man who spat on floor in hotel and shouted, ‘Corona, corona’, jailed
This is the first conviction of its kind related to the current coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19 can spread 1 to 3 days before symptoms appear, CDC report on Singapore cases shows
People infected with the novel coronavirus can transmit the infection one-to-three days before symptoms start to appear, according to a study published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Nearly half of firms in Singapore plan to cut hirings, but hardly any lay-offs reported: poll
WHILE jobs so far are not a big casualty of the Coronavirus pandemic, with hardly any lay-offs reported, close to half of the employers polled in a survey in the first half of March planned to reduce spending on hirings this year.
— The Business Times

Dormitory operators required to adopt additional measures to minimise risk of COVID-19 transmission: MOM
Operators of workers’ dormitories have been required to adopt additional measures to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission since Wednesday (Apr 1), said the Ministry of Manpower (MOM).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Businessman seeking pets fined $6,600 over illegal import of endangered poison dart frogs
A total of 18 poison dart frogs were found in a car with four other live animals, including a sugar glider and an Argentine tegu, a type of lizard.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore and China reaffirm commitment to ensure free flow of goods, especially medical supplies
Singapore and China have reaffirmed their commitment to maintain supply chain connectivity between both countries, ensuring the free flow of goods – especially medical supplies – during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Nursing homes adjust to ban on visitors
While the barring of visits can be distressing to both residents and their families, nursing home operators insist that the measures are in the best interests of all parties.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Jail, fines for employers who do not allow employees to work from home where possible
Employers who do not make facilities available for members of staff to work from home where reasonable could be jailed or fined, under changes to the Infectious Diseases Act.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Food handlers may soon have to wear spit guards or masks
People who prepare or serve food may soon have to wear spit guards or masks when handling food to prevent contamination and stem the spread of the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Bus driver tests positive for COVID-19, vehicles and premises ‘thoroughly cleaned and disinfected’: SMRT
An SMRT bus driver has been hospitalised after testing positive for COVID-19, the transport operator said on Thursday (Apr 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

COVID-19: NEA to conduct crowd management trial at Serangoon Garden market, delays expected
There may be queues and delays at Serangoon Garden Market this weekend during the morning peak hour, as the National Environment Agency (NEA) starts a trial to study how crowd management can be conducted in a market setting.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘Self-disinfecting coating’ applied to HDB lift buttons
A spray, described as a self-disinfecting coating, has been applied to buttons in HDB lifts in Singapore, as a safeguard against viruses, bacteria and fungi.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Dogs in viral messages about breeding facility were not abandoned, owner is ‘winding down’ business: AVS
The dogs at breeding facility The Animal Lodge have not been abandoned, said the Animal and Veterinary Service (AVS) on Thursday (Apr 2), after messages circulating on WhatsApp claimed that 120 dogs were found at an abandoned dog farm.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Central banks’ rate cuts cascade down to Singapore banks’ key deposit accounts
SINGAPORE banks this week slashed several rates on their flagship deposit accounts, reflecting the weaker rate environment globally.
— The Business Times

New Presiding Judge appointed at State Courts
After a six-year term as the Presiding Judge of the State Courts, Justice See Kee Oon relinquished his position on Wednesday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore police arrests man, 41, for suspected underwear theft, finds 2,500 pieces of underwear in his possession
A 41-year-old man has been arrested for suspected underwear, which led to a haul of several thousand pieces of underwear found in his possession.
— Mothership

Coronavirus: New study finds at least 10 patients in Singapore caught virus from those without symptoms
At least 10 people in Singapore got the coronavirus from those without symptoms, according to a new study of such patients in the country.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NTUC FairPrice outlet hit by COVID-19 case dispels rumour about affected worker
NTUC FairPrice Finest at Bedok Mall announced a three-day closure on Wednesday (Apr 1) after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

RedMart suspends new orders, will resume on Apr 4 with new measures to meet surge in demand due to COVID-19 concerns
Online grocer RedMart will be suspending new orders for two days to tweak its product offerings and update its system, amid a surge in orders due to COVID-19 concerns.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

102-year-old woman among those infected with COVID-19 at Lee Ah Mooi nursing home
On Tuesday (Mar 31), an 86-year-old woman residing at the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home in Thomson Lane tested positive for COVID-19 – the first case found in a nursing home in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Bukit Merah HDB branch closes temporarily after second employee tests positive for COVID-19
The Housing and Development Board’s (HDB) Bukit Merah branch will be closed from Thursday (Apr 2) “until further notice” after a second branch employee tested positive for COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Deeper pay cuts for SIA Engineering management to mitigate Covid-19 impact
The management of SIA Engineering Company (SIAEC) are taking deeper pay cuts than previously announced, while its directors have also volunteered a larger reduction in fees as the global coronavirus pandemic continues to ground flights.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Palm View Primary School student tests positive for COVID-19, home-based learning extended
Palm View Primary School in Sengkang has extended home-based learning by an extra day to Thursday (Apr 2), after a student tested positive for COVID-19.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More people shortening funerals and wakes amid Covid-19
Funeral directors said some do without a wake altogether, opting for a direct cremation instead.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Double the usual GST Vouchers for 940,000 HDB households
This month, the households will enjoy a Utilities-Save rebate of up to $300, depending on the type of their HDB flat.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Law firms see rise in queries on employee rights, employer obligations as economy slows
Some law firms are seeing a surge in queries on employee rights and employer obligations as the economy takes a hit from the COVID-19 outbreak, with the Government issuing guidelines on retrenchments and cost-cutting.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Great Eastern, Prudential offer 6-month grace period for insurance premium payments
Life insurers including Great Eastern and Prudential are offering a six-month grace period for premium payments to Singapore customers whose incomes have been affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

‘Singaporean or Malaysian, they’re people’: How shelter volunteers rallied to help workers sleeping rough
Barely opened and ready, Transit Point @ Margaret Drive stepped up – with the help of hundreds of volunteers – to shelter those left out in the cold after Malaysia’s COVID-19 lockdown measures
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: FairPrice to reopen Bedok Mall store on April 4 after Covid-19 case, debunks rumours about affected worker
The NTUC FairPrice store in Bedok Mall where an employee was diagnosed with Covid-19 will only reopen on Saturday (April 4), after it has been thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

My First Skool in Fernvale ramps up disinfection after parent of 2 pre-schoolers contracts COVID-19
A parent of two pre-schoolers at the My First Skool campus in Fernvale Link has tested positive for COVID-19, prompting the school to ramp up cleaning and disinfection.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

TNB Aura’s special fund to invest US$2M each in COVID-19-affected startups in SEA
Singapore-headquartered VC firm TNB Aura announced today the launch of a new Special Situations Fund, which intends to invest US$2 million each in tech startups impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— e27

Mirror weighing over 100kg in Jewel Changi store fell and killed baby girl when boy stepped out from behind
Two six-year old boys were playing near a free-standing mirror inside a boutique at Jewel Changi Airport when one of them stepped out from behind it.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Repeat offender who kept sex roster for 4 underage girls gets 10 years’ corrective training, caning
A repeat sex offender who held weekly meetings with four underage girls and set up a roster for sex acts with them was sentenced on Thursday (Apr 2) to 10 years’ corrective training and eight strokes of the cane.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Woman on trial for abusing maid; asked her to shower in front of her, assaulted her privates
Thinking that her newly hired maid was smelly, a woman allegedly forced the 18-year-old woman to strip and shower in front of her.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)



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This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on COVID-19 in Asean.


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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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