Singapore morning news for March 23

Singapore morning news for March 23

Singapore morning news

No entry or transit through Singapore for all short-term visitors amid heightened risk of imported COVID-19 cases: MOH
Singapore will not allow short-term visitors to enter or transit through the country in view of the heightened risk of importation of COVID-19 cases, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Sunday (Mar 22).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

S’pore sees first two Covid-19 deaths
Two Covid-19 patients died at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) yesterday morning due to complications, the first deaths Singapore has seen from the coronavirus that has taken over 10,000 lives globally.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Food insecurity: left starving in a foodie paradise (video)
Unsightly issues such as food insecurity and hunger have been left in shadows of Singapore’s strictly regulated and orderly social structure.
— AEC News Today

More than 4,000 dengue cases in Singapore since start of 2020 as virus strain re-emerges
More than 4,000 dengue cases have been reported since the start of 2020 – about twice the number of cases seen within the same period a year ago.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

23 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, including 18 imported infections
Singapore on Sunday (Mar 22) confirmed 23 new cases of COVID-19, of which 18 are imported.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Singapore residents who travel overseas may face consequences as Govt ramps up border controls
In addition, work pass holders who leave Singapore at this time may face the consequence of not being allowed entry later.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: MOH tells doctors to stop or defer taking in new foreign patients
All doctors in public and private hospitals, as well as private specialist clinics, have been advised by the Ministry of Health (MOH) to immediately stop or defer accepting new foreign patients who do not reside in Singapore.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

All events, gatherings with 250 participants or more must be suspended to reduce further COVID-19 spread: MOH
All events and gatherings with 250 or more participants attending at any one time must be suspended to reduce the risk of further local transmission of COVID-19, the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced on Friday (Mar 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

130 S’poreans return from M’sia with assistance of Consulate-General in Johor Bahru
This includes arranging for dedicated transport to help ferry the elderly and those with mobility issues.
— Mothership

Education Minister Ong Ye Kung explains why schools are not closed in 675-word Facebook post
The March school holiday comes to an end on Mar. 23, after a one-week break.
— Mothership

Strict guidelines to be followed for cremation or burial of victims
The bodies of those infected with the coronavirus will be prepared for cremation or burial by healthcare workers in hospitals as part of a set of guidelines issued by the National Environment Agency (NEA).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SIA looking to store some planes as travel demand evaporates
SINGAPORE Airlines (SIA) is studying storing some of its planes – such as its double-decker Airbus A380s – as it cuts capacity from its network amid a dearth of travel demand, The Business Times understands.
— The Business Times

PM Lee explains to Australian newspaper why S’poreans cooperative with their govt this Covid-19 outbreak
Social capital and trust has to be build on during the crisis, he added.
— Mothership

S’pore landmarks turn blue to mark World Water Day
From Gardens by the Bay to the Helix Bridge to the Esplanade, 39 local landmarks were lit up in blue to mark World Water Day yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Demand for gold surges in Singapore; India discounts narrow sharply on price fall
Physical demand for gold jumped this week in Singapore as buyers took advantage of a recent slide in prices after investors dumped the metal to raise cash, while discounts in India narrowed despite closures due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Eight Singaporeans evacuated from Iran on flight arranged by Malaysia
Eight Singaporeans were evacuated from Tehran on a flight arranged by Malaysia, said Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) on Sunday (Mar 22).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘We’ll stay here for you, please stay home for us’: TTSH nurses have a message for S’poreans
Frontline medical workers are one of the groups working the hardest during the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Mothership

‘Small areas’ of 19 mosques to be opened for afternoon prayers from Mar 23-26, ahead of full reopening
Even as mosques here remain closed to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, some will have small spaces opened for prayer in the afternoons to cater to congregants who need them.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore businesses seek larger second stimulus package urgently as global economy worsens
Businesses here are hoping for more support from the Government in the form of a larger second stimulus package as the global economy worsens amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: 89 work passes revoked for flouting rules
The Ministry of Manpower (MOM) has revoked a total of 89 work passes as of yesterday for those who breached entry approval or stay-home notice requirements.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Social distancing starts – from malls to supermarkets
But not all businesses are adhering to the mandatory guidelines, while the measures worry some retailers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Prison service to trial real-time tracking system
The Singapore Prison Service (SPS) is looking to use Bluetooth trackers to monitor the real-time movements of visitors and external vehicles entering Changi Prison Complex.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: More than 21,200 stay-home notices issued, ICA to increase manpower
More than 21,200 stay-home notices have been issued as of Thursday (Mar 19), and immigration authorities plan to increase manpower as the restriction is expanded to apply to all travellers entering Singapore from Saturday.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Further fall in job vacancies expected amid COVID-19 outbreak: Josephine Teo
Job vacancies in Singapore are expected to fall further this year given the uncertainties in 2020, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo on Friday (Mar 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘There is no lockdown’: Lawrence Wong debunks WhatsApp rumour about COVID-19
Messages circulating online that Singapore will be locked down this weekend over the COVID-19 outbreak are untrue, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said on Friday (Mar 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More cancel flight plans as countries restrict travel to stop COVID-19
As more countries implement travel restrictions aimed at stopping the spread of COVID-19, more travellers find themselves having to cancel their flight plans.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘I’m isolating myself as if I have the virus’: Students returning from overseas taking stay-home notice seriously
After a 21-hour journey that included a layover in Paris, graduate student Lim Ying Xuan arrived at a relatively empty Changi Airport on Friday (March 20) where he quickly collected his luggage and headed straight to a relative’s vacant flat, where he would be spending the next two weeks alone.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Chan Chun Sing ‘heartened’ to see businesses complying with safe distancing measures
Chan also implored the public to cooperate with staff at the stores they patronise.
— Mothership

WP chief Pritam Singh: S’poreans can be united despite safe distancing & asking hard questions freely
It’s Covid-19 infections season, and Singapore general election is threatening to appear around the corner, and that means the opposition Workers’ Party members of parliament are still out and about to meet with residents.
— Mothership

Local space technopreneur unsure how he caught virus
When Singaporean Simon Gwozdz attended a conference in London earlier this month, he did not expect to bring home more than just business cards.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Steady stream of Singaporeans making their way back home
Freelance tour guide C.H. Chow knew he had to take his charges back to Singapore as soon as he discovered that Finland, where he was just two days ago, would be shutting its borders.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Oldest practising lawyer in Singapore dies, aged 88
Singapore’s oldest practising lawyer died early on Friday morning, aged 88.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Airline crew exempt from stay-home notices if precautions taken
Pilots and cabin crew from both local and foreign airlines will not be issued with stay-home notices (SHNs) after entering Singapore in the course of their work, provided various precautions, such as not leaving their hotels, are taken.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Leaders urge Singaporeans to heed social distancing rules
Singaporeans can do a lot more to keep themselves and their families safe, national leaders said yesterday, as the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced the first two deaths here from Covid-19.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Help for those under quarantine to get their groceries
Food supplies were running low for Mr A, 64, his wife, 58, and their one-year-old grandchild who lived with them.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Maids advised to spend rest day at home: MOM
Foreign domestic workers (FDWs) are advised to spend their rest day at home during this period of the coronavirus outbreak, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said yesterday. If they still go out on their rest day, they should practise social distancing, the ministry added.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Care packs and ‘appreciation zones’ for front-line workers
Around 500 airport front-line staff, such as concierges and airline ticketing staff, yesterday received care packs containing food items and hand sanitiser among other things.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Measures for safe distancing rolled out at retail, F&B sectors to prevent COVID-19 spread
Retailers and food and beverage (F&B) outlets should ensure there is enough space in between customers lining up in queues, encourage them to use self-checkouts and limit the number of shoppers within stores.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Wakes allowed, measures to handle COVID-19 bodies in place: NEA
Wakes for COVID-19 victims will be permitted as long as there is no contact with the body, the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Saturday (Mar 21).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore launches TraceTogether mobile app to boost COVID-19 contact tracing efforts
A new mobile application called TraceTogether was launched on Friday (Mar 20) to support ongoing contact tracing efforts amid the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More major events in Singapore to be delayed as social distancing kicks in
SOME flagship industry showcases that regularly put Singapore on the world map will have to be delayed this year, as the Covid-19 pandemic puts the kibosh on large gatherings.
— The Business Times

COVID-19: Activities for seniors suspended for another 14 days as part of stricter safe distancing measures
Activities for seniors by public agencies will be suspended for another 14 days to safeguard their well-being amid the COVID-19 situation in Singapore, the Ministry of Health said on Friday (Mar 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Plans in place to increase Singapore’s capacity for COVID-19 patients if needed: Gan Kim Yong
Contingency plans have been put in place to increase Singapore’s healthcare system’s capacity to care for COVID-19 coronavirus patients, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Friday (Mar 20) as the country recorded 40 new cases.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore, New Zealand committed to maintaining open supply chains amid COVID-19 situation
Singapore and New Zealand are committed to “maintaining open and connected supply chains” as part of collective efforts to combat COVID-19, said both countries in a joint ministerial statement on Friday (Mar 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore Flyer reopens after suspension with shorter operating hours due to COVID-19 situation
The Singapore Flyer has resumed operations after a four-month-long suspension following a technical issue involving one of its spoke cables.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MAS announces US$60 billion swap facility with US Fed over coronavirus impact
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced on Thursday (Mar 19) the establishment of a US$60 billion swap facility with the US Federal Reserve, as the global economy comes under strain from the coronavirus outbreak.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Methodist churches in Singapore suspend services to ‘break the chain’ of COVID-19 infection
The Methodist Church in Singapore will suspend services for an initial period of two weeks to help break the chain of COVID-19 infection, said Bishop Chong Chin Chung on Friday (Mar 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

MOM penalises 5 firms for age-related discriminatory hiring
FIVE employers in Singapore have been barred from hiring foreigners renewing the work passes of existing foreign employees for a year with immediate effect.
— The Business Times

Companies urged to impose leave of absence for staff who travelled during March holidays: MOM
Companies are encouraged to impose a leave of absence for employees who travelled during the March school holidays, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Friday (Mar 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

They have the skills and qualifications. So why can’t these disabled people find good jobs?
Former construction company owner Chen Chee Min suffered a stroke in October 2010 which left him paralysed on his left side.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

HDB home buyers don’t want public rental blocks in vicinity: Study
Price and location are top of the list when potential home owners decide to buy Housing Board flats.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NUS team creates supermaterial out of old tyres in global first
National University of Singapore (NUS) scientists have found a way to give old car tyres a new lease of life – by turning them into aerogels.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Instahomes in SG
While Singaporeans were rushing to buy necessities for fear that supplies would dry up once Malaysia closed its borders, Mr Raj Joshua Thomas hurried to furniture store Ikea to stockpile bed frames and mattresses.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Spotted: Bukit Timah’s abandoned mountain bikes
Since January, The Sunday Times has spotted more than 20 bicycles along a 5km stretch of forest from Mandai to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Progress Singapore Party expels member behind offensive post on NUS Atheist Society Facebook page
The Progress Singapore Party (PSP) said on Saturday (Mar 21) it had expelled a party member who wrote an insensitive and offensive post on the NUS Atheist Society Facebook page.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Public sector adopts telecommuting, split shifts as part of COVID-19 safe distancing measures
Singapore’s public service agencies will intensify its safe distancing practices, said the Public Service Division (PSD) on Saturday (Mar 21), following the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force’s implementation of stricter measures to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore’s e-commerce is getting stronger thanks to highest per capita income in the region: iPrice report
Singapore is the hub of the e-commerce sector in Southeast Asia, given its strategic position and economic status. From Singapore-headquartered firms like Lazada and Sea Group-owned Shopee to homegrown ones like Qoo100 and newcomer, it seems like there’s a seat for everybody on the table.
— e27

Virus outbreak: Singapore International Water Week, Asia Infrastructure Forum and Temasek’s Ecosperity postponed
THE Singapore International Water Week (SIWW), a biennial showcase that has put Singapore on the world stage since 2008, on Friday became the latest casualty of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Business Times

‘One of us needs to be at home’: Parents prepared to take leave or work from home to care for children on leave of absence
Parents who have recently returned from a family holiday overseas said they will take leave or work from home to care for their children.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Police & POFMA reports filed over misleading Facebook posts on couple with smashed eggs
The photos were met with vitriol and scathing comments by netizens.
— Mothership

71-year-old female pedestrian dies in accident in Holland Drive carpark
A 60-year-old man has been arrested in connection with an accident in which a 71-year-old woman was killed.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Phua Chu Kang makes 2nd comeback in official Covid-19 rap music video
One of Phua Chu Kang’s most memorable moments was his appearance in the “SAR-vivor Rap” music video.
— Mothership

Graduating from the Officer Cadet School at 24, she fulfils childhood dream of joining the S’pore Armed Forces
Stories of Us: It has always been her dream to serve the country and she would do whatever it takes — even if it meant extending the course by seven months.
— Mothership

Man dies after accident with oil tanker along Nicoll Drive
A 21-year-old man has died after a road traffic accident along Nicoll Drive on Saturday (Mar 21)
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Widow’s son appeals against court decision not to order probe of lawyer
The son of an elderly widow with a $200 million fortune is appealing against a court decision not to order an investigation into a lawyer’s conduct in transactions involving his mother.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Needed: A shot of vitamin M(oney) in food & beverage sector
At Summer Hill, a two-year-old casual French restaurant in Sunset Way, business has held steady despite the chaos created by the coronavirus pandemic.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Jail for man who ‘viciously’ assaulted then-wife in front of their crying kids, fracturing her face
A man who viciously assaulted his then-wife in front of their crying children after learning that she wanted to leave him was sentenced to a year’s jail on Friday (Mar 20).
— Channel NewsAsia (very 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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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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