Singapore morning news for May 4

Singapore morning news for May 4
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Singapore to start gradual easing of circuit breaker measures as COVID-19 community cases decline
Home-based food businesses, selected food retail outlets, hairdressers and pet supplies stores can open from May 12, while TCM halls can open from May 5.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Stay-home notice for construction sector extended till May 18
THE stay-home notice (SHN) period for work permit holders and S Pass holders in the construction industry has been extended from May 4 to May 18.
— The Business Times

657 new cases in Singapore; 18 fatalities now as 86-year-old woman dies
The Ministry of Health (MOH) confirmed 657 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore as of noon yesterday, 95 per cent of whom were migrant workers in dormitories.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Reflecting on society as Singapore embraces “circuit breaker” mode
Last week Singapore announced it was extending “circuit breaker” measures, severely restricting movement to stem the spread of Covid-19.
— Southeast Asia Globe

COVID-19: Priority testing for customer-facing staff as some sectors prepare to resume operations
Customer-facing staff will get priority testing for COVID-19 as some sectors prepare to resume with more stringent measures, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Sunday (May 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

More recovery facilities to be set up for migrant workers
THE Singapore government is setting up new facilities in dormitories hardest-hit by Covid-19 to house workers who have tested positive for the virus but have recovered or display only mild symptoms, the inter-agency task force in charge of foreign workers’ well-being said on Friday.
— The Business Times

More donations needed as Singapore sinks deeper into recession
MASSIVE job cuts are tipped to swell the ranks of the needy, requiring more charities to chip in to help build a multi-stakeholder front.
— The Business Times

All residents and staff at nursing homes to be tested for COVID-19, some employees to be housed on-site or at hotels
All residents and employees at nursing homes and other such facilities serving the elderly will be tested for COVID-19, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) and Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) in a joint news release on Saturday (May 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

JB-Singapore RTS Link project suspended for another 3 months until Jul 31 amid COVID-19 outbreak
The suspension of the Rapid Transit System (RTS) Link project has been extended by another three months until the end of July, Singapore’s Ministry of Transport (MOT) said on Saturday (May 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Common health declarations, checks needed before travel in ASEAN can resume: Chan Chun Sing
Countries in the Association of South-east Asian Nations (ASEAN) will need a common set of health declarations and checks before travel in the region can resume, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Sunday (May 3).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Consumer loans see record fall in March on virus fallout
CONSUMER loans registered its sharpest fall on record over a big shrinkage in unsecured personal loans in March, fresh data from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) showed on Thursday.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Attendance not compulsory for students allowed back to school in May
Precautions will be taken to keep students safe as they are allowed back to school, including institutes of higher learning (IHL), from May 19 but attendance is not compulsory.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Meal subsidies to continue for students from low-income families over May holidays
Meal subsidies for more than 47,000 primary pupils and secondary students from low-income families will continue over the month-long school break, which has been brought forward to Tuesday (May 5).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Drug being studied in Singapore gets US nod for emergency use
A drug for Covid-19 that is being studied in Singapore was approved for emergency use in severely ill patients in the United States on Friday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Will MOM continue to issue work pass to foreign PMETs amid more S’poreans out of job this year?
The recent figures released by the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) indicated that the number of foreign professionals, managers, executives and technicians (PMET) has slowly been creeping up since 2015 (‘Number of foreign PMETs in Singapore hits 400K; largest increase last year since 2015 GE’).
— The Online Citizen

More companies announce wage cuts, no-pay leave amid COVID-19 economic downturn
More businesses are announcing wage cuts or nudging employees to go on no-pay leave amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which has cast a dark cloud over many industries and the economy.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

DBS to bring credit cost estimates closer to past crisis levels; Q1 earnings down 29% to S$1.1b
DBS has guided for credit costs over the next two years to be “comparable” to past crises levels, and disclosed that its oil-and-gas portfolio makes up the largest chunk of its lending to industries made vulnerable by the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Business Times

PM Lee pledges help for firms, workers to adapt to new normal
Singapore faces a greater challenge than most others, given it is small and so open to the world, as the coronavirus pandemic fundamentally changes the way the global economy works.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

S’pore scientists develop quick test to detect neutralising antibodies
Local scientists have developed a test kit which can tell in a matter of hours if a person has antibodies that can neutralise the coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Wet market stalls go online to accommodate shoppers during circuit breaker
People have been urged to stay home to stay safe during the Covid-19 outbreak. And very soon staying at home will be made even easier, with plans to bring even the wet market shopping experience online.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore in touch with South America’s Mercosur bloc on free trade talks: MTI
Singapore said on Sunday (May 3) that it is in contact with South American bloc Mercosur after a member state pulled out of talks on new free trade agreements (FTAs) the group is negotiating beyond the region.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Companies should prepare for reopening; priority given to sectors vital to global supply chains: Chan Chun Sing
PRIORITY will be given to some businesses in sectors vital to global supply chains, including biopharma, petrochemicals and manufacturing, to progressively reinstate operations from May 12 provided that they implement precautions, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Sunday.
— The Business Times

Coronavirus: Working from home to be the norm for most even after circuit breaker ends, says Chan Chun Sing
Working from home will continue to be the norm for the majority even after the circuit breaker ends on June 1, Minister for Trade and Industry Chan Chun Sing said on Sunday (May 3).
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

100 days into Covid-19 in Singapore, DPM Heng Swee Keat on the lessons learnt so far
On Jan 23, 2020, Singapore saw its first patient with what was later to be known as the respiratory disease Covid-19, caused by a new coronavirus.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

800 SIA cabin crew deployed in Singapore’s fight against Covid-19 in alternative roles
Their flights may have been grounded but some 800 cabin crew from Singapore Airlines (SIA) are currently applying their professional skills to alternative roles, helping Singapore’s fight against the coronavirus outbreak.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Some students to be allowed to go back to school from May 19 under easing of circuit breaker
As part of the gradual easing of circuit breaker measures, schools will start to bring back students in small groups for face-to-face lessons from May 19, Minister for National Development Lawrence Wong said on Saturday (May 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

From buying cakes to getting a haircut – what you can or cannot do after the easing of some COVID-19 restrictions
After two weeks of tighter COVID-19 circuit breaker measures, Singapore will progressively ease some restrictions from May 5.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Commentary: Virtual solemnisation – weddings could return to basics, with opportunities and challenges
Here comes the bride … I’ll send a like. As Singapore works towards enabling remote solemnisation, sociologist Terence Heng discusses what is gained and lost in this transition.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Years of effort behind robust supply chains
Singapore’s efforts over the years in preparing for possible disruptions to its supply chains have allowed it to move quickly and activate new contingency options as others closed amid the coronavirus pandemic, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

NCID doctor finds himself in the middle of a coronavirus war
Thirty-three-year-old Dr Tay Woo Chiao started his stint at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) in January, expecting to deal with patients with known diseases such as HIV infection and dengue fever.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: No effort spared to push out timely and reliable updates, says Iswaran
No effort has been spared to give Singaporeans reliable and timely access to information involving Covid-19 across as many platforms as possible, Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singapore’s response to coronavirus: Pulling out all the stops to save lives, and the economy
The Covid-19 pandemic in Singapore has required a coordinated response from the Government to tackle the health, social and economic upheavals it has wrought.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Medical, tech investments pay off in Covid-19 war
The world is fighting a war against a virus and Singapore scientists are pulling their weight when it comes to building up an arsenal of knowledge that can be used to vanquish the enemy.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Residents of condominiums may exercise in common areas from May 5
Residents living in strata-titled residential properties such as condominiums will be able to exercise within the common areas of these private developments from May 5, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong said yesterday.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: Protecting Singaporeans’ livelihoods MOM’s top priority, says Josephine Teo
Fresh graduates facing a job market weakened by Covid-19 will be helped, Manpower Minister Josephine Teo said.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

PSP member expelled by party after circulating baseless claims about party members
A member of the Progress Singapore Party was expelled by the party yesterday night after it has been determined that a baseless and defamatory video was produced and circulated by the member.
— The Online Citizen

102-year-old woman recovers from COVID-19 in Singapore
Great news! A 102-year-old woman has recovered from COVID-19 in Singapore, becoming the oldest survivor on the island.
— Coconuts Singapore

Singapore, Japan agree to deepen bilateral cooperation to fight Covid-19 pandemic
THE Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) and Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry on Friday issued a joint statement agreeing to deepen bilateral economic cooperation to secure supply chains for essential goods and ensure that their economies stay resilient during the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Business Times

‘We can’t afford to make any mistake’: Inside a COVID-19 testing lab in Singapore
For three months, Tan Tock Seng Hospital has been running tests 24/7 in the face of several challenges, from trying to ramp up capacity to warding off staff burnout, all while having to keep standards high.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Jetstar Asia extends suspension of flights to May 31
Jetstar Asia will continue to suspend its flights until May 31, the budget airline said on Friday (May 1).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Bukit Timah condo ups security after man who broke COVID-19 rules to sleep at resident’s home tests positive
A Bukit Timah condominium has tightened security measures after a man who later tested positive for COVID-19 bypassed security checks to sleep over at a resident’s home during the circuit breaker period.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Amid pandemic, unemployment and small business bankruptcy curves need flattening
THIS May Day, it is imperative that we thank our essential services and frontline workers, and especially the migrant workers who come to Singapore to build our beautiful city.
— The Business Times

Deliveroo cuts staff, Grab pushing no-pay leave to slash costs
TECH firms Deliveroo and Grab are trimming costs by cutting staff and getting workers to go on no-pay leave, as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to batter their businesses.
— The Business Times

$27m support package to tide maritime sector over pandemic
The Singapore maritime industry will get $27 million in aid to tide it over the coronavirus outbreak, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) announced late on Wednesday night.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Coronavirus: No ‘golden week’ bonanza for Singapore travel agencies
With a ban on short-term visitors to Singapore still in force, local travel agencies say they are not expecting any business during the golden week holiday, which starts today and is especially popular with East Asian travellers.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

More need to use contact tracing app for it to be effective
About 1.1 million people – or one-fifth of Singapore’s population – have downloaded the contact tracing app, TraceTogether.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

SPH confirms closure of Malaysian magazine unit Blu Inc
Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) confirmed on Sunday (May 3) that its Malaysian magazine subsidiary, Blu Inc Holdings Malaysia (BIHM) Group, ceased operations from April 30.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Singaporean crowned champion in eRacing Grand Priz tournament
Singaporean e-racer Ar Muhammad Aleef Mohamed Rafik has been crowned the GT3 champion in the eRacing Grand Prix Southeast Asia tournament.
— The Online Citizen

Workers’ Party Low Thia Khiang in ICU, following a fall at home
Aljunied GRC MP and former Workers’ Party Secretary-General Mr Low Thia Khiang suffered a head injury from a fall at home on 30 April 2020.
— The Online Citizen

COVID-19: Guarding against burnout, compassion fatigue and trauma in frontline healthcare workers
As the number of cases continues to rise, Tan Tock Seng Hospital’s psychiatrists, psychologists and medical social workers are ensuring its healthcare workforce remains resilient – for the long haul.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Singapore coronavirus patient’s heart stopped beating for 16 minutes
For 42 days, Mr Toh Kai Kiat’s family endured a roller-coaster ride of emotions.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

A dinner where death lurked: Couple who became part of Safra Jurong Covid-19 cluster landed in hospital, and survived
It was a boisterous and lively Chinese New Year dinner that dragged on for five hours, with guests shuttling between tables to chit-chat and pose for wefies with one another, recalls case 130 of a celebration he and his wife attended at Safra Jurong on Feb 15.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

COVID-19: Action to be taken against man who posted ‘nasty’ tweets insulting Indians, says Shanmugam
Action will be taken against a man who used the pseudonym Sharon Liew to “deliberately stoke anger and racial tensions with “nasty posts … insulting Indians”, Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam said on Saturday (May 2).
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

‘We learned to smile with our eyes’: Doctors volunteer to care for migrant workers at dormitories hit by COVID-19
Gowns, gloves, goggles, masks and shields – they’re girded for battle against an invisible coronavirus that can slip through the slightest gap in their defences.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

From jumping off a plane to leading 1,000 cadets: RSAF officer among top US Air Force Academy graduates
In all her life, Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) Lieutenant (LTA) Christabel Chai, 24, had never jumped out of a plane.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

4 men accused of stealing up to S$11,000 of copper cables from vacant JC buildings
Four men were taken to court in the past week for stealing copper cables or electrical wires from vacant school compounds between January and April this year.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)



Feature photo NParks
This week’s Singapore morning news feature photo focuses on World Migratory Bird Day(Eurasian whimbrel), May 9.


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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