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16.06.2020

Sept 18,2020

11 new coronavirus cases in Singapore, lowest daily figure since March 12

SINGAPORE – There were 11 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Friday noon (Sept 18), taking Singapore’s total to 57,543.

This is the lowest daily figure in about six months since March 12, when there were nine cases.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/11-new-coronavirus-cases-in-singapore-with-1-imported-and-1-in-community

 

Sept 14,2020

Commentary: Will COVID-19 dim Singapore’s love affair with cars?

Indeed, as Singapore emerged from the circuit breaker and moved into Phase 2 of a “new normal”, car usage started to increase again, prompting the reintroduction of the ERP at specific gantries from Jul 27 to manage congestion.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/commentary/covid-car-use-ownership-coe-erp-traffic-mrt-bus-bike-transport-13102310

Sept 8,2020

S’pore to allow bigger Mice events with up to 250 people

Bigger exhibitions and conferences with up to 250 participants are set to return to Singapore, as the Republic seeks to revive this once-buoyant sector.

Organisers will be able to apply to pilot such meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (Mice) events from Oct 1.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/spore-to-allow-bigger-mice-events-with-up-to-250-people

Sept 7,2020

Singapore reports fewest daily COVID-19 cases in nearly six months

SINGAPORE (Reuters) – Singapore’s health ministry reported 22 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, the city-state’s lowest daily count since mid-March.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-singapore-idUSKBN25Y0Q6

Sept 4,2020

Singapore retail sales fall 8.5% in July as COVID-19 continues to plague sector

SINGAPORE: Retail sales in Singapore fell 8.5 per cent year-on-year in July as the COVID-19 pandemic continued to plague the sector.

This is an improvement from the 27.7 per cent plunge in June, said the Department of Statistics (SingStat) on Friday (Sep 4).

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/covid-19-singapore-retail-sales-july-13081858

Aug 31,2020

Suntec S’pore retrenchments: Public questions the term ‘local’ once more

Out of the 85 employees, 60 are local staff and 25 non-local. The company currently has 178 employees, 149 of whom are locals, noted the media release reported by channelnewsasia.com.

https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/singapore/suntec-s-pore-retrenchments-public-questions-the-term-local-once-more/ar-BB18xevA

Aug 27,2020

Work stopped at 13 construction sites because of fresh Covid-19 cases in dormitory

Some workers from Singapore’s biggest foreign worker dormitory, Sungei Tengah Lodge, had tested positive for Covid-19 and had been working in these construction sites.

A total of 20 construction projects had been issued a safety time-out notice on Sunday (Aug 23), among which were the 13 construction sites.

https://www.msn.com/en-sg/news/singapore/work-stopped-at-13-construction-sites-because-of-fresh-covid-19-cases-in-dormitory/ar-BB18pe4r

Aug 21,2020
Singapore researchers discover new Covid-19 variant which causes milder infections

SINGAPORE – Researchers in Singapore have discovered a new variant of Covid-19 that causes less severe infections, according to a new study in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet.

This could provide new avenues for vaccine and therapeutic development, experts say.

The latest reported variant of the Sar-Cov-2 virus which causes Covid-19 emerged in Wuhan, China early in the pandemic and was exported to Singapore and Taiwan, according to the study by researchers in various institutions, including the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) and the Duke-NUS Medical School.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/singapore-researchers-discover-new-covid-19-variant-which-causes-milder-infections

Aug 15,2020
83 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore including 4 imported; no community cases

SINGAPORE – There were 83 new coronavirus cases confirmed as of Friday noon (Aug 14), taking Singapore’s total to 55,580.

There were no cases reported in the community, for the first time since June 1.

There were also four imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notices upon arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/83-new-covid-19-cases-in-singapore-including-4-imported

Aug 3,2020

COVID-19: Travellers who serve stay-home notice outside of facilities after entering Singapore must wear electronic device

SINGAPORE: Starting next Tuesday (Aug 11), travellers entering Singapore who are serving their stay-home notice outside of dedicated facilities will have to wear an electronic monitoring device throughout the 14 days. 

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/electronic-device-travellers-enter-singapore-stay-home-notice-12985052

July 30,2020

US records a COVID-19 death every minute as total surpasses 150,000

The United States recorded 1,456 new deaths on Wednesday, the highest one-day increase since 1,484 on May 27, according to a Reuters tally.

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/us-one-covid-19-death-every-minute-12975208

July 20,2020

Global shares mixed as investors eye EU meeting on pandemic

Global shares were mixed in directionless trading Monday as the number of coronavirus cases soared in the U.S. and investors cautiously eyed the summit of European leaders discussing the pandemic crisis.

https://www.msn.com/en-sg/money/other/global-shares-mixed-as-investors-eye-eu-meeting-on-pandemic/ar-BB16X0A1

July 17,2020

Southeast Asia’s markets have lagged as countries struggle with coronavirus management

“The key reason is probably down to (Covid-19),” Daryl Liew, chief investment officer at REYL Singapore, told CNBC.

Liew said Southeast Asia has been a “laggard” in the region as the coronavirus situation in most of the countries is “still not really under control.”

#stockmarket #covid19impacts #stayathomesavelives

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/07/17/southeast-asias-markets-lag-as-countries-struggle-with-coronavirus.html

July 15,2020

First COVID-19 vaccine tested in U.S. poised for final testing

The experimental vaccine, developed by Fauci’s colleagues at the National Institutes of Health and Moderna Inc., will start its most important step around July 27: A 30,000-person study to prove if the shots really are strong enough to protect against the coronavirus.

But Tuesday, researchers reported anxiously awaited findings from the first 45 volunteers who rolled up their sleeves back in March. Sure enough, the vaccine provided a hoped-for immune boost.

https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/07/14/first-covid-19-vaccine-tested-in-us-poised-for-final-testing/24560982/

July 13,2020

NUS researchers develop 3 new COVID-19 swabs to address shortage

Researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed three COVID-19 swabs to meet a surge in demand, both globally and in Singapore. 

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-swab-test-designs-nus-researchers-singapore-12927544

 

July 9,2020

Coronavirus herd immunity may be ‘unachievable’ after study suggests antibodies disappear after weeks in some people

The study also found that 14% of people who had tested positive for coronavirus antibodies in the first round of testing no longer tested positive in subsequent tests carried out weeks later.

https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-antibodies-study-herd-immunity-unachievable-spain-2020-7?fbclid=IwAR1BFzTE5B78IVQFSkxss1PudJIMgWvMUXrmwBsuWFesb3j1tDslwPT2sDs

July 7,2020

Singapore Doesn’t See Second Coronavirus Wave at This Point

“The increased number of cases we’re seeing in the community reflects that increased social interactivity, leading to more transmission occurring, but that’s not necessarily a second wave,” Mak said. “We don’t see this as a second wave at this point in time.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-07-07/singapore-doesn-t-see-second-coronavirus-wave-at-this-point

 

July 3,2020

Singapore is on track to face its worst dengue outbreak in history

(CNN)Singapore has just begun to get its second wave of coronavirus under control. Now, it’s on track to face its worst-ever outbreak of another viral infection: dengue.

https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/03/asia/singapore-dengue-intl-hnk/index.html

 

July 2 ,2020

3 out of 4 imported Covid-19 cases were Singaporeans and PR returning from Pakistan

SINGAPORE – Three of the four imported Covid-19 cases on Wednesday (July 1) are two Singaporeans and a permanent resident who returned from Pakistan, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

They were placed on stay-home notice (SHN) upon arrival in Singapore on June 19 and 20, and ferried in separate dedicated transport to SHN facilities to commence their 14-day isolation. They are asymptomatic and had been tested while serving their SHN.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/3-out-of-4-imported-covid-19-cases-were-singaporeans-and-pr-returning-from-pakistan

 

June 26 ,2020

14 men charged for breaching COVID-19 safe distancing measures

“The authorities will not hesitate to take action against anyone who does not comply with safe distancing measures or show blatant disregard for our laws,” said the police in a press release.

“Let us all do our part to curb the spread of COVID-19.”

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-14-charged-breaching-safe-distancing-measures-12873146

 

June 23 ,2020

Singapore’s Lee Calls Election for New Mandate to Fight Pandemic

“We need a capable government, with the strong backing of the people, to do all that needs to be done on your behalf, and see us through these tumultuous times,” Lee said. “An election now — when things are relatively stable — will clear the decks, and give the new government a fresh five-year mandate.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-06-23/singapore-calls-for-general-elections-amid-pandemic

 

June 18 ,2020

DSO team in S’pore finds 5 antibodies that can combat virus

Five antibodies which could potentially neutralise the virus that causes Covid-19 have been discovered by scientists at DSO National Laboratories, Singapore’s national defence research and development organisation.

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/dso-team-in-spore-finds-5-antibodies-that-can-combat-virus

 

June 15 ,2020

A Little late for Q2 but lets start with some good news.

 

COVID-19: Phase 2 of reopening to start from Jun 19, social gatherings of up to five people allowed

Retail outlets can open, dining in at F&B outlets will be permitted, and tuition and other private enrichment classes can resume with some exceptions.

 

 

https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-phase-2-of-reopening-to-start-from-jun-19-social-12835758?cid=FBcna&fbclid=IwAR2kL-QPVJlk7XrURC8pme4gKiKs2-x4W1_18-O3HV80kYnAHoR-15fXffQ

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