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Dec 30, 2020

Singapore reports 27 new COVID-19 cases, including SIA pilot who initially tested negative

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 27 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday (Dec 30), including one infection in the community.

The remaining cases were imported. Among them was a Singapore Airlines (SIA) pilot who had tested negative for COVID-19 upon returning to Singapore from the United Kingdom but later developed symptoms, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Dec 28, 2020

These are all countries that have already reported cases of the new, and more infectious coronavirus strain

Reports of a new and more contagious coronavirus strain have prompted panic in Europe and beyond.  

The new variant of the virus, which might be up to 70% more transmissible, was first detected in the UK in September but had since spread rapidly.

Dec 24, 2020

Singapore confirms 1 COVID-19 case carrying UK virus strain, 11 others ‘preliminarily positive’

SINGAPORE: Singapore has confirmed its first COVID-19 case carrying the potentially more contagious strain of the virus circulating in the United Kingdom, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Wednesday (Dec 23).

The case confirmed to be carrying the B117 strain is known as Case 58504. She is a 17-year-old female who had been studying in the UK since August.

Dec 22, 2020

Some travellers from New South Wales and United Kingdom not allowed to enter Singapore from Dec 24

SINGAPORE – Short-term travellers holding an air travel pass with travel history to New South Wales (NSW) in Australia within the last 14 days before departure for Singapore will not be allowed to enter the Republic from Thursday (Dec 24).

In addition, all long-term pass holders and short-term visitors with recent travel history to the United Kingdom within the last 14 days will not be allowed entry here, or to transit through Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Tuesday.

This will also apply to all those who had obtained prior approval for entry into Singapore, said the Health Ministry.

Dec 14, 2020

Phase 3 to begin on Dec. 28, groups of 8 will be allowed to congregate

In his speech, PM Lee thanked Singaporeans for complying with the various Covid-19 measures, and announced that Singapore will be entering Phase 3 in two weeks’ time, on Dec. 28, 2020.


Dec 12, 2020

Royal Caribbean passenger does not have Covid-19 after final test is negative: MOH

SINGAPORE – The 83-year-old passenger who tested positive earlier while aboard the Royal Caribbean’s Quantum of the Seas cruise ship tested negative on Thursday, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

The ministry gave this update as it also announced six new coronavirus cases on Thursday, all of which were imported and placed on stay-home notices on arrival in Singapore.

Thursday’s new cases take Singapore’s total to 58,297.

Dec 11, 2020

Marina Bay Sands theatre to reopen on Dec 18 with live concert featuring Benjamin Kheng, other local artistes

SINGAPORE: A two-night live concert featuring Sam Willows’ Benjamin Kheng and other Singaporean artistes will be held at the Sands Theatre at Marina Bay Sands (MBS) on Dec 18 and 19, with up to 500 people allowed to attend each night.

This is the first performance at the Sands Theatre since it was closed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The two-day pilot concert will also be Singapore’s largest live music event since the “circuit breaker”, said MBS in a press release.

Dec 8, 2020

Covid news – live: First patients to get jabs tomorrow as UK prepares for ‘biggest vaccination programme in its history

A coronavirus vaccine has arrived in UK hospitals to be used for the first time in the battle against the virus in the country – as health officials say many of the most vulnerable will not receive the immunisation until 2021.

But the first patients will get vaccinated tomorrow as rollout begins, with the UK health secretary saying “there is light at the end of the tunnel”.

Dec 4,2020

Singapore to contribute US$5 million to COVAX, to help less wealthy countries access COVID-19 vaccines

SINGAPORE: Singapore will contribute US$5 million (S$6.67 million) to help bring COVID-19 vaccines to people in low- and lower-middle-income countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a joint statement on Friday (Dec 4).

Nov 30,2020

Virus Updates: Fauci Warns of Post-Holiday Surge; Calif. Sees Record Number of Hospitalizations

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s leading infectious disease expert, warned that the travel-heavy Thanksgiving holiday could make the current surge in Covid-19 cases even worse as the country heads into December.

Nov 27,2020

AstraZeneca CEO expects to run new global trial of COVID-19 vaccine: Bloomberg

(Reuters) – AstraZeneca is likely to run an additional global trial to assess the efficacy of its COVID-19 vaccine using a lower dosage, its chief executive was quoted as saying on Thursday amid questions over the results of its late-stage study.

Nov 23,2020

The Hong Kong-Singapore Travel Bubble Has Burst

The two finance and transport centers hit pause on what would have been the world’s first quarantine-free bubble Saturday evening, citing a spike in Covid-19 cases in Hong Kong. After seeming to suppress the disease, the city witnessed a jump in infections last week, prompting new social curbs. Singapore says the travel lane will be reviewed in two weeks.

Nov 20,2020

The Latest: Hong Kong to close more schools to fight virus

“Hong Kong is due to launch an air travel bubble with Singapore on Sunday. Currently, the plan remains on track, although it could be suspended according to the agreement between Singapore and Hong Kong if the seven-day moving average for untraceable coronavirus infections exceeds five in either city.”

Nov 16,2020

Vaccine focus drives Asian stocks to record highs

“SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian equities hit a record high on Monday as investors set aside fears about rising coronavirus cases and bought stocks, cheered by data showing a robust recovery in China and Japan.”

Nov 16,2020

Vaccine focus drives Asian stocks to record highs

“SYDNEY (Reuters) – Asian equities hit a record high on Monday as investors set aside fears about rising coronavirus cases and bought stocks, cheered by data showing a robust recovery in China and Japan.”

Nov 13,2020

Singapore can forget about other air travel bubbles if it messes up its Covid-19 response, says tourism chief

SINGAPORE – Air travel bubbles rely on both sides having “full confidence” in each other, and Singapore needs to be in the right position before loosening measures further, said the chief executive of the country’s tourism board.

Nov 10,2020

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate shown to be 90% effective in early findings

In a major boost to vaccine development, Pfizer and its collaborator BioNTech released early study results Monday indicating that their vaccine, BNT162b2, prevented more than 90% of infections with the virus that causes COVID-19.

Nov 6,2020

U.S. Daily Cases Top 100,000; Japan Numbers Rise: Virus Update

(Bloomberg) — The U.S. became the first country to top 100,000 cases in one day, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University and Bloomberg. Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana were among states reporting record Covid-19 infections on Thursday.

Nov 2,2020

Coronavirus live news: South Korea to fine people without masks; global deaths pass 1.2m

A sad milestone has just been passed – as the world has officially recorded more than 1.2 million fatalities from Covid-19,

1,200,361 people have now died from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The US leads the death toll with 230,972 deaths, followed by Brazil (160,074) and India (122,607).

Oct 29,2020

COVID-19: Singapore to lift border restrictions for visitors from mainland China and Australia’s Victoria state from Nov 6

SINGAPORE: Singapore will lift its border restrictions for all visitors from mainland China and Australia’s Victoria state from next Friday (Nov 6).

This will take effect from midnight on Nov 6 and includes all travellers who are not Singapore citizens, permanent residents or long-term pass holders, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said on Thursday.

Oct 27,2020

South Korea continues flu vaccine after 48 deaths are deemed unconnected to the shot

South Korea will continue use of its flu vaccine, ruling that the 48 deaths that have occurred were due to unrelated causes.

Singapore temporarily ceased the use of two types of the vaccine as it continues to evaluate, Channel News Asia reported Sunday. That leaves two that are still being used, Reuters India reported.

Oct 23,2020

Singapore reports 10 new COVID-19 cases, all imported infections

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported 10 new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Friday (Oct 23), taking the national total to 57,951.

All of the new infections were imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notice upon their arrival in Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in its daily preliminary update.

Oct 15,2020

COVID-19: Singapore, Hong Kong reach in-principle agreement to establish bilateral air travel bubble

SINGAPORE: Singapore and Hong Kong have reached an in-principle agreement to establish a bilateral air travel bubble, which will exempt travellers from quarantines or stay-home notices.

Those travelling under the bubble will have no restrictions on their travel purpose and will not need to have a controlled itinerary, said the Transport Ministry (MOT) in a press release on Thursday (Oct 15).

Oct 12,2020

Singapore reports 28th COVID-19 death, 4 new infections

SINGAPORE: Singapore reported four new COVID-19 cases as of noon on Monday (Oct 12) and recorded one more death, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

This brings the total new infections in Singapore to 57,880, with the number of fatalities at 28.

Oct 08,2020

Singapore’s first phase 3 antibody trial ready to enrol Covid-19 patients

SINGAPORE – Hospitalised Covid-19 patients here will now have a new treatment option: to take part in Singapore’s first phase three monoclonal antibody trial.

The National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) said that it is ready to enrol its first patients as of Tuesday (Oct 6) – though none had been recruited as at Thursday afternoon – and aims to enrol a total of 100 local patients.

Oct 05,2020

Singapore in ‘stable position’ in COVID-19 fight but must remain vigilant, says DPM Heng

SINGAPORE: Singapore is in a “stable position” in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic but it must remain vigilant amid profound uncertainties, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said in Parliament on Monday (Oct 5).

These uncertainties include how effective other countries will be in containing the pandemic and reopening their economies, as well as when an effective and safe vaccine can be developed.

Oct 02,2020

10 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, lowest daily figure in 6 months

SINGAPORE – There were 10 new coronavirus cases confirmed as at Friday noon (Oct 2), taking Singapore’s total to 57,794.

This is the lowest daily new figure since March 12 which had nine cases.

Friday’s new cases included one community case, who is a work pass holder, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

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