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Coronavirus: No hospitalisation coverage for those who disregard Singapore’s travel advisories

Residents and long-term pass holders who leave Singapore and disregard travel advisories will not be able to claim under MediShield Life or Integrated Shield Plans (IPs) if they are admitted for suspected Covid-19.

COVID-19: Social gatherings of any size in both private and public spaces prohibited under new Bill
As Singapore battles the COVID-19 outbreak, all social gatherings of any size in both private and public spaces have been banned under a new Bill passed in Parliament on Tuesday (Apr 7).

Changi Airport in Singapore to Suspend T2 Operations for 18 Months
Changi Airport Group (CAG) has unveiled plans to consolidate terminal operations because of “the steep decline in passenger traffic and the likelihood that air travel demand will not return to pre-Covid-19 levels in the near term”.

NTUC Foodfare ‘investigating’ workers who barefisted face masks
Workers caught on video sorting face masks in the open without taking hygienic precautions are now being investigated by NTUC Foodfare.

COVID-19: 224 Singapore residents evacuated from Egypt on special repatriation flight
More than 200 Singapore residents arrived in Singapore after they were evacuated from Egypt early Wednesday (Apr 8) morning.

Solidarity Budget: S$600 cash support for all adult Singaporeans, other cash payouts to be brought forward to June
All adult Singaporeans aged 21 and above will receive a one-off Solidarity Payment of S$600 in cash, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced on Monday (Apr 6).

Revised FY2020 deficit soars to record S$44.3b
WITH Monday’s round of support measures against the novel coronavirus outbreak, Singapore’s overall budget deficit for FY2020 is on track to become the largest deficit since its independence.

Hong Kong and Singapore cannot get Australian produce they desire
Until some 14 days ago, Antony Allen –chief executive of agribusiness The Avolution in Brisbane, Australia– was exporting a total of 45 tonnes of avocados to Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia every week.

Coronavirus: 66 new cases; fresh clusters at pre-school and Kranji dormitory
Singapore reported 66 coronavirus cases yesterday and two new clusters – one at the Little Gems Preschool in Ang Mo Kio and the other at Kranji Lodge.

Changi Airport Terminal 2 to suspend operations for 18 months amid COVID-19 pandemic
Changi Airport’s Terminal 2 will suspend operations for 18 months from May 1, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to impact the aviation sector, Minister for Transport Khaw Boon Wan announced in Parliament on Monday (Apr 6).

Most workplaces to close for one month from Apr 7 to curb spread of COVID-19
All workplaces except for those providing essential services and those able to operate remotely will be suspended from Apr 7 to May 4 during a month-long circuit breaker campaign to curb further spread of COVID-19, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo on Friday (Apr 3). )

Covid-19: 20,000 foreign workers at two dormitories to serve 14-day quarantine order
CLOSE to 20,000 foreign workers are required to serve a 14-day quarantine order on the back of a growing number of Covid-19 infections at two dormitories, according to the multi-ministry task force at a press conference on Sunday.

Coronavirus: Singapore to take care of foreign workers
The livelihood of foreign workers will be taken care of, as Singapore ramps up measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus, said Minister for Communications and Information S. Iswaran yesterday.

Singapore sees record daily spike of 120 COVID-19 cases, ‘significant number’ linked to worker dormitories
Singapore reported 120 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday (Apr 5), the biggest daily increase since the outbreak began here in January, bringing the national total to 1,309.

88-year-old man sixth coronavirus patient to die here
A sixth patient has died from Covid-19 in Singapore, the Health Ministry said yesterday.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore reach 1,000; old age home among 2 new clusters identified
A total of 74 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Singapore on Wednesday (Apr 1), the highest daily increase to date, bringing the national total to 1,000 infections.

Singapore banks may see worst-case hit of 14-18% on revenue over consumer loan relief: Jefferies
In a worst-case scenario, Singapore banks may see a 14 to 18 per cent hit to their revenue in 2020 following the latest coronavirus relief measures for consumers, said Jefferies Research in a report on Wednesday (April 1).

Evictions, deposits for events including weddings to be protected under new Bill to stem COVID-19 fallout
Companies that are unable to pay their rent and individuals who have placed deposits for events including weddings will be protected under a new Bill that will be introduced in Parliament next week to provide temporary relief against their contractual obligations amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Singapore Airlines to issue S$5.3bn. in new equity and raise up to S$9.7bn. via mandatory convertible bonds
Singapore Airlines Limited will offer all shareholders S$5.3 billion in new equity and up to a further S$9.7 billion1 through a 10-year Mandatory Convertible Bonds (MCB).

Neutral on Nutri-Grade: Singapore’s new beverage labelling system receives lukewarm response
Singapore’s introduction of its new sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) labelling system Nutri-Grade has received a lukewarm response from consumers, with 68% of public sentiment remaining ‘neutral’ or ‘unsure’ about the policy.

Covid-19: LTA waives vehicle entry permit fee for M’sian motorists in S’pore as goodwill gesture
All Malaysia-registered car and motorcycle owners in Singapore who stayed on here due to Malaysia’s movement control order to curb Covid-19 will get a one-off Vehicle Entry Permit (VEP) fee waiver.

Coronavirus: 7 points to note beyond the headline numbers
Singapore announced another 47 new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday (March 31), but the briefing by the multi-ministry task force went beyond headline numbers.

No ERP charges at most gantries from April 6 amid fewer cars on roads
THE majority of electronic road pricing (ERP) gantries in Singapore will be free of charge starting April 6, while the remaining locations will see rates significantly reduced.

COVID-19: Firms that do not allow telecommuting where ‘reasonably practicable’ may be issued stop-work order, says Josephine Teo
Companies that do not allow telecommuting wherever possible may be issued a stop-work order, said Manpower Minister Josephine Teo on Tuesday (Mar 31).

Coronavirus: Individuals can apply to defer property loan, insurance premium payments; Singapore SMEs to get cash flow support
The package, rolled out by MAS and the financial sector, aims to ease their financial strain arising from the Covid-19 outbreak.

High Court rejects challenges against law criminalising sex between men
The High Court has dismissed three separate legal challenges against Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalises consensual sex between men.

National Wages Council recommends lower MVC or 10% of basic pay, if cuts needed
IF wages must be cut, the National Wages Council (NWC) is recommending that the Monthly Variable Component (MVC) be adjusted downwards, the extent of which hinges on the company’s situation and any key performance indicators or guidelines agreed with unions.

Singapore reports 35 more COVID-19 cases, 3 new clusters identified
Singapore reported 35 new COVID-19 cases on Monday (Mar 30), including 26 with no recent travel history.

Support package to see Singapore through next 3 to 6 months, says Chan Chun Sing
The Government has frontloaded many of the relief measures with the aim of supporting businesses and workers through the next three to six months as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to unfold, said Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing

Singapore ready to deploy third stimulus package if COVID-19 outbreak worsens: DPM Heng
The Government is ready to deploy a third stimulus package if the COVID-19 outbreak in Singapore deteriorates, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said on Monday (Mar 30).

Tighter border restrictions as coronavirus cases in Singapore go past 800
Singapore has further tightened restrictions on the entry of foreigners, with all long-term visit pass holders and student pass holders having to obtain approval from the authorities first, starting from 11.59pm on Sunday night.

Singapore reports third death from COVID-19
A third patient has died in Singapore from complications due to COVID-19 infection on Sunday (Mar 29), the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in a press release. )

Covid-19: Details of 42 new cases in S’pore, 14 discharged cases on March 29, 2020
There are now 844 total confirmed cases in Singapore and 212 discharged cases.

Covid-19: ICA cancels passport of Singapore citizen for breaching stay-home notice
The Immigration & Checkpoints Authority (ICA) has cancelled the passport of Goh Illya Victor, 53, for breaching stay-home notice (SHN) requirements, ICA said in a statement on Sunday (March 29). This is the first such action authorities have taken against a Singapore citizen.

Singapore’s ‘bazooka’ stimulus to cushion COVID-19 pain, but recession still on the cards: Economists
With bigger wage offsets, property tax rebates of up to 100 per cent and more help for badly-hit sectors, Singapore’s newly announced fiscal “bazooka” will help to alleviate the strain that businesses and households are feeling from the COVID-19 outbreak, said economists.

S$48.4b more to fight pandemic, with up to S$17b from reserves
THE government has committed a record S$48.4 billion in a supplementary budget unveiled on Thursday to help Singapore weather the Covid-19 crisis, with in-principle support gained to draw up to S$17 billion from past reserves, said Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat.

Trade bellwether Singapore signals deep recession for world as virus batters economy
Singapore is bracing for the worst recession in its 55-year history after the coranavirus pandemic knocked its bellwether economy into a sharp contraction in the first quarter, reinforcing fears global activity will tank this year.

52 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, 2 new infections linked to PCF Sparkletots in Fengshan
Singapore reported 52 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday (Mar 26), bringing the total number of cases to 683.

Singapore Airlines secures $13 bln to survive coronavirus and grow after
Singapore Airlines Ltd said it had secured up to S$19 billion ($13 billion) of funding to help see it through the coronavirus crisis and expand afterward, in a sign of confidence travel demand will eventually return.

2020 deficit to rise to record S$39.2b, but Singapore’s fiscal position remains robust
SINGAPORE’S overall budget deficit for financial year 2020 will rise to a record S$39.2 billion, or 7.9 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP), as the government rolls out a massive support package to save the economy, but the country’s fiscal standing remains solid, say analysts.

S’poreans who travel abroad from Mar. 27 to be charged unsubsidised rates at public hospitals for Covid-19 symptoms
Any work pass holder or their dependant who leaves Singapore from March 27, 2020, will be deprioritised for entry approval.

Covid-19: Fine & jail term for those who breach SHN measures in S’pore
The Ministry of Health (MOH) has reminded Singaporeans that breaches of measures aimed at containing Covid-19 could result in jail, fines, or both.

49 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, with 32 imported cases; most travelled to UK
Singapore reported 49 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday (Mar 24), of which 32 were imported infections.

COVID-19 temporary measures: Gatherings outside of school and work limited to 10 people, entertainment venues to close
Gatherings outside school and work will be limited to a maximum of 10 people from Thursday at 11.59pm to Apr 30 this year, the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force said on Tuesday (Mar 24).

9-year-old boy is 15th Filipino with coronavirus in Singapore
A 9-year-old boy who recently visited the Philippines is the 15th Filipino to test positive for the novel coronavirus in Singapore, the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday evening, March 24

Singapore core inflation falls into negative territory for the first time in a decade
Singapore’s main price gauge slipped into deflation for the first time in more than a decade in February, data showed on Monday (Mar 23).

All travellers entering S’pore must submit health declaration from Mar. 27
Those who make false declarations or fail to complete or submit the card will be liable for prosecution under the Infectious Diseases Act.

Singapore reports 54 new COVID-19 cases in highest daily spike, including 48 imported infections
Singapore on Monday (Mar 23) confirmed 54 new cases of COVID-19, the highest daily increase to date, taking the total to 509 cases.

Sea levels in Singapore 14cm above pre-1970 levels: Meteorological Service Singapore
As the world warms and ice caps melt, global sea levels are rising including around Singapore.

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Coronavirus: Schools, kindergartens to reopen on Monday; students, staff who return from overseas from March 14 have to isolate for 14 days
Schools will suspend all co-curricular activities and students have to sit farther apart.

32 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, 75% of which are imported
Returning residents and long-term pass holders accounted for all 24 of the new imported COVID-19 cases in Singapore today, MOH said.

‘Special arrangement’ made to fly Singaporeans, PRs back home from UK amid COVID-19 outbreak
A special arrangement has been made between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and Singapore Airlines (SIA) to fly Singaporeans and Singapore permanent residents (PRs) home amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

MAS sets up US$60 billion swap facility with US Fed
The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) announced on Thursday night (March 19) the establishment of a US$60 billion (S$86.5 billion) swap facility with the US Federal Reserve in coordinated cantral bank actions to alleviate ongoing strains in credit markets from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak.

Supply from other countries in place, says Chan Chun Sing as 300,000 eggs touch down at Changi
Singapore has managed to ramp up its import of eggs from other countries following Malaysia’s lockdown on Wednesday (March 18), Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said on Thursday (March 19).

COVID-19 cases in Singapore reach 313 with 47 new infections, 33 imported
Singapore on Wednesday (Mar 18) reported 47 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total in the country to 313.

Coronavirus: 108,000 affected workers to each get one-time payment of up to $300
The payment will be funded by a $25 million sum set aside by NTUC, unions and the Government, and applies only to union members.

Singapore remains the most expensive city for expatriates: survey
SINGAPORE held on to its first-place seat as the world’s most expensive city for expatriates for the seventh straight year, sharing the top spot with Hong Kong and Osaka. However, the city-state’s gap with other cities narrowed.

Singaporeans advised to defer all travel abroad amid heightened risk of imported COVID-19 cases
Singaporeans were advised on Wednesday (Mar 18) to defer all travel abroad with immediate effect amid a heightened risk of importation of COVID-19 cases into Singapore, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

Coronavirus: Plans in place to turn normal wards into isolation wards, quarantine facilities into care centres for patients, says Gan Kim Yong
There are plans to convert normal wards into isolation wards, and quarantine facilities could be converted into care centres for Covid-19 patients with less severe symptom, if the number of cases here continue to rise, said Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said on Wednesday (March 18).

Singapore reports 23 more COVID-19 cases in new high, 17 imported
The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 23 more cases of COVID-19 infection on Tuesday (Mar 17), bringing Singapore’s total to 266.

Singapore overtakes Hong Kong as world’s freest economy
Hong Kong lost its title as the world’s freest economy to Singapore for the first time since 1995 in a global survey, as social unrest and uncertainties rattled its reputation as a global financial hub.

Singapore’s exports fall 4.8% month-on-month in February
Singapore’s non-oil domestic exports (NODX) fell 4.8 per cent on a seasonally adjusted month-on-month basis in February, reversing the previous month’s 4.5 per cent growth.

S’poreans urged to heed advisory and defer non-essential travel
Singaporeans need to take advice not to travel very seriously, but if they still insist on doing so, they must take responsibility for their actions, said the authorities yesterday.

All Singapore households to receive 500ml of free hand sanitiser: Temasek Foundation
Every Singapore household will receive 500ml of free zero-alcohol hand sanitiser, announced Temasek Foundation on Tuesday (Mar 17), as Singapore reported its largest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases.

17 new COVID-19 infections in Singapore in largest single-day increase to date
The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 17 new COVID-19 cases on Monday (Mar 16), bringing the country’s total to 243.

Non-essential trips abroad: Those in isolation may have to use own leave
Employees who insist on proceeding with non-essential, non-work-related travel outside Singapore may have to use their annual leave to serve out their quarantine, stay-home notice or company-imposed leave of absence periods.

Commentary: COVID-19, the biggest crisis ever for Singapore’s aviation industry and Singapore Airlines
The global aviation industry is facing its biggest crisis in at least several decades.

S’pore not in danger of running out of food or supplies: Chan
Singapore has a robust, multi-pronged strategy to ensure the country does not run out of essential items, Trade and Industry Minister Chan Chun Sing said last night.

S’pore reports 6 new Covid-19 cases, 166 in total & 12 in ICU on March 10
On March 10, the Ministry of Health confirmed six new cases of Covid-19.

All 1,631 passengers cleared to leave Costa Fortuna in 14 hours
All passengers have disembarked from a cruise ship that docked in Singapore yesterday morning after being rejected at several ports over fears about the coronavirus.

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