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Dengue cases expected to exceed 16,000 cases unless immediate action taken: NEA

With two-thirds of the year still to go, NEA is already warning that the number of dengue cases in 2020 is projected to surpass 2019’s figure, unless “immediate measures” are taken. On Mon, NEA said as of mid-Apr,…

Cars being bought and sold even though showrooms are closed during Covid-19 circuit breaker period

Motor traders are still selling cars during this period of heightened safe-distancing, but they are doing so online because all car showrooms – which are deemed to be non-essential – are closed. Checks by ST revealed that all…

Coronavirus: No violations at Singapore wet markets selling live turtles, frogs, eels for food

It is not the usual wet market in the basement of the Chinatown Complex in Smith St. Here, customers can buy live animals such as soft-shell turtles, bullfrogs and freshwater eels, have them slaughtered, and take them home…

33 families in Katong estate have leases extended, to get priority to return after restoration works

Thirty-three families renting state properties in Katong scheduled to move out by year end have been given a reprieve, after SLA granted them a six-month lease extension in view of the Covid-19 outbreak and the need to minimise…

Campaign to make workers feel welcome in housing estates

A group of volunteers has launched a campaign to encourage Singaporeans to be more welcoming when migrant workers are relocated to housing estates in a bid to curtail the coronavirus. The initiative – Welcome In My Backyard (Wimby)…

Construction sector caught by surprise after stay-home notice

The decision to place foreign workers in the construction sector on stay-home notices (SHNs) took the industry by surprise when it was announced on Sat night. That night, employers in the construction industry across Singapore were caught unawares…

180k foreign workers, dependants to stay home from today

Around 180,000 foreign workers in the construction industry and their dependants will be on stay-home notices starting today, as the number of coronavirus infections continues to rise. The notices apply mostly to work permit and S Pass holders…

Residential market sentiment to weaken amid restrictive containment measures

After the residential market showed signs of slowing in the first quarter of 2020, Knight Frank expects market sentiment to weaken amid concerns over job security as well as restrictive containment measures due to Covid-19. Singapore’s private home…

Items available on supermarkets’ websites should match actual stock

I understand that online supermarkets are facing stronger demand as more people stay home and shop online, but they should also spare a thought for their customers. Typically, when items are not available, they are labelled “out of…

Singapore firms and workers should seek new normal

The movement of the epicentre of the Covid-19 pandemic from the local populace to the migrant worker community has sparked an intense debate on the subject of Singapore’s dependence on foreign workers. Singapore has almost 1.4 million people…

Online portals offer hope for merchants hit by cancellation of bazaars

Bottles of cookies, packs of chips and other Hari Raya snacks Ms Roselin Khatoon had planned to sell at a Ramadan bazaar are littered all over her three-room HDB flat, which feels like an obstacle course. And with…

9 people face S$1,000 fine for repeat safe distancing offences

Another nine people face S$1,000 fines for repeat safe distancing offences, while more than 280 others are set to pay S$300 each for first offences, MEWR Minister Masagos Zulkifli said on Mon. In a FB post, Mr Masagos…

9 people caught feeding, watching wild boars to be charged with breaching circuit breaker rules: NParks

A man filmed feeding a sounder of wild boars along Lorong Halus was caught by NParks during an operation over the weekend and will be charged with breaching the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) Act. In response to TODAY’s queries…

Business hit by coronavirus, struggling hawkers worry about new problem – loan sharks

As if the Covid-19 pandemic hasn’t hit hawkers badly enough, they now have got a new problem to worry about — loan sharks. Despite tightened circuit breaker measures preventing them from turning up at their victims’ houses, loan…

‘I’m not afraid of being fined’: Auntie refuses to budge from hawker centre table

It’s been two weeks since Singapore went into circuit breaker mode but it appears that not everyone has gotten the memo on the ramped-up safe distancing measures. An elderly woman was spotted tucking into a takeaway bowl of…

TEE International warns of ‘adverse impact on profitability’ even as subsidiary clinches $72 mil letter of award

TEE Intl’s wholly-owned subsidiary Trans Equatorial Engg has bagged an LOA worth $72 million for mechanical and engg works for the proposed development of a sports and recreation centre in Punggol. The LOA was awarded to the group…

1426 new cases in Singapore as Covid-19 stews in worker’s dormitories

The number of daily coronavirus cases in Singapore topped 1,000 for the first time since the pandemic began, as an outbreak among migrant workers living in shared dormitories continued to surge. The city-state recorded 1,426 new cases on…

AREIT defensive but unattractive valuation

RHB Group Research is keeping its “neutral” call on Ascendas REIT (AREIT). In a Mon report, analyst Vijay Natarajan says, “AREIT’s diversified portfolio of 200 industrial assets across three different geographies is expected to stay resilient despite recessionary…

Keong Hong wins $69.5 mil tender to develop HDB flats at Everton

Keong Hong Holdings announced on Mon that its wholly-owned subsidiary Keong Hong Construction has been awarded the main contract works for the proposed residential housing development at Everton Road. The contract involves the construction of 1 tower of…

Burger King and KFC lifted by McDonald’s shutdown in Singapore

One MNC’s pain is another MNC’s gain. The shutdown of McDonald’s restaurants islandwide over coronavirus fears appears to have given a big boost to two of its major competitors. Hours after the restaurant chain announced yesterday it was…

Keeping retail alive via virtual showroom

mc.2 was established in 2004 as an IT retailer but as the market became more crowded and less lucrative, it pivoted and reinvented itself into a smart blinds supplier. To cope with the sudden retail shutdown, the company…

If the Internet goes out, working from home needs a back-up plan

Working from home has become the de facto back-up plan for companies operating during the month-long “circuit-breaker” office closures. But what happens when the back-up plan needs a back-up of its own? Just over a week into the…

More than 17,000 applications to defer mortgage payments as virus hits home

More than 17,000 consumers have applied to defer their mortgage repayments, in a nod to the escalating impact of the virus outbreak. These numbers, collated by BT across seven major retail banks here, are estimated by economists to…

Lee Ah Mooi care workers housed at Ascott properties after being evicted by landlords over COVID-19 fears

Twelve employees of the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home who were evicted by their landlords are now staying at Ascott properties in Singapore. On Apr 10, the nursing home said that some of its employees had been…

COVID-19: Five more foreign worker dormitories declared as isolation areas

Five more foreign worker dormitories in Singapore have been declared as isolation areas to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Avery Lodge, Cassia @ Penjuru, Westlite Mandai Dormitory, PPT Lodge 1A, and Jurong Penjuru Dormitory 1 were declared as…

Crime-fighting during COVID-19: Precautions taken in prisons, police stations and courts

Crime-fighting has continued during the COVID-19 outbreak, albeit with precautionary measures for inmates, suspects and accused persons, agencies told CNA. In the prisons, inmates have been issued with a reusable mask each. Newly admitted inmates are housed separately…

Covid-19: 4 condo residents fined S$300 each for flouting safe distancing measures

Four condominium residents and one MCST have been fined for flouting safe distancing measures, said BCA on Mon. The four residents were fined S$300 each. One was a resident of a condominium at Irrawaddy Road, who used the…

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