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Singapore preparing to live with endemic Covid-19 as residents grow ‘battle weary’ of pandemic, ministers say

Singapore is drawing up a blueprint for Covid-19 becoming endemic in a plan that may include “multi-year” vaccine booster shots such as those given for the flu virus, a shift away from monitoring daily cases and a return…

Should Hong Kong and Singapore relent from tight Covid-19 rules to retain foreign talent?

In Singapore, anecdotes shared by expatriates on social media and in private conversations reflect a growing despair at being unable to return to their home countries, even for emergencies. Currently, only citizens and PRs can leave and enter…

Coronavirus quarantine: Singapore pips Hong Kong in quantity and range of usable hotels, getting the edge in resuming travels

Singapore pips Hong Kong in quarantine facilities for visitors and returnees, an advantage that gives the city-state the edge in resuming business travels to kick start the local economy. One in every four Singapore hotels is usable as…

Shun Tak makes a splash in its Singapore property debut, selling a duplex penthouse at Park Nova for a record US$26 million

Shun Tak Holdings, one of the flagship companies controlled by the clan that dominates Macau’s gambling industry, has smashed Singapore’s price record for luxury homes with its high-profile entry into the city state’s high-end property market. Park Nova,…

Coronavirus: Singapore should expect gradual reopening, experts say

As Singapore approaches the end of a month-long period of tightened social distancing measures, the big questions on many minds are whether restrictions will be loosened after June 13 and whether a long-awaited travel bubble with Hong Kong…

‘Far from out of the woods’: how a Covid-19 variant put Singapore back in defensive mode

Remain at home and leave the house only if it’s essential. Wear a good mask with high filtration capability. Get vaccinated when your turn comes. These exhortations from Singapore’s health authorities underscore how seriously they are treating the…

Coronavirus: Shangri-La Dialogue will go on even as World Economic Forum axes Singapore meeting

The Shangri-La Dialogue planned for early June in Singapore is still planning to go ahead, after WEF announced it would cancel this year’s event citing “tragic circumstances unfolding across geographies” and an uncertain travel outlook due to the…

Why Singapore moved to 21-day hotel quarantine – and a look at the countries with the longest, shortest and ‘most relaxing’ self-isolation requirements

Singapore on Tues announced it would extend its quarantine period from 14 to 21 days for most inbound travellers – except those from seven jurisdictions including Hong Kong – as it battles a flare-up in Covid-19 infections linked…

Singapore’s Covid-19 hospital cluster, reinfected migrant workers and ‘viral shedding’ – causes for concern?

After months of reporting few if any locally transmitted cases, Singapore has in recent weeks seen reinfections among migrant workers who had previously recovered from Covid-19, as well as reports of people catching the coronavirus despite being vaccinated…

Singapore’s migrant workers deserve better than to be ferried like livestock

I had mixed feelings when I pored over Bloomberg’s latest Covid-19 Resilience Ranking released this week. Bloomberg’s headline on the latest result read: “Singapore is now the world’s best place to be during Covid”. I cringed at that…

Travel bubble: What can Hong Kong visitors do in Singapore? Locals suggest hawker centres, Gardens by the Bay and Popular bookstore

Banker Matthew Kong has an inkling where his Hong Kong friends will want to visit when the travel bubble with Singapore opens on May 26. Beyond the usual tourist attractions, he said parents like him actually enjoy the…

Singapore leads green architecture and sustainable building design in Asia – here’s why

Kermit the Frog once lamented that it wasn’t easy being green. Large-scale developers who for years have been trying to reconcile their economic and environmental concerns would agree. Yet after the announcement in Mar that Swire Properties had…

Experts in Singapore wary of rise in mutant coronavirus strains amid plans to relaunch Hong Kong travel bubble

Singapore is facing an uptick in Covid-19 cases amid reports of a rising number of mutant strains circulating overseas, with health care experts saying this trend should be closely watched as the city-state seeks to launch a quarantine-free…

Ultra-rich Asians and Chinese citizens eye Singapore luxury homes amid coronavirus pandemic

In one of the latest big-ticket property deals in Singapore, a sea-facing bungalow in the exclusive residential enclave of Sentosa Cove was reportedly bought in recent weeks for more than S$39 million by a Chinese national. Closer to…

Can Singapore’s office rents outprice Hong Kong as Alibaba, ByteDance, Tencent set up shop in rival financial hub?

Singapore’s office rents have a long way to go before matching Hong Kong’s, even after half a dozen of mainland China’s largest technology behemoths piled into the city state in recent months to set up their regional hubs,…

From London to Singapore and Sydney, cities around the world dim their lights to mark Earth Hour

Cities around the world were turning off their lights on Sat for Earth Hour, with this year’s event highlighting the link between the destruction of nature and increasing outbreaks of diseases such as Covid-19. Asia had kicked off…

Take a private tour of Sheng Siong supermarket tycoon Lim Hock Leng’s US$50 million Singapore home

Sheng Siong supermarket tycoon Lim Hock Leng and his family live on a sprawling 33,700 sqft property in the centre of Singapore. Its two buildings and nine bedrooms are home to Lim and his wife; the couple’s four…

It’s our lifestyle: Sheng Siong’s Lim Hock Leng on why Singapore’s mighty supermarket has Covid-19 and e-commerce beat

It would be natural to assume that when a Chinese businessman approached the family behind Singapore supermarket chain Sheng Siong with a proposal for a JV in Yunnan province, China, it was because he had been impressed by…

Singapore’s electric car charging providers put expansion plans in place amid push from the government

Singapore is likely to see a boom in EV charging operators as efforts are made to expand the charging infrastructure for green cars amid moves by the government to phase out ICE vehicles by 2040. “With the anticipated…

For Singapore shoppers, second-hand stores offer an alternative to fast fashion

Sue-Anne Chng used to wear a different outfit on all 15 days of CNY, when it is customary to don new clothes to symbolise a fresh start. But this year she will wear second-hand items exchanged for her…

How Singapore supermarket chain Sheng Siong’s local focus during coronavirus pandemic lifted its fortunes

When fresh meat and vegetables run low at home, part-time receptionist Linda Lim, 61, usually only has one supermarket in mind for grocery shopping: a Sheng Siong outlet just five minutes away by car. For her, the no…

Is Singapore’s pleasant chill a hint of coming climate change?

In the early weeks of Jan, unusually cool weather descended on Singapore and its neighbouring countries. While the dip in temperatures came with heavy downpours of rain, it was a change Jessie Tay embraced. The marketing executive, 32,…

World Economic Forum moves meeting in Singapore from May to August due to coronavirus pandemic

WEF said on Wed that its annual meeting, which has already been postponed and moved from Switzerland to Singapore, will be pushed back again due to pandemic-related challenges. The annual gathering of the world’s political, economic and business…

Coronavirus: Singapore says it’s given 60,000 vaccine shots, as it tightens social distancing curbs ahead of Lunar New Year

Some 60,000 residents in Singapore have received their first Covid-19 vaccine shots since Dec 30, authorities said on Fri. Meanwhile, Singapore announced that it would tighten Covid-19 restrictions slightly, following a small spike in infections in recent days,…

As Covid-19 rages on, is Singapore risking too much to host the World Economic Forum?

In the coming months, more than a thousand government officials, business leaders and sportspeople are expected to flock to Singapore, a nation that seems to have contained Covid-19 infections far better than US or countries in Europe. WEF…

Coronavirus: Could Singapore’s vaccine drive become a victim of the city’s own success?

On Jan 20 last year, a 66-year-old man from the central Chinese city of Wuhan arrived in Singapore and headed to the Shangri-La hotel on Sentosa island for a family holiday. Within three days, he became Singapore’s first…

The show goes on for Singapore Art Week despite tourist restrictions, with a focus on introducing art to the community

Singapore Art Week (SAW) gets under way this week, even though the country has yet to relax quarantine requirements for most overseas visitors. Now in its ninth year, the annual festival was initially conceived as a way to…

What derailed the Singapore-Malaysia high-speed link, and where now for neighbours’ troubled relationship?

For many observers, the 2016 bilateral agreement between Malaysia and Singapore to construct a HSR link was a seminal moment in the neighbours’ history. With the deal unravelling at the stroke of midnight on Jan 1 – following…

Coronavirus: Bangladeshi migrant worker sues Singapore employer for locking him in room for 43 hours

A Bangladeshi migrant worker is suing his ex-employer and dormitory operator in Singapore, accusing them of “false imprisonment” after he was locked in his room during a coronavirus outbreak. Most of Singapore’s more than 58,000 cases have been…

Coronavirus: TraceTogether data used in murder case, Singapore minister says as he defends police access to contact-tracing programme

Senior government ministers in Singapore on Tue defended the use of data from the country’s Covid-19 contact-tracing programme in criminal investigations, saying it would be used only in cases involving “serious offences”. Police had used the information from…

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