Select a country

Pupil tests positive for Covid-19, Palm View Primary School extends home-based learning

Home-based learning was extended by another day for pupils at Palm View Primary School as a student had tested positive for Covid-19. In a memo to parents on April 1, school principal Ming Kum wrote that a Primary 2 pupil had contracted the virus from a f
Singapore

Pupil tests positive for Covid-19, Palm View Primary School extends home-based learning

Home-based learning was extended by another day for pupils at Palm View Primary School as a student had tested positive for Covid-19. In a memo to parents on April 1, school principal Ming Kum wrote that a Primary 2 pupil had contracted the virus from a family member. The child had not travelled during the March school holidays. The pupil was well when last in school on March 30, and «remains in high spirits while receiving treatment,» she wrote. Some teachers and pupils who were in close contact with the child have been placed on a two-week leave of absence from April 1. As a precautionary measure, the school extended home-based learning by a day to conduct a thorough disinfection of its premises. Mrs Kum also urged all staff and pupils to observe good hygiene practices and to see a doctor immediately if they feel unwell. «These measures are in place to ensure that our school remains a safe environment for teaching and learning,» she said.  The school will reopen on April 3.

Harvard student crafts quiz that determines your type according to your Singapore political crush

Boredom at a time of social distancing can prove to be useful. You could take all that time on your hands and put them into something productive — or you could, like Harvard undergrad Yong Han Poh, craft a quiz  that would determine what type of partner yo
Singapore

Harvard student crafts quiz that determines your type according to your Singapore political crush

Boredom at a time of social distancing can prove to be useful. You could take all that time on your hands and put them into something productive — or you could, like Harvard undergrad Yong Han Poh, craft a quiz  that would determine what type of partner you prefer according to the Singapore politicians (and one famous contractor) you admire.  In something that’s totally not meant to be taken seriously, Yong posted on Facebook the characteristics or four prominent figures dealing with a nationwide health crisis.  They’re none other than Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Minister for National Development (and coronavirus task force chief) Lawrence Wong, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, and Phua Chu Kang, a contractor who’s known to be the «best in Singapore, JB and some say Batam».  At the risk of ruining the joke by explaining too much, Yong (jokingly) lists down the traits that you value in a partner according to you “quarantine crush”. If you feel inclined towards Minister Wong, hey, you’d like someone calm and steady, especially in times of crisis. If Minister Heng’s more your jam, perhaps you prefer someone sensible and serious. 

Man who spat on floor in hotel and shouted, 'Corona, corona', jailed for 2 months

SINGAPORE - A man smashed a plate and spat onto the floor of Azur restaurant at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel after a waitress told him that the eatery was closed. Hotel staff later saw Jasvinder Singh Mehar Singh at the arrival hall of the airport'
Singapore

Man who spat on floor in hotel and shouted, 'Corona, corona', jailed for 2 months

SINGAPORE - A man smashed a plate and spat onto the floor of Azur restaurant at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel after a waitress told him that the eatery was closed. Hotel staff later saw Jasvinder Singh Mehar Singh at the arrival hall of the airport's Terminal 3 and guided him back to the hotel lobby. Still unhappy, Singh spat onto the floor two more times and yelled: «Corona, corona.» The 52-year-old Singaporean was sentenced to two months' jail on Thursday (April 2) after pleading guilty to one count each of committing a rash act and being a public nuisance on March 3. This is the first conviction of its kind related to the current coronavirus outbreak. Singh must also spend an additional 55 days behind bars, as he had breached a remission order after his early release from prison in February. He was sentenced to jail in January to six months and five weeks' jail over offences including harassment. As part of the order, he was not supposed to commit any more offences between Feb 28 and April 26 this year.

Home-based learning sees a few teething issues on first day

With her children set to undergo home-based learning (HBL) starting this week, Madam Yati Hayati Yosope took two half-days off work without pay to look after them. The student care teacher told The New Paper she felt the need to stay home to guide the childr
Singapore

Home-based learning sees a few teething issues on first day

With her children set to undergo home-based learning (HBL) starting this week, Madam Yati Hayati Yosope took two half-days off work without pay to look after them. The student care teacher told The New Paper she felt the need to stay home to guide the children who were under HBL - a daughter in primary school and a son and daughter in secondary school. She also has a daughter in ITE. But the first day of HBL for primary school students yesterday hardly went smoothly. Madam Yati, 42, said her Primary 6 daughter Nur Fadhlin, 12, waited for about an hour trying to access the Singapore Student Learning Space (SLS) portal due to server issues. Then, when her daughter was halfway through her work, the website suddenly went offline. «My daughter tried to log in four to five times, but thankfully she did not have to restart work. There was confusion initially, but after a while there were no problems.»

74 new coronavirus cases in S'pore bringing total to 1,000; 54 new cases are local with 10 from old folks' home including a 102-year-old

SINGAPORE - The number of coronavirus cases hit 1,000 in Singapore on Wednesday (April 1) with the Ministry of Health announcing 74 new cases. There were also two new clusters identified. Ten new cases are linked to the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home at 1 Thomson
Singapore

74 new coronavirus cases in S'pore bringing total to 1,000; 54 new cases are local with 10 from old folks' home including a 102-year-old

SINGAPORE - The number of coronavirus cases hit 1,000 in Singapore on Wednesday (April 1) with the Ministry of Health announcing 74 new cases. There were also two new clusters identified. Ten new cases are linked to the Lee Ah Mooi Old Age Home at 1 Thomson Lane and two confirmed cases are linked to a previous case at a dormitory at 55 Sungei Kadut Loop. There were also more cases at existing clusters: There were six more at the S11 dormitory at Seletar North Link, two more cases at the Westlite Toh Guan dormitory on Toh Guan Road East, one more case linked to the serviced apartment Wilby Residences and one more case linked to the cluster at Hero's, the bar on Circular Road. All in, 54 of the 74 cases on Wednesday are local cases and 20 are imported. Of the local cases, 29 are linked to previous cases and clusters while 25 are currently unlinked. Five cases were discharged from hospitals and community isolation facilities, with the number of those recovered now at 245.

WP chief Pritam Singh shares about 'best burrito' he ever had from Stuff'd at Hougang Mall

During a challenging period back in 2017 (hint: a certain court case kicked off), Workers’ Party Secretary-General Pritam Singh ate the best burrito in his life.  A trivial revelation, but one that’s relevant to the current climate, we promise. In a Fac
Singapore

WP chief Pritam Singh shares about 'best burrito' he ever had from Stuff'd at Hougang Mall

During a challenging period back in 2017 (hint: a certain court case kicked off), Workers’ Party Secretary-General Pritam Singh ate the best burrito in his life.  A trivial revelation, but one that’s relevant to the current climate, we promise. In a Facebook post that the Aljunied GRC Member of Parliament shared on Tuesday (March 31), he reposted a charitable initiative by the local Mexican-Turkish food chain that offered free burritos to anyone “who might be having some problems putting food on the table”.  “Over this Covid-19 period, it speaks so highly of business owners who run such establishments like Stuff’d that they keep the community in mind, especially those amongst us who may need a lift,” Pritam wrote, expressing the hope that landlords are playing their part too. 

Pineapples on pizzas, Game of Thrones and other revelations in quickfire Tan Chuan-Jin Q&A

The last time we checked in, Tan Chuan-Jin had become the new «Tweeter of Parliament» after his humorously candid replies to a rando landed him in the spotlight. But beyond his official role as Speaker of Parliament, new stans wanted to know mor
Singapore

Pineapples on pizzas, Game of Thrones and other revelations in quickfire Tan Chuan-Jin Q&A

The last time we checked in, Tan Chuan-Jin had become the new «Tweeter of Parliament» after his humorously candid replies to a rando landed him in the spotlight. But beyond his official role as Speaker of Parliament, new stans wanted to know more about the man himself. In true millennial style, Tan dished out personal preferences in an Ask Me Anything-style session with some National University of Singapore students — including his stance on whether pineapple belonged on pizzas.

Is this Harvard Business School grad taking over Woodlands ward?

Could Sembawang MP Amrin Amin be handing over the baton to a newcomer? Some residents seem to think so. Amrin, who helms Woodlands ward in the group representation constituency (GRC), fuelled speculation about his potential successor when he officially int
Singapore

Is this Harvard Business School grad taking over Woodlands ward?

Could Sembawang MP Amrin Amin be handing over the baton to a newcomer? Some residents seem to think so. Amrin, who helms Woodlands ward in the group representation constituency (GRC), fuelled speculation about his potential successor when he officially introduced Mariam Jaafar, 43, to his constituents in a Facebook post on Tuesday (March 31). In the post, he mentioned that he had been introducing Mariam to residents and was confident that she would «hit the ground running» and «do her best to serve residents». Amrin also included several pictures of Mariam walking the ground alongside him and Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, who helms the Gambas ward in Sembawang GRC. She was also seen attending a Meet-the-People session with Amrin last week, Berita Mediacorp reported.

NTUC FairPrice closes Bedok Mall supermarket for 3 days for cleaning after employee diagnosed with Covid-19

SINGAPORE - NTUC FairPrice has closed its FairPrice Finest supermarket in Bedok Mall after one of its staff tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday (March 31). In a statement on Wednesday (April 1), NTUC FairPrice said the store will be closed for three day
Singapore

NTUC FairPrice closes Bedok Mall supermarket for 3 days for cleaning after employee diagnosed with Covid-19

SINGAPORE - NTUC FairPrice has closed its FairPrice Finest supermarket in Bedok Mall after one of its staff tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday (March 31). In a statement on Wednesday (April 1), NTUC FairPrice said the store will be closed for three days for deep cleaning and will reopen on Saturday (April 4). The staff worked in the backend of the store replenishing stock and has minimal contact with customers, FairPrice said. The staff has been quarantined and is being monitored by medical personnel, while all other staff who work in the store have been put on leave of absence. The employee last worked on March 25 and was on leave on March 26 before visiting a doctor on March 27 with a fever. The employee is now on medical leave. FairPrice said it is extending help to the affected staff and is helping the authorities with contact tracing. It also apologised for causing inconvenience to customers.

Razer set to manufacture face masks in Singapore with help from local companies

Razer — that gaming hardware company that produces gizmos with colourful blinking lights — wants to produce face masks right here in Singapore. Sans their trademark Chroma lighting system, we can safely say.  Last month, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan stated t
Singapore

Razer set to manufacture face masks in Singapore with help from local companies

Razer — that gaming hardware company that produces gizmos with colourful blinking lights — wants to produce face masks right here in Singapore. Sans their trademark Chroma lighting system, we can safely say.  Last month, Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan stated that his engineers and designers have been working to temporarily convert a portion of the company’s production facilities to produce surgical masks in lieu of gaming peripherals. The plan is to donate up to one million masks to the authorities in different countries, starting with Singapore where the Razer Southeast Asia headquarters is located.

Daily roundup: New Instagram pages dedicated to safe distancing markers pasted across Singapore - and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. New Instagram pages dedicated to safe distancing markers pasted across Singapore Chairs and tables get taped up, but there’s no one sitting on them anyway... » READ MORE 2. NTUC FairPrice clos
Singapore

Daily roundup: New Instagram pages dedicated to safe distancing markers pasted across Singapore - and other top stories today

Stay in the know with a recap of our top stories today. 1. New Instagram pages dedicated to safe distancing markers pasted across Singapore Chairs and tables get taped up, but there’s no one sitting on them anyway... » READ MORE 2. NTUC FairPrice closes Bedok Mall supermarket for 3 days for cleaning after employee diagnosed with Covid-19​​​​​​​

New Covid-19 cluster at Toh Guan dormitory linked to 5 cases; CGH housekeeper among 47 new cases

SINGAPORE - Singapore confirmed 47 new cases of the Covid-19 infection on Tuesday (March 31), including a housekeeper at Changi General Hospital (CGH). A new cluster has also emerged at the Westlite Toh Guan dormitory, with four new cases confirmed on Tuesda
Singapore

New Covid-19 cluster at Toh Guan dormitory linked to 5 cases; CGH housekeeper among 47 new cases

SINGAPORE - Singapore confirmed 47 new cases of the Covid-19 infection on Tuesday (March 31), including a housekeeper at Changi General Hospital (CGH). A new cluster has also emerged at the Westlite Toh Guan dormitory, with four new cases confirmed on Tuesday. The first was confirmed on Monday. Of the new cases, 31 were local, with 13 linked to existing clusters or individuals. Another 18 are unlinked. On the CGH housekeeper who was infected, the Ministry of Health said he is a 22-year-old male Indian national who is a long-term pass holder with no recent travel history. He reported onset of symptoms on March 29, and subsequent test results confirmed the Covid-19 infection on Monday afternoon. He is currently warded in an isolation room at Changi General Hospital (CGH). Prior to hospital admission, he had gone to work for about two hours on Monday. Meanwhile, the MOH said that 12 more cases of Covid-19 infection have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities. In all, 240 have fully recovered from the infection and have been discharged.

I've been working from home for more than a week due to the coronavirus - here's how to stay sane

Before the coronavirus outbreak, working from home was considered a luxury. «Wah, your company lets you work from home (WFH) twice or thrice a week? Shiok!», was the most common response I got from friends who knew it was a common practice in my
Singapore

I've been working from home for more than a week due to the coronavirus - here's how to stay sane

Before the coronavirus outbreak, working from home was considered a luxury. «Wah, your company lets you work from home (WFH) twice or thrice a week? Shiok!», was the most common response I got from friends who knew it was a common practice in my previous two jobs.  Now, WFH is the new norm as more and more companies start practising telecommuting in the interest of safe distancing. This includes us at AsiaOne since the start of last week. While I've been enjoying every bit of it, my husband, who has been working from home for close to three weeks now, is starting to feel the toll of being cooped up at home all the time. ALSO READ: Working from home not so great, employees in China find

Coronavirus: SAF will defer all non-essential in-camp training, conduct smaller group training

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces will conduct training in smaller groups and defer all in-camp training that is not essential for operations for at least a month, said the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday (March 31). Fitness-conditioning centres, where o
Singapore

Coronavirus: SAF will defer all non-essential in-camp training, conduct smaller group training

SINGAPORE - The Singapore Armed Forces will conduct training in smaller groups and defer all in-camp training that is not essential for operations for at least a month, said the Ministry of Defence on Tuesday (March 31). Fitness-conditioning centres, where operationally-ready national servicemen (NSmen) take their physical fitness tests, will be closed. Individual Physical Proficiency Training (IPPT), IPPT Preparatory Training (IPT), and remedial training at Fitness Conditioning Centres, Safra gyms and IPT-in-the-Park locations has been suspended. IPPT requirements for affected NSmen will be waived, said Mindef in a statement on the latest SAF measures to curb the spread of the coronavirus. The ministry noted that critical operations to safeguard Singapore - such as island defence, protection of key installations, maritime security and air defence operations - continue to be performed around the clock. Units performing these roles have been separated into different groups to ensure operations are not interrupted while in-camp training supporting these critical functions will continue, it said.

Grandma treks 4.5 hours back to Singapore to see sick husband

In the wake of Malaysia's partial lockdown that's left some families stuck on different sides of the Causeway, one elderly woman was so determined to see her sick husband that she made the trip on foot — knee pain and all. The woman, 66, decided to retur
Singapore

Grandma treks 4.5 hours back to Singapore to see sick husband

In the wake of Malaysia's partial lockdown that's left some families stuck on different sides of the Causeway, one elderly woman was so determined to see her sick husband that she made the trip on foot — knee pain and all. The woman, 66, decided to return to Singapore on March 29 after learning of her husband's condition, her son Herman Sudil shared in a Facebook post. While Malaysia's movement control order (MCO) prohibits citizens from leaving the country from March 18 to April 14, foreigners are allowed to leave. His mother had arrived in Johor Bahru before the MCO to care for his three-month-old baby while he looked after his hospitalised wife, Herman explained. When his mother received news that her 80-year-old husband was ill early last week, Herman immediately began searching for transport for her to return to Singapore. But the lack of public transport meant that she eventually had to do it on foot.

Struggling Chinatown Food Street to close till June 1

Chinatown Food Street, a popular tourist spot known for local roadside fare, will close from tomorrow, its management said in a post on its website yesterday. There will be upgrading works in the area and business will resume on June 1. Business at the once
Singapore

Struggling Chinatown Food Street to close till June 1

Chinatown Food Street, a popular tourist spot known for local roadside fare, will close from tomorrow, its management said in a post on its website yesterday. There will be upgrading works in the area and business will resume on June 1. Business at the once-bustling destination on Smith Street has taken a significant hit with the sharp fall in tourist numbers since travel restrictions were imposed amid the Covid-19 outbreak. In an interview with Chinese language evening paper Shin Min Daily News, Mr Vincent Tan, the managing director of Select Group, which operates Chinatown Food Street, said that aside from renovation and refurbishment works to the 20 stalls at the location, stall holders and their workers will be sent for training or reassigned to other restaurants. Mr Tan, who is also the president of the Restaurant Association of Singapore, told Shin Min that rent for the stalls during the closure will be waived. Efforts to boost visitor numbers seem to have had little success.

Singaporean mum details experience after 5-year-old daughter forced to undergo Covid-19 swab test

[UPDATED, March 31]: In an update to her Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon (March 31), Eeling J. Tan wrote that her daughter has tested negative for Covid-19. Every parent's worst nightmare came true for Singaporean Eeling J. Tan when her sick five-year-ol
Singapore

Singaporean mum details experience after 5-year-old daughter forced to undergo Covid-19 swab test

[UPDATED, March 31]: In an update to her Facebook post on Tuesday afternoon (March 31), Eeling J. Tan wrote that her daughter has tested negative for Covid-19. Every parent's worst nightmare came true for Singaporean Eeling J. Tan when her sick five-year-old daughter was made to undergo a Covid-19 swab test. In a post dated March 29, the 41-year-old director at an engineering consultancy detailed her experience after her daughter suddenly developed a fever, having been diagnosed with bronchitis and asthma more than a week ago. She wrote: «My daughter started coughing about a week and half ago. We took her to a PHPC [Public Health Preparedness Clinic], and she was diagnosed with bronchitis and asthma. She was put on an inhaler and a cocktail of medication. She was on the mend until last night when she developed a fever.» The worried parents took her to the clinic once again on March 29, where doctors found that her lungs had not cleared, and coupled with a fever, they decided to send her for a Covid-19 test.

Elderly couple gets married at Alexandra Hospital amid restrictions for Covid-19, stroke

«For better, for worse, with stroke and in Covid-19, until death do us part.» One elderly couple have showed us that love transcends age and boundaries. Even in the time of the coronavirus and being engaged in a long-distance relationship, their
Singapore

Elderly couple gets married at Alexandra Hospital amid restrictions for Covid-19, stroke

«For better, for worse, with stroke and in Covid-19, until death do us part.» One elderly couple have showed us that love transcends age and boundaries. Even in the time of the coronavirus and being engaged in a long-distance relationship, their commitment to each other stands strong. The pair - Liong May Swan, a Singapore Citizen and Tom Iljas, a Swedish National - held their solemnisation ceremony on March 28, 2020. Except that… things did not pan out according to what they had initially planned: A restaurant ceremony. With social distancing and precautionary measures implemented due to Covid-19, Tom and May had to give up on their «dream wedding». They cancelled the ceremony scheduled at Dempsey Hill and decided to hold a family event at home instead. Unfortunately, even that reality did not materialise for the pair, who intended to move to Sweden to spend the rest of their lives together after registering their marriage on March 28, 2020.

ERP at most locations to be suspended from April 6 in light of less commuting amid Covid-19 outbreak

SINGAPORE - Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) will be suspended at most locations from April 6, with remaining spots seeing rates slashed. All gantries in the city and several on arterial roads will see zero charge. In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which
Singapore

ERP at most locations to be suspended from April 6 in light of less commuting amid Covid-19 outbreak

SINGAPORE - Electronic Road Pricing (ERP) will be suspended at most locations from April 6, with remaining spots seeing rates slashed. All gantries in the city and several on arterial roads will see zero charge. In the light of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen less commuting, Transport Minister Khaw Boon Wan said on Tuesday (March 31) that he has asked the Land Transport Authority (LTA) to bring forward the usual quarterly review of ERP rates. Hence, zero charging will take effect at several gantries during most time slots from next Monday. For instance, travelling southbound on the Central Expressway before Braddell Road towards the city will be free, down from between $1 and $2 now. The Pan-Island Expressway between Adam Road and Mount Pleasant Road will likewise have zero charging, from between $1 and $2 now. In total, 74 out of 77 gantries will see a reduction of up to $2. The LTA said the reductions are not to encourage people to drive more. It added that motorists and commuters should still defer all non-essential travel.

Lorry driver and passengers arrested for suspected drug-related offences after police car chase in Jurong West

A 25-year-old lorry driver and his two female passengers, aged 26 and 31, were arrested for suspected drug-related offences after leading police on a car chase in Jurong West on Saturday (Mar 28). The man was also arrested for rash act causing hurt. Severa
Singapore

Lorry driver and passengers arrested for suspected drug-related offences after police car chase in Jurong West

A 25-year-old lorry driver and his two female passengers, aged 26 and 31, were arrested for suspected drug-related offences after leading police on a car chase in Jurong West on Saturday (Mar 28). The man was also arrested for rash act causing hurt. Several Stompers alerted Stomp to videos of the incident, showing the lorry beating a red light and narrowly avoiding a motorcyclist while being pursued by a police car. In one of the clips, a man is seen in handcuffs as officers search the lorry. In response to a Stomp query, the police said they conducted checks on the lorry driver and his passengers at a heavy vehicle carpark along Boon Lay Way at 3.50pm. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=220963549112220 «During the checks, the driver refused to comply with the officer's instruction and sped off with his passengers,» a police spokesman said.

MAS warns of job losses, slower wage growth as recession looms

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) expects increasing job losses and fewer pay rises this year as the economy heads into its worst recession on record. The central bank said the job market will worsen amid a sharp drop in both economic activity and de
Singapore

MAS warns of job losses, slower wage growth as recession looms

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) expects increasing job losses and fewer pay rises this year as the economy heads into its worst recession on record. The central bank said the job market will worsen amid a sharp drop in both economic activity and demand for goods and services at home and abroad. «The resident unemployment rate is expected to rise and wage growth ease,» MAS said in its monetary policy statement yesterday. «A degree of labour market slack could emerge as firms pull back on their hiring plans, even as the scale of retrenchments is mitigated by the Jobs Support Scheme,» it said. MAS noted the «economy will enter a recession», and will shrink by 1 per cent to 4 per cent this year. In the fourth quarter of last year, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate had risen to 2.3 per cent, up from 2.1 per cent in the last three months of 2018. Unemployment among Singaporean citizens was even higher at 3.3 per cent, up from 3 per cent in the same quarter of 2018. Retrenchments had also crept up in the fourth quarter of last year to 2,700 persons, compared with 2,470 in the third quarter of 2019.

Japan Home investigating after woman says they sold her a «used» thermometer

Getting their hands on a coveted thermometer may be enough for some to be feverish with excitement but a woman in Singapore was left boiling after the thermometer she bought appeared to be less than new.  Home goods chain Japan Home said on March 30 tha
Singapore

Japan Home investigating after woman says they sold her a «used» thermometer

Getting their hands on a coveted thermometer may be enough for some to be feverish with excitement but a woman in Singapore was left boiling after the thermometer she bought appeared to be less than new.  Home goods chain Japan Home said on March 30 that it has launched an internal investigation after a customer claimed that she was sold a «used» thermometer with someone else's name written on it. The customer aired her complaints in a Facebook post on March 29, calling on other members of the public to be vigilant when purchasing thermometers from the chain. She also included several photographs which showed a digital thermometer with a name written on its back, as well as scribblings which appeared to say «3J» and «33».

MyRepublic's new SIM-only Value plan comes with unlimited data but throttles you after 7GB

MyRepublic has a new SIM-only plan for customers that comes with 7GB of data, 1,000 minutes of talk time, and 1,000 free incoming calls, that costs $18 a month. Dubbed the Value plan, after the 7GB of data is fully utilised, subscribers still have access to
Singapore

MyRepublic's new SIM-only Value plan comes with unlimited data but throttles you after 7GB

MyRepublic has a new SIM-only plan for customers that comes with 7GB of data, 1,000 minutes of talk time, and 1,000 free incoming calls, that costs $18 a month. Dubbed the Value plan, after the 7GB of data is fully utilised, subscribers still have access to data but speeds will be throttled under fair usage policy guidelines. They will not be charged for excess data use. According to MyRepublic, after the 7GB of data is exhausted, users will see their data speeds throttled to between 384Kbps to 1.2Mbps until the data allowance refreshes the next billing cycle. If you need full LTE speeds, additional data can be purchased through the telco as a one-off or monthly add-on. For users who need more data, the Power mobile plan launched in November last year offers users 20GB of data per month for $24. For more information, head over to our forum thread on this topic that comes with our members' inputs. This article was first published in Hardware Zone.

35 new Covid-19 cases in S'pore, 3 new clusters - a bar in Circular Road, a dormitory at Seletar North Link and a serviced apartment at Wilby Road

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced 35 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore on Monday (March 30), including three new clusters. The three new clusters are the S11 Dormitory@Punggol on 2 Seletar North Link, the condominium Wilby Residences at 25 Wil
Singapore

35 new Covid-19 cases in S'pore, 3 new clusters - a bar in Circular Road, a dormitory at Seletar North Link and a serviced apartment at Wilby Road

SINGAPORE - The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced 35 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore on Monday (March 30), including three new clusters. The three new clusters are the S11 Dormitory@Punggol on 2 Seletar North Link, the condominium Wilby Residences at 25 Wilby Road and the nightspot Hero's on 69 Circular Road. The dormitory is linked to four cases, the condominium seven cases and the nightspot five cases. In total, 26 of the 35 cases on Monday were local cases with no recent travel history abroad. There were nine imported cases. There are now 879 cases in Singapore. A further 16 cases have now been discharged from hospitals and community isolation facilities. To date, 228 cases have fully recovered. Of the 420 still in hospital, 19 are in critical condition. Currently, 228 cases who are well but still test positive are isolated at Concord International Hospital, Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Gleneagles Hospital and the community isolation facility at D'Resort NTUC.

Singapore gives coronavirus frontliners a round of applause

SINGAPORE - At 8pm on Monday night (March 30), applause rang out across the rooftops of Singapore. The ovation was part of Clap For #SGUnited, a campaign to get the public to show their appreciation for those on the frontlines of the fight against the corona
Singapore

Singapore gives coronavirus frontliners a round of applause

SINGAPORE - At 8pm on Monday night (March 30), applause rang out across the rooftops of Singapore. The ovation was part of Clap For #SGUnited, a campaign to get the public to show their appreciation for those on the frontlines of the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Whether from their windows, doors or balconies, people clapped, cheered, sang Ole and even banged saucepans. The call was started over the weekend by British expatriate Martin Verga, who works in finance and has lived in Singapore for 10 years. He was inspired by #ClapforNHS, which saw millions of Britons applauding National Health Service staff last Thursday, and wanted to do the same for workers here. «For the doctors, nurses, carers, emergency services, delivery workers, warehouse workers, cleaners, supermarket staff and everyone else keeping Singapore safe and stocked at this time,» he wrote on Facebook. «We will be forever grateful.»

Slovenia to Vienna, Amsterdam, London then home: Stranded Singaporean student rescued by Singapore and British diplomats

One Singaporean student's thirst for adventure almost saw him left high and dry, with no way home when Slovenia closed its borders amid the coronavirus pandemic. Nazrul Syahmi was stranded in Slovenia for 12 days following an air traffic ban and public trans
Singapore

Slovenia to Vienna, Amsterdam, London then home: Stranded Singaporean student rescued by Singapore and British diplomats

One Singaporean student's thirst for adventure almost saw him left high and dry, with no way home when Slovenia closed its borders amid the coronavirus pandemic. Nazrul Syahmi was stranded in Slovenia for 12 days following an air traffic ban and public transport shutdown. He finally made it back to Singapore with the help of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) and several foreign diplomats, Member of Parliament (MP) Amrin Amin said in a Facebook post today (March 30). The rescue was «like a movie» and involved British diplomats sending a convoy to escort Nazrul, ex-Nominated Member of Parliament Calvin Cheng added in a separate Facebook post.

$16.90 Xiaomi automatic soap dispenser, 1-for-1 night stay at Raffles Hotel Singapore & other deals this week

We scour the island for the best deals in the time of Covid-19 to help you stretch your dollar and keep you in the loop on the hottest trends. 'Cos good things must share. $16.90 Xiaomi automatic soap dispenser  By now, washing your hands regularly shou
Singapore

$16.90 Xiaomi automatic soap dispenser, 1-for-1 night stay at Raffles Hotel Singapore & other deals this week

We scour the island for the best deals in the time of Covid-19 to help you stretch your dollar and keep you in the loop on the hottest trends. 'Cos good things must share. $16.90 Xiaomi automatic soap dispenser  By now, washing your hands regularly should become a habit to keep the coronavirus at bay. To make things more convenient, the Mijia Automatic Soap Dispenser by Xiaomi dispenses soap without needing to touch it, reducing the risk of being in contact with any germs. The soap dispenser is now going for only $16.90 (U.P. $22.90) on Qoo10, plus it comes with one free mask per purchase. It'll also come with the original Xiaomi antibacterial liquid soap and batteries, and each bottle will dispense soap up to 400 times.

Coronavirus: PCF Sparkletots pre-schools reopen but Fengshan centre to remain closed till April 7

SINGAPORE - The PAP Community Foundation (PCF), which operates 360 Sparkletots pre-schools here, has reopened all its schools except the Fengshan centre - it will remain closed till April 7. The Fengshan centre, which was closed on March 24, has the secon
Singapore

Coronavirus: PCF Sparkletots pre-schools reopen but Fengshan centre to remain closed till April 7

SINGAPORE - The PAP Community Foundation (PCF), which operates 360 Sparkletots pre-schools here, has reopened all its schools except the Fengshan centre - it will remain closed till April 7. The Fengshan centre, which was closed on March 24, has the second largest Covid-19 cluster, with at least 26 confirmed cases. Only Safra Jurong has more confirmed cases. All Sparkletots pre-schools were shut for four days from March 26 to allow for a thorough cleaning of premises and frequently touched surfaces, including toys, sleeping cots and shared learning resources. Minister for Social and Family Development Desmond Lee said that the country's largest pre-school operator has reviewed its standard operating procedures and guidelines with its staff. This included refresher training on health, hygiene, and safety practices for all staff. In a March 29 letter to parents, PCF’s chief executive Victor Bay apologised for closing all the centres on short notice, explaining that it was necessary to safeguard the health and well-being of the children and staff. 

Firms should support staff who need 2nd job due to Covid-19; those cutting wages should offer 13-month bonus, help low-wage workers: NWC

SINGAPORE - Employers should support local staff who want to take on a second job to supplement their income if they have been affected by measures such as reduced working hours or temporary layoffs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said a tripartite council. Su
Singapore

Firms should support staff who need 2nd job due to Covid-19; those cutting wages should offer 13-month bonus, help low-wage workers: NWC

SINGAPORE - Employers should support local staff who want to take on a second job to supplement their income if they have been affected by measures such as reduced working hours or temporary layoffs due to the Covid-19 pandemic, said a tripartite council. Such workers could be looking for a part-time or temporary job with other companies, said the National Wages Council (NWC) in releasing its annual guidelines on Monday (March 30). It also made recommendations on key considerations employers should make if they have to cut pay in order to save jobs. But it stressed that employers affected by the coronavirus outbreak should first reduce non-wage costs and tap government support, while pressing on with business and workforce transformation. Only those who need to should turn to trimming wage bills. Retrenchment should be a last resort, and employers doing so should ensure they conduct the exercise responsibly and in accordance with the tripartite advisory which was updated earlier this month, said the council, which comprises representatives from employers, unions and the Government.

Singaporean shares experience of serving stay-home notice in Sentosa hotel

If you've ever wondered what being confined within four walls for 14 days feels like, this Singaporean has given the low-down on her experience. On the contrary, it's nowhere near as dreary as it sounds. Having just returned to Singapore from where she was
Singapore

Singaporean shares experience of serving stay-home notice in Sentosa hotel

If you've ever wondered what being confined within four walls for 14 days feels like, this Singaporean has given the low-down on her experience. On the contrary, it's nowhere near as dreary as it sounds. Having just returned to Singapore from where she was based in Berlin, Germany on Friday (March 27), Winifred Wong, 28, decided to document her experience on Instagram. As of March 21, anyone entering Singapore is required to serve a 14-day stay-home notice (SHN), and from March 25, those returning from the UK and US are required to serve their notice in a dedicated hotel. Having made a transition in Heathrow Airport, Wong, too, was required to serve her notice in a hotel. After receiving her SHN along with plenty of instruction sheets, she and several others were escorted towards their assigned hotel — Village Hotel Singapore.

Singapore coronavirus response offers lessons in reducing infections for the rest of the world, research shows

Quarantining infected people, workplace distancing and school closures are most effective in combating the spread of the new coronavirus, when implemented all at once, according to new research looking at Singapore's response to the disease. Researchers fro
Singapore

Singapore coronavirus response offers lessons in reducing infections for the rest of the world, research shows

Quarantining infected people, workplace distancing and school closures are most effective in combating the spread of the new coronavirus, when implemented all at once, according to new research looking at Singapore's response to the disease. Researchers from the National University of Singapore saw a dramatic drop in projected cases when all three physical distancing measures were taken together. But they warned that if a large number of people in the community had no symptoms, or if infection rates were very high, the policies had a much reduced effect. Singapore has used a policy of testing and tracing of Covid-19 patients to limit the virus spread, without ordering a widespread lockdown of society, as many cities and countries around the world have done. But the city state on Tuesday announced new measures to shut down bars and other entertainment venues and cancel religious services and after-school activities, a day after reporting 54 new infections, bringing the total number of cases to 509.

PM Lee warns against scam e-mail purportedly sent by him

SINGAPORE - An e-mail purportedly sent by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been circulating online, and he has reported this to the police. The e-mail, claiming to be sent on behalf of the Government, provides an update on the Covid-19 outbreak and encoura
Singapore

PM Lee warns against scam e-mail purportedly sent by him

SINGAPORE - An e-mail purportedly sent by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has been circulating online, and he has reported this to the police. The e-mail, claiming to be sent on behalf of the Government, provides an update on the Covid-19 outbreak and encourages readers to respond with their thoughts about the situation. In a Facebook post on Monday (March 30), PM Lee wrote: «If you receive such an e-mail, do not respond to it. Also do not provide any personal information. And please do not forward it to your friends and family.» He added: «These are unscrupulous characters trying to exploit the current crisis to dupe you. Be extra careful, and stay safe online.»

Why are there so few coronavirus infections in Singapore's health workers?

Uncooperative patients, long hours and a lack of protective equipment are hampering health care workers across the world as they take the fight to the coronavirus, leading many to fall sick themselves. In Malaysia, a pregnant woman who did not disclose that
Singapore

Why are there so few coronavirus infections in Singapore's health workers?

Uncooperative patients, long hours and a lack of protective equipment are hampering health care workers across the world as they take the fight to the coronavirus, leading many to fall sick themselves. In Malaysia, a pregnant woman who did not disclose that her father was infected tested positive after giving birth, leading to the shutdown of the entire hospital for cleaning. In the Philippines, nine doctors have died, two of whom had dealt with a patient who lied about her travel history. In Spain, where more than 5,400 health care workers have been infected, accounting for about 14 per cent of the country's patients, there are no longer enough workers to care for patients. In Italy, which has more than 69,000 patients, the virus killed a doctor who had no choice but to work without gloves. In the United States, which has surpassed China to become the world's most infected nation with more than 83,000 people testing positive for Covid-19, hospitals are being overrun with patients.

Nintendo Switch sells out globally with prices rising locally

If you are looking to pick up a Nintendo Switch to beat the quarantine blues in light of Covid-19, you may want to brace yourself for disappointment. Global stock for the official, US$300 (S$430) console has become impossibly low, even on the usual platforms
Singapore

Nintendo Switch sells out globally with prices rising locally

If you are looking to pick up a Nintendo Switch to beat the quarantine blues in light of Covid-19, you may want to brace yourself for disappointment. Global stock for the official, US$300 (S$430) console has become impossibly low, even on the usual platforms of Amazon, Best Buy, and eBay. In a statement to GameSpot, Nintendo acknowledged the situation, and expressed that the supply will be renewed in the near future, «Nintendo Switch hardware is selling out at various retail locations in the US, but more systems are on the way. We apologise for any inconvenience.» Of course, there are ways to go about the problem, but they do not come cheap. Third-party sellers are selling the Switch at ridiculously premium prices, with the cheapest on Amazon being US$439 (standard two-week shipping) and US$480 (immediate shipping).

SingHealth to give out digital MCs from March 31

Patients visiting hospitals, polyclinics and most national speciality centres under SingHealth will receive digital medical certificates (MCs) instead of hard-copy versions from tomorrow. The new DigiMC system developed by the Government Technology Agency (G
Singapore

SingHealth to give out digital MCs from March 31

Patients visiting hospitals, polyclinics and most national speciality centres under SingHealth will receive digital medical certificates (MCs) instead of hard-copy versions from tomorrow. The new DigiMC system developed by the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) will also be used at private institutions such as Raffles Medical and Mount Alvernia Hospital. «Digital MCs offer patients greater convenience, streamlines clinical and administrative workflows and is environmentally-friendly,» said Dr Goh Min Liong, SingHealth's group chief medical informatics officer. Raffles Medical launched a DigiMC pilot this month and aims to roll the system out fully by June, barring delays arising from the coronavirus situation, a spokesman told The Straits Times. Mount Alvernia also plans to roll the system out in a few months. But the system will not be implemented at the National Neuroscience Institute, which is also under SingHealth, by tomorrow, ST understands. This is because it is located at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital campus under the National Healthcare Group (NHG), another public healthcare cluster.