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Commentary: Social distancing works, even if it doesn't immediately show results

Staying at home is one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19, says epidemiologist Abram Wagner.
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Commentary: Social distancing works, even if it doesn't immediately show results

Staying at home is one of the most effective ways to slow the spread of COVID-19, says epidemiologist Abram Wagner.

Overcrowded Thai dog shelter blames coronavirus for drop in donations

Cramped tooth and claw in a vast cages, hundreds of dogs pass the day sleeping, fighting, or waiting to be fed at a controversial Thai shelter that does not believe in adoptions and blames a drop in donations on the coronavirus.
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Overcrowded Thai dog shelter blames coronavirus for drop in donations

Cramped tooth and claw in a vast cages, hundreds of dogs pass the day sleeping, fighting, or waiting to be fed at a controversial Thai shelter that does not believe in adoptions and blames a drop in donations on the coronavirus.

'Darknet' sellers tout face masks for bitcoin, researchers say

"Darknet" trading platforms where contraband from drugs to stolen credit cards usually change hands are offering face masks and other coronavirus-related gear in return for bitcoin, researchers said on Monday.
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'Darknet' sellers tout face masks for bitcoin, researchers say

"Darknet" trading platforms where contraband from drugs to stolen credit cards usually change hands are offering face masks and other coronavirus-related gear in return for bitcoin, researchers said on Monday.

Uber connects out-of-work US ride-hail drivers to delivery, production jobs

Uber Technologies Inc said on Monday its app will list job openings in the delivery, food production and grocery industry that can be accessed by its U.S. drivers who have been hit by a slump in ride-hailing demand due to the coronavirus.
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Uber connects out-of-work US ride-hail drivers to delivery, production jobs

Uber Technologies Inc said on Monday its app will list job openings in the delivery, food production and grocery industry that can be accessed by its U.S. drivers who have been hit by a slump in ride-hailing demand due to the coronavirus.

Pakistan police clash with doctors protesting lack of virus protection gear

Riot police wielding batons used force to break up a protest by Pakistani doctors and medical staff against a lack of gear to protect against coronavirus, arresting dozens of medics who say the government has failed to deliver promised supplies.
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Pakistan police clash with doctors protesting lack of virus protection gear

Riot police wielding batons used force to break up a protest by Pakistani doctors and medical staff against a lack of gear to protect against coronavirus, arresting dozens of medics who say the government has failed to deliver promised supplies.

Indonesia announces biggest daily rise in coronavirus cases, 24 doctors now dead

Indonesia announced its biggest daily increase in novel coronavirus cases on Monday and a medical association said 24 doctors had now died after contracting the virus.
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Indonesia announces biggest daily rise in coronavirus cases, 24 doctors now dead

Indonesia announced its biggest daily increase in novel coronavirus cases on Monday and a medical association said 24 doctors had now died after contracting the virus.

Singapore launches Covid-19 online symptom checker

An automated resource website specifically created to help people living in Singapore spot Coronavirus symptoms, and help them decide on what their next step should be based on the severity of their symptoms, the Singapore Covid-19 symptom checker, was launch
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Singapore launches Covid-19 online symptom checker

An automated resource website specifically created to help people living in Singapore spot Coronavirus symptoms, and help them decide on what their next step should be based on the severity of their symptoms, the Singapore Covid-19 symptom checker, was launched Friday (3 April). This is a joint collaboration by the National University Health System (NUHS), National Centre for Infectious Disease (NCID) and the Ministry of Health Office for Healthcare Transformation (MOHT). Covid-19 symptom checker Online screening platform The Singapore Covid-19 symptom checker, found at www.sgcovidcheck.com is an online screening tool that enables the user to run a customised, self-check based on their symptoms and get basic advice on what they should do next, ranging from «observe yourself for 2-3 days», to «Go to the nearest emergency at your local hospital.» The symptom checker can also be found on MOH's website under Covid-19 Resources and on MOH's HealthHub app.

Mum and co-founder of Lunch Actually Singapore tested positive for Covid-19

«I am case 667. No, this is not a belated April's Fool joke,» was what Violet Lim, Co-founder of Lunch Actually-one of Asia's leading online dating services-started off in her recent Facebook post, detailing her experience with being tested positi
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Mum and co-founder of Lunch Actually Singapore tested positive for Covid-19

«I am case 667. No, this is not a belated April's Fool joke,» was what Violet Lim, Co-founder of Lunch Actually-one of Asia's leading online dating services-started off in her recent Facebook post, detailing her experience with being tested positive for Covid-19. https://www.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10156745019981695&id=6472… It is no April's Fool joke considering Lim's cautious approach to preventing risk of infection. «Cautious in the sense of washing and disinfecting my hands regularly, not going to crowded places and even cancelling my 40th birthday celebration in February to avoid bringing together large crowds,» shared the mumpreneur of two kids. Throbbing headache According to Lim, it all started on March 25 when she woke up in the wee hours with a «throbbing headache» and «unfamiliar tightness» in her chest. Following that, she got out of her bed (5 metres away) to get some water, only to experience shortness of breath.

Throngs queue up outside Ikea prior to store closures due to circuit breaker

Following the announcement on April 3 that Singapore would see month-long closures of schools and most workplaces from April 7 to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the weekend saw throngs of people rushing out to grab necessities. Which, apparently, inc
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Throngs queue up outside Ikea prior to store closures due to circuit breaker

Following the announcement on April 3 that Singapore would see month-long closures of schools and most workplaces from April 7 to stem the spread of the coronavirus, the weekend saw throngs of people rushing out to grab necessities. Which, apparently, included furniture from Ikea. Photos of a long queue snaking outside Ikea's Alexandra outlet were first posted onto Twitter on April 4. Some people were spotted wearing surgical masks while others had young children in tow. https://twitter.com/infernoxv/status/1246450153872961537 A similar situation was observed at Tampines' branch. In earlier photos posted onto social media a weekend prior, the alleged waiting time to enter the premise was an hour.

All adult Singaporeans to receive one-off $600 Solidarity Payment in April to cope with Covid-19

SINGAPORE - To help households cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, all Singaporeans aged 21 and above will now receive a one-off payout of $600, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Monday (April 6). The payout, which will be known as t
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All adult Singaporeans to receive one-off $600 Solidarity Payment in April to cope with Covid-19

SINGAPORE - To help households cope with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, all Singaporeans aged 21 and above will now receive a one-off payout of $600, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Monday (April 6). The payout, which will be known as the Solidarity Payment, consists of a $300 payout from the previously announced Care and Support package which has been brought forward, as well as an additional payout of $300, said Mr Heng, who is also the Finance Minister. It will cost the Government an additional $1.1 billion. Other cash payouts under the Care and Support Package that were announced earlier will be brought forward to June, instead of August and September. These include the remaining $300 or $600 from the higher tiers of the cash payout from the package, the additional $300 payout for each parent with at least one child aged 20 and below this year, and the $100 PAssion Card top-up for Singaporeans aged 50 and above this year.

All firms to get 75% wage subsidy for local employees in April to help tide over coronavirus crisis: DPM Heng

SINGAPORE - Firms in all sectors will have 75 per cent of their local employees' wages subsidised for the month of April, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Monday (April 6). They will also receive the first payout under the enhanced Jobs Support S
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All firms to get 75% wage subsidy for local employees in April to help tide over coronavirus crisis: DPM Heng

SINGAPORE - Firms in all sectors will have 75 per cent of their local employees' wages subsidised for the month of April, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Monday (April 6). They will also receive the first payout under the enhanced Jobs Support Scheme (JSS) this month, instead of next month (May), he told Parliament in announcing a third set of measures to save businesses and jobs from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The wage subsidy applies to the first $4,600 of wages paid this month for each of the more than 1.9 million Singaporean and permanent resident employees. Mr Heng said this enhanced payout will also be brought forward from May to April to help businesses with their cash flow. The scheme - first announced during the Budget in February - was enhanced in the Supplementary Budget in March to provide a subsidy of 25 per cent of the wages of all local employees, with higher subsidies of 50 per cent for those in food services and 75 per cent for those in tourism and aviation. The payouts were to be in three tranches in May, July and October, with the monthly wage cap raised from $3,600 to $4,6000.

Covid-19 self-employed relief scheme to include those with some employment income, higher property annual value threshold

SINGAPORE - The Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (Sirs) will be extended to include self-employed people who also earn a small income from employment, as well as those who live in properties with an annual value of up to $21,000. Deputy Prime Minist
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Covid-19 self-employed relief scheme to include those with some employment income, higher property annual value threshold

SINGAPORE - The Self-Employed Person Income Relief Scheme (Sirs) will be extended to include self-employed people who also earn a small income from employment, as well as those who live in properties with an annual value of up to $21,000. Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced these enhancements in Parliament on Monday (April 6), as part of a third budget to help tide Singaporeans through the Covid-19 pandemic. Sirs, which was first announced on March 26, will disburse $9,000 in cash over nine months to eligible self-employed people. But some felt the criteria were too stringent. It previously excluded those living in properties with an annual value of more than $13,000 and those who earned any income as employees. Mr Heng on Monday said he would extend the scheme to automatically include self-employed persons who also earn a small income from employment work. He will also raise the annual value threshold from $13,000 to $21,000, to include those who live in some condominiums and other private properties.

Commentary: China's COVID-19 push for global influence

This coronavirus outbreak, China has kept its eye on the prize of displacing the US as the go-to major power in global crises, says Ramesh Thakur.
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Commentary: China's COVID-19 push for global influence

This coronavirus outbreak, China has kept its eye on the prize of displacing the US as the go-to major power in global crises, says Ramesh Thakur.

Fiji Rugby players, staff take 40% pay cut in response to virus

Fiji Rugby said contracted players and staff had agreed to pay cuts of 40 percent Monday as part of a cost-cutting drive to remain viable during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Fiji Rugby players, staff take 40% pay cut in response to virus

Fiji Rugby said contracted players and staff had agreed to pay cuts of 40 percent Monday as part of a cost-cutting drive to remain viable during the COVID-19 pandemic.

New Singapore study shows early immune system response in Covid-19 patients could cause respiratory distress

SINGAPORE - When a virus invades a body, the development of the disease is often determined by how the immune system reacts to the infection. Most of the time, the immune system mounts a protective response. But sometimes, that response can be harmful too, e
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New Singapore study shows early immune system response in Covid-19 patients could cause respiratory distress

SINGAPORE - When a virus invades a body, the development of the disease is often determined by how the immune system reacts to the infection. Most of the time, the immune system mounts a protective response. But sometimes, that response can be harmful too, experts say. If the immune system kicks into overdrive, for instance, it could stimulate the over-production of proteins called cytokines, which can cause inflammation. Cytokines are molecular messengers of the immune system. For Covid-19 patients, this cytokine storm can lead to symptoms such as breathlessness or respiratory distress. Now, a team of Singapore scientists have found that patients with Covid-19 could have a dynamic and fluctuating immune response to the virus, particularly in the early stages of the disease. For instance, when the immune system responded in a way that caused the body to produce more cytokines, it correlated with the period when the patients became more sick and experienced respiratory distress, such as breathlessness. The study was published last week in the scientific journal Cell Host and Microbe.

Netizens praise Wellington Primary School sisters who dropped supportive note to pest controllers 

Two students from Wellington Primary School have won the hearts of local netizens for showing compassion via high-rise littering.  I kid, I kid, they had great intentions. Sisters Cui En and Cui Ying — aged 12 and 11 respectively — had spotted pest con
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Netizens praise Wellington Primary School sisters who dropped supportive note to pest controllers 

Two students from Wellington Primary School have won the hearts of local netizens for showing compassion via high-rise littering.  I kid, I kid, they had great intentions. Sisters Cui En and Cui Ying — aged 12 and 11 respectively — had spotted pest control workers resting at the foot of their HDB block in Canberra Walk and decided to show some love with a heartfelt handwritten note.  PHOTO: Facebook / Mamaa EetaaWritten on the Wellington Primary School foolscap sheet was a wonderful message of encouragement to the pest control workers. This was what the Cui sisters wrote:  “To three of you, we both are sisters and we do hope you all have a nice day! And if you feel like giving up, we might not be there but we are counting on you to do well in your work! Have a very nice day! Hope we make your day!”

GnB Comics Singapore is having an awesome sale to help you get through quarantine

In the event you've burned through your stash of video games and TV shows while you're stuck at home, help is at hand. GnB Comics, an indie comic book store in Singapore, is stepping up to provide valuable geeky reading material while you're stuck indoors.
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GnB Comics Singapore is having an awesome sale to help you get through quarantine

In the event you've burned through your stash of video games and TV shows while you're stuck at home, help is at hand. GnB Comics, an indie comic book store in Singapore, is stepping up to provide valuable geeky reading material while you're stuck indoors. The only catch is you'll have to drop by 6th April 2020 before the store closes to adhere to the Singapore government's Covid-19 preventive measures. The sweetest part of this deal would be the USD to SGD direct dollar value sale for all trade paperbacks. This means if a paperback is going for US$30 (S$43), it will be sold for $30 which is an awesome deal! Given the current retail situation, do consider supporting your local comic book store as we get through this together.

Illicit trade takes a beating during coronavirus outbreak

For more than two hours, the three women sat patiently on discoloured plastic chairs a few metres apart, dolling up their faces as cars drove past. A handful of men walking along Lorong 16 Geylang did not stop, despite the women giving them knowing smiles.
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Illicit trade takes a beating during coronavirus outbreak

For more than two hours, the three women sat patiently on discoloured plastic chairs a few metres apart, dolling up their faces as cars drove past. A handful of men walking along Lorong 16 Geylang did not stop, despite the women giving them knowing smiles. The trio were the only sex workers spotted at 10pm last Thursday in an area known for its licensed brothels. But this part of Geylang has now turned into a ghost town, The Straits Times observed. Following a March 26 order by the authorities to close down entertainment outlets till April 30, as one of the measures to contain the spread of Covid-19, licensed brothels have also been affected. Where pimps used to stand outside the brothels that dot Geylang Lorongs 16 to 20, now there are locked gates and unlit red lanterns. The coronavirus, which has so far claimed six lives and infected more than 1,100 people here, has explicitly changed the landscape of this red light district and ailed various vice trades.

Huawei pay launches in Singapore for contactless payment

Huawei users in Singapore can finally use their phones to make contactless payment with the new Huawei Pay feature. The announcement came from Huawei who stated the launch of their new mobile payment feature is in collaboration with UnionPay by Huawei Mobil
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Huawei pay launches in Singapore for contactless payment

Huawei users in Singapore can finally use their phones to make contactless payment with the new Huawei Pay feature. The announcement came from Huawei who stated the launch of their new mobile payment feature is in collaboration with UnionPay by Huawei Mobile Services. This comes just a day ahead of the Huawei P40's launch on April 4, 2020. PHOTO: HuaweiWith Huawei Pay, users will be able to make contactless, cashless payment service much like Apple Pay and Google Pay by simply tapping their smartphones on Point-Of-Sale (POS) terminals in stores. Security is also ensured as Huawei Pay uses biometric authentication methods such as facial and fingerprint recognition to authenticate customers before any payment is made. Huawei Pay will already come preloaded onto the newly launched P40 units while older Huawei and Honor models can have the app downloaded from Huawei's AppGallery.

Singapore millennials bond over food on Instagram during stay-home notices in hotels

When Singaporean Denvy Lo, 38, learned she would have to serve a stay-home notice for 14 days after returning from San Francisco, she was filled with dread. The recruiter has claustrophobia, a condition which can trigger anxiety or panic attacks when she is
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Singapore millennials bond over food on Instagram during stay-home notices in hotels

When Singaporean Denvy Lo, 38, learned she would have to serve a stay-home notice for 14 days after returning from San Francisco, she was filled with dread. The recruiter has claustrophobia, a condition which can trigger anxiety or panic attacks when she is in an enclosed area, and she was worried about having to stay in an unfamiliar place which was not first carefully selected by her. «As someone with claustrophobia, whenever I travel … I tend to pick hotels that don't have closed windows or opt for a seat with more space when flying,» said Lo, who arrived back on March 27 as part of the first batch Singaporean returnees. «But this was something I couldn't control because of the Covid-19 situation.» But Lo relaxed when she was housed in a hotel room with large windows after she made her condition known, and began logging her experience on Instagram to ease the worries of her loved ones.

US braces for 'hardest' week as coronavirus deaths mount

The United States enters one of the most critical weeks so far in the coronavirus crisis with the death toll exploding in New York, Michigan and Louisiana and some governors calling for a national order to stay at home.
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US braces for 'hardest' week as coronavirus deaths mount

The United States enters one of the most critical weeks so far in the coronavirus crisis with the death toll exploding in New York, Michigan and Louisiana and some governors calling for a national order to stay at home.

Solid chip sales unlikely to cushion Samsung's virus-hit first-quarter profit

The coronavirus-driven global shift to working from home is set to have boosted demand for Samsung Electronics' memory chips from laptop makers and data centres, but first-quarter profits are likely to remain flat as the outbreak weakened consumer electronic
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Solid chip sales unlikely to cushion Samsung's virus-hit first-quarter profit

The coronavirus-driven global shift to working from home is set to have boosted demand for Samsung Electronics' memory chips from laptop makers and data centres, but first-quarter profits are likely to remain flat as the outbreak weakened consumer electronics sales.

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