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Exclusive - Amazon pauses sellers' loan repayments amid coronavirus

Amazon.com Inc on Wednesday said it temporarily would not require sellers in its marketplace to repay loans it had made to them, as merchants confront the prospect of declining sales during the coronavirus pandemic.

Bournemouth's Ramsdale confirms tested positive for COVID-19

Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale says he tested positive for COVID-19 in the second round of testing, three days after returning a negative result in the first batch of tests.
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Bournemouth's Ramsdale confirms tested positive for COVID-19

Bournemouth goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale says he tested positive for COVID-19 in the second round of testing, three days after returning a negative result in the first batch of tests.

Masks too dangerous for children under two, Japan medical group says

Children under the age of two shouldn't wear masks because they can make breathing difficult and increase the risk of choking, a Japan medical group said, launching an urgent appeal to parents as the country reopens from the coronavirus crisis.
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Masks too dangerous for children under two, Japan medical group says

Children under the age of two shouldn't wear masks because they can make breathing difficult and increase the risk of choking, a Japan medical group said, launching an urgent appeal to parents as the country reopens from the coronavirus crisis.

Japan shares hit 10-week peak, S&P 500 tests 3,000

Asian shares forged ahead on Tuesday while U.S. stock futures challenged a major chart barrier as investors looked past Sino-U.S. trade tensions to more stimulus in China and a re-opening world economy.
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Japan shares hit 10-week peak, S&P 500 tests 3,000

Asian shares forged ahead on Tuesday while U.S. stock futures challenged a major chart barrier as investors looked past Sino-U.S. trade tensions to more stimulus in China and a re-opening world economy.

Japan gives up approving Fujifilm's Avigan drug for COVID-19 by May-end

Japan's government has given up on approving Fujifilm Holdings Corp's Avigan drug for the treatment of COVID-19 by the end of May, Kyodo News reported late on Monday citing a government official.
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Japan gives up approving Fujifilm's Avigan drug for COVID-19 by May-end

Japan's government has given up on approving Fujifilm Holdings Corp's Avigan drug for the treatment of COVID-19 by the end of May, Kyodo News reported late on Monday citing a government official.

Passers-by help driver who breaks down upon news of husband's death

A video of a group of passers-by assisting a bus captain after she could not continue driving has gone viral. According to the Facebook group Singapore Bus Drivers community, the Tower Transit bus driver broke down after she learnt that her husband had died.
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Passers-by help driver who breaks down upon news of husband's death

A video of a group of passers-by assisting a bus captain after she could not continue driving has gone viral. According to the Facebook group Singapore Bus Drivers community, the Tower Transit bus driver broke down after she learnt that her husband had died. In the video uploaded on Sunday, one of the passers-by, believed to be from a nearby block of flats, said they were alerted to the woman's plight after they heard her crying. TOO EMOTIONAL The incident took place at about 11pm on May 23 at a bus stop on Clementi Avenue 1. The bus captain, who was driving service 189, could be seen sobbing and clutching a mobile phone, with a box of tissues placed next to her. She appeared to be too emotional to continue with the journey.

S'pore heads for deeper recession: 2020 growth forecast cut to between -7 and -4% on Covid-19 impact

SINGAPORE - Singapore will sink into a deeper recession than earlier forecast this year amid the deterioration in global demand from the coronavirus pandemic as well as the expected impact of circuit breaker measures at home. The economy will shrink by 7 to
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S'pore heads for deeper recession: 2020 growth forecast cut to between -7 and -4% on Covid-19 impact

SINGAPORE - Singapore will sink into a deeper recession than earlier forecast this year amid the deterioration in global demand from the coronavirus pandemic as well as the expected impact of circuit breaker measures at home. The economy will shrink by 7 to 4 per cent, worse than the 4 to 1 per cent contraction earlier predicted, said the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) on Tuesday (May 26). MTI said that there were significant uncertainties in the global economy, with a risk that subsequent waves of infections in major economies such as the United States and Eurozone could further disrupt economic activity. In particular, if infections start to rise and strict measures such as lockdowns and movement restrictions are reimposed, the downturn in these economies could be more severe and prolonged than expected. Also, a growing perception of diminished ability to use fiscal and monetary stimulus in many major economies could damage confidence in authorities' ability to respond to shocks, undermining risk appetite and driving further financial market volatility, with negative spillovers for the broader global economy, it said.

Less than half of residents agreeable to phone tracking to fight virus

Singaporeans are willing to give up some privacy in the fight against Covid-19. But the type of technology and how it is used also matters. A study by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) released on Sunday revealed that less than half, or 49 per cent, of
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Less than half of residents agreeable to phone tracking to fight virus

Singaporeans are willing to give up some privacy in the fight against Covid-19. But the type of technology and how it is used also matters. A study by the Institute of Policy Studies (IPS) released on Sunday revealed that less than half, or 49 per cent, of Singapore residents are agreeable to having their mobile phone data tracked without their consent. When it comes to the use of closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage to monitor people's movements during the circuit breaker period, nearly six in 10, or 58 per cent, were agreeable to the idea. Senior research fellow and IPS Social Lab head Mathew Mathews said CCTVs symbolise safety and people see it as devices to stop crimes. «When you think about mobile phones, you think of something personal and private... the thought that this device that is so much part of your life is also tracking your movements can be unnerving,» he said. The IPS report, co-authored by IPS Social Lab researchers Dr Mathews, Dr Alex Tan and Mr Syafiq Suhaini, examined attitudes towards the use of surveillance technologies in the fight against Covid-19.

Samsung Group heir questioned by prosecutors over a 2015 deal

Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee on Tuesday was summoned and questioned by prosecutors over a controversial 2015 merger of two of the group's affiliates, Yonhap News Agency said.
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Samsung Group heir questioned by prosecutors over a 2015 deal

Samsung Group heir Jay Y. Lee on Tuesday was summoned and questioned by prosecutors over a controversial 2015 merger of two of the group's affiliates, Yonhap News Agency said.

World needs 'green recovery', health experts tell G20 leaders

Trillions of dollars, euros and yuan pouring into post-pandemic economies must build a "healthy and green recovery", 200 medical groups representing 40 million health professionals worldwide told G20 leaders Tuesday in an open letter.
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World needs 'green recovery', health experts tell G20 leaders

Trillions of dollars, euros and yuan pouring into post-pandemic economies must build a "healthy and green recovery", 200 medical groups representing 40 million health professionals worldwide told G20 leaders Tuesday in an open letter.

Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.
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Scientists fight online coronavirus misinformation war

With cat photos and sometimes scathing irony, Mathieu Rebeaud, a Swiss-based researcher in biochemistry, has nearly tripled his Twitter following since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Covid-19: 6-year-old Singaporean child among 344 new cases recorded on Monday

[UPDATED, 11.16pm] The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 344 new coronavirus cases in Singapore today (May 25). Out of these, there are six community cases while the remaining cases come from Work Permit holders living in dormitories. Of the six c
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Covid-19: 6-year-old Singaporean child among 344 new cases recorded on Monday

[UPDATED, 11.16pm] The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed 344 new coronavirus cases in Singapore today (May 25). Out of these, there are six community cases while the remaining cases come from Work Permit holders living in dormitories. Of the six community cases, four are Singaporeans/Permanent Residents while two are Work Permit holders. Among the new community cases is a 25-year-old Singaporean female who went to work at Learning Vision @ NUHS after a swab test. Another is a 6-year-old Singaporean female child who developed symptoms on May 20, and is a household contact of previously confirmed Covid-19 cases. For the first time, MOH has also provided a list of public places that confirmed cases in the community had visited for more than 30 minutes. A confirmed case has visited Jurong Point's NTUC FairPrice on May 20 from 4.30pm to 6pm. On May 21, a confirmed case visited Jurong Point's Shokutsu Ten Japanese Food Street from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Covid-19: 344 new cases recorded on Monday

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 344 new coronavirus cases in Singapore today (May 25). Out of these, the vast majority are cases involving work permit holders residing in dormitories and four are Singaporeans or Permanent Residents
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Covid-19: 344 new cases recorded on Monday

The Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 344 new coronavirus cases in Singapore today (May 25). Out of these, the vast majority are cases involving work permit holders residing in dormitories and four are Singaporeans or Permanent Residents. The lower number of cases today is partly due to fewer tests being conducted, said MOH. This brings the total number of cases to 31,960, with 14,876 patients discharged and 23 deaths. MOH will share more details in its update later tonight. For the latest updates on the coronavirus, visit here. melissagoh@asiaone.com

President Halimah Yacob gives in-principle support to draw on reserves for 4th coronavirus support package

SINGAPORE - President Halimah Yacob on Monday (May 25) said she has given her in-principle support for the Government to draw on the nation's reserves for a fourth support package to help businesses and people cope with the economic fallout from the Covid-19
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President Halimah Yacob gives in-principle support to draw on reserves for 4th coronavirus support package

SINGAPORE - President Halimah Yacob on Monday (May 25) said she has given her in-principle support for the Government to draw on the nation's reserves for a fourth support package to help businesses and people cope with the economic fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic. In a Facebook post, Madam Halimah said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat and his team of ministers had briefed her and the Council of Presidential Advisers (CPA) last week on the fourth Covid-19 support package. «This is the fourth Budget within two months into the new financial year, and the second time past reserves are tapped for the Government's Covid-19 response,» she said. The coronavirus crisis is unprecedented, she said, and the situation remains volatile, with significant uncertainties in global economy. «Lives and livelihoods continue to be at stake. It is critical that we re-open safely, so economic activities will remain slow even as we try to restart them,» she said. «Having deliberated and considered the recommendation of the CPA, I am satisfied that the fourth support package is necessary to ensure a safe transition to this new normal for Singapore.»

Saliva ban would be temporary, says ICC's Kumble

A recommendation banning the use of saliva to shine a cricket ball when the sport resumes after the novel coronavirus shutdown is only a temporary measure, Anil Kumble, the chairman of the International Cricket Council's Cricket Committee, has said.
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Saliva ban would be temporary, says ICC's Kumble

A recommendation banning the use of saliva to shine a cricket ball when the sport resumes after the novel coronavirus shutdown is only a temporary measure, Anil Kumble, the chairman of the International Cricket Council's Cricket Committee, has said.

Players eager to restart contact training, says Palace's Townsend

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend says players are "desperate" to return to contact training and that he is encouraged by the results of the Premier League's testing regime for the new coronavirus.
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Players eager to restart contact training, says Palace's Townsend

Crystal Palace winger Andros Townsend says players are "desperate" to return to contact training and that he is encouraged by the results of the Premier League's testing regime for the new coronavirus.

200,000 migrant workers get special Hari Raya Puasa meal

SINGAPORE - Some 200,000 migrant workers living in dormitories were given a special lunch menu, including mutton biryani and chicken chop rice, to celebrate Hari Raya Puasa on Sunday (May 24). Workers in 58 places across the island were also surprised with
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200,000 migrant workers get special Hari Raya Puasa meal

SINGAPORE - Some 200,000 migrant workers living in dormitories were given a special lunch menu, including mutton biryani and chicken chop rice, to celebrate Hari Raya Puasa on Sunday (May 24). Workers in 58 places across the island were also surprised with Hari Raya cookies prepared with the help of 15 home-based bakers in an effort to spread festive cheer. The initiative was organised by the inter-agency task force to support migrant workers, the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Muis) and the Singapore Malay Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SMCCI). Partially funded by donations from the community through mosques and organisations like the Association of Muslim Professionals and Singapore Muslim Women Association, the initiative comes after two gruelling months for many migrant workers. They have been disproportionately affected by the spread of the coronavirus, with 28,806 out of 323,000 workers who live in dorms, or nearly 9 per cent, testing positive for Covid-19 as of Saturday.

Earthquake strikes near New Zealand's capital Wellington, no immediate damage reported

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck near New Zealand’s capital Wellington on Monday (May 25), but there were no immediate reports of damage. The earthquake was 37 kms deep and the epicentre was 30 km northwest of Levin, a city in New Z
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Earthquake strikes near New Zealand's capital Wellington, no immediate damage reported

WELLINGTON (REUTERS) - A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck near New Zealand’s capital Wellington on Monday (May 25), but there were no immediate reports of damage. The earthquake was 37 kms deep and the epicentre was 30 km northwest of Levin, a city in New Zealand’s North Island close to Wellington, according to Geonet. It was followed by a 3.5-magnitude quake, then one of 3.6, then 3.7. Geonet first classified the earthquake as magnitude 5.9. Emergency services in Wellington City said there were no immediate reports of damage. All trains in Wellington were suspended while engineers assessed the impact, the city’s Metlink service said on Twitter. A Reuters witness felt strong shaking in Wellington. Emergency officials said there were no immediate reports of damage. Several residents reported strong shaking. “Not what we need right now...,” Finance Minister Grant Robertson said in a tweet. New Zealand lies on the seismically active “Ring of Fire”, a 40,000-km arc of volcanoes and ocean trenches girdling much of the Pacific Ocean.

More support for social service sector in upcoming Budget: DPM Heng Swee Keat

SINGAPORE - The upcoming Budget will include ways to better support the social service sector, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Sunday (May 24). In a Facebook post, Mr Heng said he received many good ideas from 30 social service organisations dur
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More support for social service sector in upcoming Budget: DPM Heng Swee Keat

SINGAPORE - The upcoming Budget will include ways to better support the social service sector, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat on Sunday (May 24). In a Facebook post, Mr Heng said he received many good ideas from 30 social service organisations during a virtual meeting on Saturday, ahead of his ministerial statement on the fourth round of Covid-19 support measures on Tuesday. «Their passion to serve came through during the dialogue, as they are doing all they can to strengthen support for vulnerable members of our community during the circuit breaker,» said Mr Heng, who is also Finance Minister. He said the discussion touched on how social service agencies can strengthen collaboration and capability building, and difficulties with fundraising during the pandemic. «The circuit breaker has accelerated the shift to digital, as more services are provided online. This highlighted both the potential and also the current constraints of going digital,» said Mr Heng.

China's proposed national security law should be on G7 agenda: Former Hong Kong governor

The United Kingdom should ensure that China's efforts to impose a new national security law on Hong Kong are on the agenda for the G7 meeting in June, Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong wrote in the Financial Times newspaper on Sunday.
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China's proposed national security law should be on G7 agenda: Former Hong Kong governor

The United Kingdom should ensure that China's efforts to impose a new national security law on Hong Kong are on the agenda for the G7 meeting in June, Chris Patten, the last British governor of Hong Kong wrote in the Financial Times newspaper on Sunday.

Coronavirus could cost Mexico a million jobs: President

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Sunday that the novel coronavirus could cost as many as a million jobs in the country as many industries considered not essential remain shut.
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Coronavirus could cost Mexico a million jobs: President

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Sunday that the novel coronavirus could cost as many as a million jobs in the country as many industries considered not essential remain shut.

'We have to ration our meals': Malaysians share their struggles after COVID-19 left them jobless

CNA spoke to five Malaysians who were left unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a daunting experience having no income to make mortgage and loan payments, but they are determined to soldier on.
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'We have to ration our meals': Malaysians share their struggles after COVID-19 left them jobless

CNA spoke to five Malaysians who were left unemployed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has been a daunting experience having no income to make mortgage and loan payments, but they are determined to soldier on.

Rich, but household debt is growing: A time bomb for South Korea?

South Korean households are piling up debt for various reasons, from overspending on credit cards to unemployment to gambling losses. The programme Undercover Asia looks at the causes — and the effects.
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Rich, but household debt is growing: A time bomb for South Korea?

South Korean households are piling up debt for various reasons, from overspending on credit cards to unemployment to gambling losses. The programme Undercover Asia looks at the causes — and the effects.

Russell enjoys runaway success in F1's virtual Monaco GP

George Russell took a runaway win for Williams in Formula One's virtual Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, the day the cancelled showcase race should have taken place in real life.
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Russell enjoys runaway success in F1's virtual Monaco GP

George Russell took a runaway win for Williams in Formula One's virtual Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday, the day the cancelled showcase race should have taken place in real life.

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