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Brazil jumps to world No 2 in COVID-19 cases, behind the US

Brazil became the world No. 2 hotspot for coronavirus cases on Friday, second only to the United States, after it confirmed that 330,890 people had been infected by the virus, overtaking Russia, the Health Ministry said.

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.

Covid-19: Pre-school staff and dormitory worker among 548 new cases on Sunday

[UPDATE 10.50 PM] A total of 548 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Singapore today (May 24). In a statement by the Ministry of Health (MOH), they announced that there are four community cases while the remaining cases come from Work Permit ho
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Covid-19: Pre-school staff and dormitory worker among 548 new cases on Sunday

[UPDATE 10.50 PM] A total of 548 new coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Singapore today (May 24). In a statement by the Ministry of Health (MOH), they announced that there are four community cases while the remaining cases come from Work Permit holders living in dormitories. Of the four community cases, three are Singaporeans/Permanent Residents while one is a Work Permit holder. Among the new community cases is a 33-year-old Singaporean female who works at Iman Childcare (Tampines). She was confirmed to have Covid-19 on May 23. There is also a 55-year-old Singaporean male who works at SSKBJV Dormitory and he went to work as well after onset of symptoms on May 17. The number of new cases in the community has increased, from an average of five cases per day in the week before to an average of six per day in the past week. This is partly due to the active surveillance and screening of nursing home residents and pre-school staff, which have picked up more cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has remained stable at an average of two per day in the past two weeks.

Public returns to St Peter's Square; pope calls for defence of environment

The public returned to St Peter's Square on Sunday to receive Pope Francis's blessing from his window for the first time in nearly three months as he convoked a year of reflection on the environment.
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Public returns to St Peter's Square; pope calls for defence of environment

The public returned to St Peter's Square on Sunday to receive Pope Francis's blessing from his window for the first time in nearly three months as he convoked a year of reflection on the environment.

Covid-19: Singapore reports 548 cases on Sunday

The Ministry of Health has preliminarily confirmed 548 new coronavirus cases in Singapore today (May 24). Most of the new cases are foreign workers living in the dormitories, while three are community cases. Further details will be provided later tonight.
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Covid-19: Singapore reports 548 cases on Sunday

The Ministry of Health has preliminarily confirmed 548 new coronavirus cases in Singapore today (May 24). Most of the new cases are foreign workers living in the dormitories, while three are community cases. Further details will be provided later tonight. A total of 31,616 cases have been reported in Singapore so far, with 13,882 cases discharged and 23 deaths. For the latest updates on the coronavirus, visit here. bryanlim@asiaone.com

On this day: Born May 25, 1979: Jonny Wilkinson, English rugby player

Only Jonny Wilkinson, as a 24-year-old who had just landed the last-gasp drop goal that spectacularly won the 2003 Rugby World Cup for England, could immediately think: "Oh well, can't top that, my career's going to be all downhill from here."
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On this day: Born May 25, 1979: Jonny Wilkinson, English rugby player

Only Jonny Wilkinson, as a 24-year-old who had just landed the last-gasp drop goal that spectacularly won the 2003 Rugby World Cup for England, could immediately think: "Oh well, can't top that, my career's going to be all downhill from here."

The trader who called the 2020 oil crisis

French oil trader Pierre Andurand was catapulted into the spotlight this year after correctly betting that the deadly novel coronavirus would spark a sub-zero oil market collapse.
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The trader who called the 2020 oil crisis

French oil trader Pierre Andurand was catapulted into the spotlight this year after correctly betting that the deadly novel coronavirus would spark a sub-zero oil market collapse.

China exporters look inwards as coronavirus hits overseas markets

Cancelled shipments, returned goods and a dearth of new orders have left China exporters in crisis as the coronavirus hits its trading partners worldwide -- accelerating a long-standing push towards domestic consumption.
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China exporters look inwards as coronavirus hits overseas markets

Cancelled shipments, returned goods and a dearth of new orders have left China exporters in crisis as the coronavirus hits its trading partners worldwide -- accelerating a long-standing push towards domestic consumption.

'A sad mood': Muslim doctor in Malaysia spends Hari Raya in hospital amid pandemic

Malaysian doctor Muhammad Syahidd Al-Hatim was used to being away from his family on Eid al-Fitr, having spent the past two years celebrating the end of the holy Ramadan fasting month at Kuala Lumpur Hospital where he works.
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'A sad mood': Muslim doctor in Malaysia spends Hari Raya in hospital amid pandemic

Malaysian doctor Muhammad Syahidd Al-Hatim was used to being away from his family on Eid al-Fitr, having spent the past two years celebrating the end of the holy Ramadan fasting month at Kuala Lumpur Hospital where he works.

At ground zero: First-line defenders at TTSH-NCID's Covid-19 screening centre

On the first day of Chinese New Year in January, Dr Ang Hou cooked, as he usually did, for his extended family who came to visit. But his mind was not on the claypot rice he was making - his attention distracted by the constant WhatsApp messages coming throu
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At ground zero: First-line defenders at TTSH-NCID's Covid-19 screening centre

On the first day of Chinese New Year in January, Dr Ang Hou cooked, as he usually did, for his extended family who came to visit. But his mind was not on the claypot rice he was making - his attention distracted by the constant WhatsApp messages coming through on his phone. «I'd usually cook more, and make sio bak,» he says, referring to Chinese roast pork. «But I was in no mood; in fact, I was a bit antisocial that day,» says the head of the emergency department (ED) at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). And understandably so, because he knew he had a big battle on his hands, with a coronavirus causing a disease which the world now knows as Covid-19. The enemy had, at that time, already pummelled Wuhan, bringing the Chinese city to its knees, and was starting to assault other parts of China and the rest of the world.

Coronavirus: Yoga, sea air and safe distancing on board cruise ships for 3,000 recovered migrant workers

SINGAPORE - Every day, Mr Rajagopal Sathiyavasan, 42, starts his morning with a session of yoga and takes in a scenic view of the Singapore Strait. The Indian national is one of about 3,000 migrant workers staying on board two mid-sized cruise ships, the S
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Coronavirus: Yoga, sea air and safe distancing on board cruise ships for 3,000 recovered migrant workers

SINGAPORE - Every day, Mr Rajagopal Sathiyavasan, 42, starts his morning with a session of yoga and takes in a scenic view of the Singapore Strait. The Indian national is one of about 3,000 migrant workers staying on board two mid-sized cruise ships, the SuperStar Gemini and the SuperStar Aquarius, which serve as temporary accommodation for workers who have recovered from Covid-19. Both cruise ships, which are docked at the Marina Bay Cruise Centre and are run by Genting Cruise Lines, house non-essential workers. The cruise company is prepared to have these workers on board until the end of July, said Mr Michael Goh, head of international sales at Genting and president of Dream Cruises, during a media tour of the SuperStar Gemini on Saturday (May 23).  The company is, however, ready to extend the arrangement if necessary, he added. There are about 200 crew members on each ship to support operations. These temporary arrangements are part of the Government's plans to reduce the number of people living in the existing foreign worker dorms, which have recently become the main source of Covid-19 infections here.

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