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Volunteers help NTUC prepare care packs for front-line workers

About 70 volunteers from the labour movement’s various communities banded together yesterday to put together 5,500 care packs for workers in Singapore, as part of the fight against the coronavirus disease known as Covid-19. The packing efforts were carried out in two locations – the NTUC Centre at One Marina Boulevard and NTUC’s e2i at […]

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Lee Suet Fern found guilty of misconduct in handling founding PM Lee Kuan Yew’s last will

Lawyer Lee Suet Fern has been found guilty by a disciplinary tribunal of grossly improper professional conduct in her handling of the last will of Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s first prime minister and her father-in-law. Her case will be referred to the Court of Three Judges, the highest disciplinary body to deal with lawyers’ […]

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Chinese nationals in Singapore feeling the heat from coronavirus crisis

Chinese national Hou Chunquan, 65, is a man in limbo. He arrived in Singapore in mid-November to see his grandchildren on a two-month visit that has now stretched to three – and counting. Please subscribe or log in to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM. Enjoy unlimited access to ST’s best […]

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‘Crazy auntie’ and secretive church at heart of spike of coronavirus cases in South Korea

A “crazy auntie” super spreader and a secretive church are now at the centre of the spread of the coronavirus in South Korea, with the tally of cases doubling to 433. So far, 231 patients have been linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus in the south-eastern city of Daegu, but health officials warned that […]

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Disciplinary Tribunal finds Lee Suet Fern guilty of misconduct in handling founding PM Lee Kuan Yew’s last will

A Disciplinary Tribunal has found prominent lawyer Lee Suet Fern guilty of grossly improper professional conduct in her handling of the last will of the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s founding prime minister. Her actions were of sufficient gravity that the matter will be referred to the Court of Three Judges, the highest disciplinary […]

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Japan struggles with contact tracing as coronavirus infections grow

The Sapporo Snow Festival has been pinpointed as among a growing cluster of coronavirus infections across Japan, where 26 new cases yesterday brought the nation’s total to 135. In many of the cases, the authorities are struggling with contact tracing as the number of domestic infections soars. Separately, Japan’s decision to release close to 1,000 […]

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Lee Suet Fern misled founding PM Lee Kuan Yew into signing will: Disciplinary Tribunal

When she forwarded to her father-in-law, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, a draft of his will over e-mail on Dec 16, 2013, Mrs Lee Suet Fern was merely playing a peripheral role and being “an obedient wife” to her husband Lee Hsien Yang, she said. She did not discuss the contents of the will with the […]

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Two Italians become first Europeans to die from virus

ROME • Two Italians became the first Europeans to die after being infected with the coronavirus, as local towns were locked down following a flurry of new cases. The first death was that of a 78-year-old retired bricklayer from the Veneto region, Mr Adriano Trevisan, who tested positive and died on Friday in hospital, where […]

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Disciplinary Tribunal’s report on conduct of lawyer Lee Suet Fern addresses some troubling issues

The Disciplinary Tribunal’s findings on the conduct of lawyer Lee Suet Fern makes plain its conclusions on several key questions concerning the drafting and signing of the last will of her father-in-law, Mr Lee Kuan Yew – and over his wishes regarding his 38 Oxley Road home. The tribunal, in its report released last Tuesday, […]

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‘Whatever the situation, we can each do our part’: PM Lee’s full statement on the coronavirus situation

We have faced the new coronavirus (nCoV) situation for about two weeks now. The Ministerial Task Force, advised by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat, has been leading the Government’s response to this outbreak. They have been dealing with new developments every day, and holding regular press briefings to keep Singaporeans informed every step of […]

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Coronavirus: Singapore to review strategy if cases climb

Singapore will have to reconsider its strategy if the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong yesterday. “If the virus is widespread, it is futile to try to trace every contact. If we still hospitalise and isolate every suspect case, our hospitals will be overwhelmed,” he said in a […]

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Cabby, private-hire car driver among 7 new cases of coronavirus in Singapore

A taxi driver and a private-hire car driver are among the seven new coronavirus cases in Singapore announced by the Ministry of Health (MOH) yesterday. None of the seven – six Singaporeans and a permanent resident – has recent travel history to China. Among them, the taxi driver, 64, and private-hire car driver, 53, both […]

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Coronavirus: Even private remarks that hurt racial feelings are uncalled for, says Masagos

Making remarks which hurt the religious or racial feelings of any community is uncalled for even if done privately, Minister-in-charge of Muslim Affairs Masagos Zulkifli said yesterday. Referring to recent online posts by religious teacher Abdul Halim Abdul Karim, Mr Masagos told The Sunday Times the Government is serious in dealing with hate speech. Mr […]

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Coronavirus: Hygiene measures stepped up at public events and venues in Singapore

Before they could march into the wedding hall in the evening yesterday, Ms Rahimah Rashith and her husband Soufyan Zakhnini had their temperatures taken and filled out their names and contact numbers on a contact sheet. All their guests at the Changi-Simei Community Building did likewise after Singapore raised its alert level to orange in […]

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Fear and panic can do more harm than coronavirus: PM Lee

The coronavirus outbreak is a test of Singapore’s social cohesion and psychological resilience, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, as the country announced seven new confirmed cases yesterday. It is the biggest jump reported in a single day, bringing the total number of people infected here to 40. Four are in critical condition, the Ministry […]

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Thai soldier kills at least 17 in shooting rampage

At least 17 people were killed and 21 wounded in a shooting by a soldier in the north-eastern Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima, a police spokesman said in a message sent to reporters yesterday. Police identified the suspect as Jakrapanth Thomma. He had posted on his Facebook page earlier in the day that “Death is […]

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Coronavirus: Leaders call for calm and urge against panic buying at stores here

Political leaders and experts have come out in force to call for calm and urge people to be responsible, following a second day of panic buying of provisions at stores here. Photos and videos of empty supermarket shelves and people purchasing large amounts of food flooded social media, after Singapore raised its response level to […]

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Coronavirus: Adequate supplies of essentials, no need to hoard, says FairPrice CEO Seah Kian Peng

Buy what you need, without hoarding, as there are adequate supplies of food and other essentials, said supermarket chain FairPrice’s group chief executive Seah Kian Peng yesterday. FairPrice has over nine million rolls of toilet paper, 1.2 million packs of instant noodles and four million kg of rice, with more coming in through routine daily […]

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Coronavirus: Heedless of crowds and bug, some rush to stock up on goods

Toilet paper rolls, rice, instant noodles, cooking oil and other essentials are among the items flying off supermarket shelves amid concerns over the coronavirus, even as stores work steadily to restock products and reassure shoppers that there is no shortage. A check of more than 10 supermarkets across Singapore yesterday morning saw larger than usual […]

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Extra help for private-hire, taxi drivers under quarantine

Less than a month in, Singapore’s transport and tourism industries are already badly hit by the Wuhan virus situation. Ms Julie Cheong, president of the Food, Drinks and Allied Workers Union, said that while usual occupancy rates for this period can go up to 80 per cent, they are now only around 60 per cent. […]

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China’s Premier Li asks EU to rush medical supplies

BEIJING • China’s Premier Li Keqiang has asked the European Union to facilitate China’s urgent procurement of medical supplies from member countries, the Chinese government said yesterday, amid a coronavirus outbreak that has killed over 250 people. The number of deaths from the epidemic in China has risen by 46 to 259, the country’s health […]

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More countries curb entry of those who have been in China

SHANGHAI • More countries have restricted travel from China over the coronavirus epidemic – moves which have been described as an “overreaction” by some in Beijing. The US announced measures on Friday to ban foreign nationals who have recently been in China from entering their territories. The Trump administration also ordered citizens returning from central […]

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Fear spurring departures

SHANGHAI • Expatriates are leaving coronavirus-hit China – and not just from the outbreak epicentre in Wuhan – as worries about their children take hold and private healthcare facilities start turning away the feverish. Some foreigners also fear being trapped indefinitely as airlines cancel flights and countries quarantine or limit entry for people who have […]

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Phuket hit by travel bans

PHUKET • The narrow laneways and pastel-coloured shophouses of Phuket Old Town are usually bustling with Chinese tourists during the Chinese New Year holiday, but travel bans and local fears about the coronavirus have largely emptied the streets this year. Just a handful of tourists, many wearing face masks, strolled through the area during daylight […]

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China goes full throttle to produce more masks

NANCHANG • Though many factories across China remain empty amid a mass quarantine campaign to curb the novel coronavirus from spreading, companies that produce masks are going all out to churn out much-needed supplies. China produces around 50 per cent of the world’s masks. However, the current outbreak has increased public demand and put great […]

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Targeted help for transport, tourism sectors worst hit by Wuhan virus outbreak in Budget 2020

The transport and tourism sectors, worst hit by the coronavirus situation, will get targeted help in the coming Budget on top of broader measures to address any wider economic slowdown, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said yesterday. The measures will aim to address companies’ short-term cashflow needs, and retain and train workers in the […]

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Wuhan virus: Smooth start to mask distribution at 200 RC centres

The first day of mask distribution at about 200 residents’ committee (RC) centres around Singapore went smoothly, despite initial concerns of a rush at collection points. At several RCs The Sunday Times visited, there were next to no queues and volunteers handing out masks often outnumbered the residents collecting them. The Government on Thursday announced […]

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Wuhan virus: Shanmugam lauds ICA officers for working well under pressure

Singapore’s immigration officers have performed well under pressure, even as more checks have been progressively rolled out to contain the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus, Law and Home Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam said yesterday. “We have had to put in additional measures to check travel history and symptoms… (though) we don’t have that much additional […]

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PM Lee confident China and other nations will work together to beat virus

China is doing all it can to contain the spread of the coronavirus, and Singapore’s efforts will complement this, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. “We know that China is doing all it can to contain the spread of the virus. Singapore has been countering the novel coronavirus by isolating suspected cases and conducting contact […]

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DPM Heng Swee Keat: Nurture social togetherness

Social togetherness is something we must nurture, with hubs like the Wisma Geylang Serai making a difference in the community, said Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat yesterday. Mr Heng, who is also Finance Minister, was speaking at the first anniversary celebration of the Wisma Geylang Serai, a social and cultural heritage hub near Geylang […]