5 S’pore News That You Should Know About That Were Reported Yesterday (23 February 2020)


Let’s face it: in this social media world, exciting and viral news like a cat feeding a baby bear would often appear in your Facebook news feed, while important news like the GDP growth of Singapore this year wouldn’t get the same reach.

It’s understandable since social media platforms would prioritise engaging and viral content to keep users in their platform.

In order to ensure that you’d still know about important news instead just social news, below are the top five Singapore news that was reported yesterday which you should know, simplified for you in a bite-sized format:

South Korea Raising Disease Alert Level to ‘Highest’; Officials Told to Take ’Unprecedented Powerful Measures’

The city of Daegu, which has the most number of cases due to an irresponsible churchgoer’s actions, has been panicking and now looks like a ghost town. With it being declared as a “special management zone”, people are advised to stay home while medical help is being sent over from other cities.

Meetings in South Korea government have intensified in recent days, and today, Mr Moon said this: “The COVID-19 incident faces a grave turning point. The next few days will be crucial. The government will raise the alert level to the highest level of ‘grave’ according to experts’ recommendations and drastically strengthen our response system.”

He urged officials not to hesitate from taking “unprecedented powerful measures” to contain the outbreak.

You can read more here.

MOH’s Advisory Against Travel To Daegu & Cheongdo In S.Korea

The Ministry of Health is discouraging all non-essential travel to Daegu and Cheongdo.

And if you have to travel there, MOH is asking for you to monitor the situation and listen to the local authorities.

They have also extended “suspect cases” to include people pneumonia or severe respiratory infection with breathlessness who have been to the two areas within 14 days.

You can read more here.

No Coordination Between Charities Leads To Food Wastage

Even among the food insecure group, there are prime estates. Clusters of food insecure people are “better-known”, leading to multiple charities giving food to the same group.

The result? Only a portion of the needy is served by these organisations, even though there are about 125 food support organisations.

This also leads to food wastage as the food insecure Singaporeans will throw away the food that they cannot finish.

You can read more here.

COVID-19 Updates Singapore (23 Feb): No New Case; 51 Have Recovered & 5 Still in ICU

There are now 89 confirmed cases in Singapore.


Out of all of them, 51 of them have been discharged and fully recovered, while 5 of them are still in ICU. The condition of the remaining 33 patients are stable or improving.

As of noon today, MOH has identified 2,812 close contacts who have been quarantined. Of these, 908 are currently quarantined, and 1,904 have completed their quarantine.

There’s something new, though: we’re now advised to also defer non-essential travel to Daegu and Cheongdo in South Korea, on top of Mainland China.

You can read more here.

Duke-NUS Scientist Accused Of Being A Russian Spy

A Duke-NUS scientist was caught taking a photo of a US government source.


When questioned, he revealed that he was doing so on behalf of a Russian agent.

He had also reportedly rented a property in Miami-Dade County and was collecting information on the US government on his behalf.

Duke-NUS has suspended all of his appointments and will not comment further “pending the ongoing investigations in the US”.

You can read more here.

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