5 S’pore News That You Should Know About That Were Reported Yesterday (17 March 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 contents 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:

23 New Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that there were 23 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, bringing our national total number of people infected to 266.

17 of the new cases are imported, and seven of these cases are Singaporeans. Five of those Singaporeans had travelled to Europe and had been to countries like Germany, France and Italy.

The authorities have warned against travel and told Singaporeans to take the advice very seriously.

Out of the 266 cases, 14 people are currently in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

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Fire Broke Out At Industrial Area In Tuas

A fire broke out at No. 7 Tuas Avenue 18 and a five-storey high warehouse along with the drains near it were engulfed in flames.

The Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) responded to the fire at about 9.45pm, and about 100 firefighters were called in to fight the fire that was roughly the size of about one and a half football fields.

One person suffered burn injuries and was conveyed to Singapore General Hospital.

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Checkpoints Jampacked With Malaysian Workers Coming Into Singapore

After Malaysian authorities announced that Malaysia was barring any citizens from leaving the country and denying entry to all foreigners, Malaysian workers in Singapore rushed to get their belongings in Johor Bahru before travelling back to Singapore by midnight.

These Malaysian workers chose to stay in Singapore for the next two weeks in order to work while Malaysia remains on lockdown in an attempt to curb the further spread of COVID-19.

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Singapore May Undergo Lockdown But It Is Not The Main Priority Now

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong has clarified that while a lockdown imposed on Singapore could be possible in order to curb the further spread of the highly contagious virus, it is currently not the main priority.

He said, “We have always said that we need to consider a whole range of measures and not rule anything out.”

He believes that if all the measures the Government has put in place so far can be even more strict, then it is possible that Singapore won’t even need to consider a situation where the entire country has to be locked down.

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Jetstar Asia Suspends All Services For At Least 3 Weeks

Singapore budget carrier Jetstar Asia has announced that it will ground its fleet of 18 Airbus 320s and will suspend all of its services for at least three weeks, from 23 March to 15 April.

This is due to the government restrictions from multiple countries as well as the fall in travel demand.

Customers who are affected by the suspension will be given a full refund through travel credit vouchers.

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