5 S’pore News That You Should Know About That Were Reported Yesterday (18 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:

Three Asked To Correct FB Posts About SAFRA Jurong Dinner

POFMA is hard at work these days trying to combat #fakenews about Covid-19.

States Times Review first felt the brunt of their dissatisfaction and now, three other people are at risk.

POFMA was instructed by Minister Chan Chun Sing to issue correction notices to Facebook users “Henryace Ace”, Mr Sebastian Ying and opposition party member, Lim Tean.

They had shared that the SAFRA Jurong Dinner was organised by PA or residents’ committees (RCs), or both, which is untrue.

You can read more here.

JetStar Asia Suspends All Operations For Three Weeks

Covid-19 has a huge impact on the global economy, especially for airlines as countries tighten restrictions across their borders.

JetStar Airlines has will be suspending all operations for three weeks, starting from 23 Mar 2020 and ending on tentatively 15 Apr 2020.

All JetStar Airlines planes will be grounded and their staff are going on paid and unpaid leave. Annual bonuses and wage supplements will also be cancelled.

Customers whose bookings are affected will be refunded with travel credit vouchers.

You can read more here.

Health Minister Assures S’pore Has ‘Sufficient’ Healthcare Capacity

Seeing the news from all around the world about insufficient healthcare facilities, Health Minister Gan Kim Yong assures Singaporeans that Singapore has “sufficient flexibility and buffer” for their healthcare capacity.

He said that the increase in Covid-19 cases is “expected” and Singapore has enough capacity to “handle these cases”.

He also asks that we delay the “peak” of the cases here in Singapore and spread them out instead.

Basically, it’s like the SAF meal times.

Instead of getting all 1,000 recruits to go for lunch at the same time, they’re getting 200 to go in at a time.

You can read more here.

Limo Driver Jailed For Molesting Partygoer

Back in 2017, Tiu Hong Hwee, a limo driver spotted the victim at Zoukout.

He approached her and asked if she wants a ride home.

But instead of sending her home, he kissed her forcefully on the lips and took her to the basement car park of a hotel and molested her.

He was sentenced to one-and-a-half year jail and given three strokes of the cane for his actions.

You can read more here.

COVID-19 Updates Singapore (18 Mar): 47 New Cases with 33 Being Imported

Yes, you’ve read it right: the number of new cases today hit an all-time high of 47 new cases in a day.

33 of them are imported cases, with 30 of them being Singapore residents who are coming back from overseas.

As of 20 March 2020, 11:59pm, anyone who comes in from outside of Singapore will be issued a 14-day SHN. They’ll have to show the authorities on the proof of place where they would be staying, whether in a hotel, their own place or their relative’s / friend’s place.

National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs the multi-ministry task force set up to fight the outbreak, said, “We cannot afford to take further risks if the number of imported cases continue to rise. That’s why additional measures are being put in place.”

You can read more here.

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