5 S’pore News That You Should Know About That Were Reported Yesterday (21 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 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:

Taxi Driver Claims He Was Strangled & Punched During Attempted Robbery

A 54-year-old taxi driver was allegedly strangled and punched by a robber during an attempted robbery that occurred on Thursday morning, 20 February, in Hougang.

According to Facebook user Muhd Taufiq who said he was the son of the taxi driver, his father was strangled and punched in his face a few times by a man who looked to be in his mid-30s.

His father now suffers a fractured nose and rib cage, and is warded in Sengkang General Hospital.

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10 More COVID-19 Patients Recovered & Discharged; 1 New Case Linked To Woman With Dengue

With one new confirmed case of COVID-19, a 24-year-old Singaporean man linked to a 57-year-old woman who has both dengue and COVID-19, the total number of people infected with the coronavirus is now 86.

10 more COVID-19 patients have also been discharged from the hospital. Out of all the cases, 47 of them have shown full recovery and have been discharged from the hospital.

Most of the 39 remaining confirmed cases who are still hospitalised have stable conditions or are improving, but five of them are in critical condition in the intensive care unit.

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Virus Aid Package Launching Soon; Grab No Longer Dropping Driver Incentives

Grab is no longer dropping their driver incentive programme after news of the government-funded virus aid package starting next month.

According to a Grab spokesman, the Super Steady programme of Grab will continue for driver-partners in which they will receive financial rewards for being more active and achieving a streak, or at least 200 trips within a few months.

Grab also added that they will be giving $70 a week in government aid to all drivers, while their share of $20 per driver per day will be given out over three months starting from March.

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Mindef Sends 2,000kg Of Medical Supplies To China To Help With COVID-19 Situation

Singapore’s Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen took photos of medical supplies and shared them on his Facebook page, adding on that the Republic’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) has delivered more than 2,000kg of medical supplies over to China to be distributed to Chinese military hospitals.


This was done in an attempt to help those that were severely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak in China and also to help with curbing the spread of it.

This follows Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ (MFA) move of sending a second round of humanitarian assistance to China.

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MOE Says Checks Are Conducted Daily To Ensure No Student Flouts Stay-Home Notice

According to MOE director of schools Liew Wei Li, all students who have been issued the stay-home notice due to them returning from China have been serving the notice.

She added that checks are conducted daily through calls from teachers to make sure that the students stay isolated in their residences during the 14-day leave of absence. The teachers also check on their health and help them with their academics.


She also clarified that if a student were to be found flouting the notice, they will be punished based on their school’s disciplinary frameworks, and the punishment can even be a suspension or a dismissal from the school.

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