5 S’pore News That You Should Know About That Were Reported Yesterday (22 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; 18 Imported

The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced 23 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore, bringing our national total number of people infected to 455.

Out of the new cases, 18 of them were imported cases with travel history to Europe, North America, South America, and ASEAN.

Four more patients have recovered, bringing the total number of people who have recovered from the virus to 144.

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All Short-Term Visitors No Longer Allowed To Enter Or Transit Through Singapore From 23 March, 11.59pm Onwards

Due to the increased risk of importing COVID-19 cases into Singapore, MOH has announced that all short-term visitors will no longer be allowed to enter or transit through Singapore from 23 March, 11.59pm onwards.

Work-pass holders and their dependants will only be allowed to return to Singapore if they work in industries that provide essential services such as healthcare and transport.

For more info, tap here.

71YO Woman Killed In Accident At Holland Village; 60YO Man Arrested

A 71-year-old female pedestrian was apparently hit by a white van as it reversed into a parking space at a carpark near Block 44 Holland Drive.

Passers-by rushed over to assist her but she had already lost consciousness and her arm was crushed. She was taken to the National University Hospital immediately but later died in the Singapore Civil Defence Force ambulance.

A 60-year-old man who is the driver of the white van has been arrested for careless driving causing death.

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Education Minister Ong Ye Kung Addresses Concerns On Schools Reopening

According to a Facebook post by Education Minister Ong Ye Kung, many parents have expressed their concern over schools reopening on Monday, 23 March, especially since the COVID-19 situation is worsening.

He then addressed those concerns by citing scientific evidence, extra precautions and the desire to minimise disruptions to daily activities.

He also said that schools will continue to reopen because closing them will disrupt the lives of many people.

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Scoot Suspends Most Flight Services

Budget carrier Scoot has grounded its flights to more than 50 destinations due to the worsening of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Most of the suspensions will last till mid-April, while some routes to Malaysia are suspended until end-March, and routes to Berlin and Athens will be suspended until end-May.

Customers who have been affected by the suspension will be informed progressively and will receive a Scoot travel voucher on the unused part of their itinerary within 30 business days.

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