5 S’pore News That You Should Know About That Were Reported Yesterday (6 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:

13 New COVID-19 Cases; 9 Linked To Safra Jurong Cluster

The Ministry of Health (MOH) announced that there were 13 new COVID-19 confirmed cases, bringing our national total number of people infected to 130.

Nine of the new cases, aged between 33 and 70, are said to be linked to the Safra Jurong cluster, but not all were at the private dinner function at the Joy Garden restaurant. With 17 cases linked to the Safra Jurong cluster so far, it has become the second-largest cluster in Singapore.

Of the remaining four cases, two are believed to be imported cases – a 47-year-old Singaporean Singapore Airlines (SIA) steward who was in South Africa from 14 to 17 February and France from 22 to 24 February, as well as a 37-year-old Singapore permanent resident who was in Germany from 27 February to 5 March.

One more case, a 77-year-old man, is linked to a previous case after having been warded in the same room together, and another is a 55-year-old Singtel employee who is currently not linked to any cluster.

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3 Arrested For Selling Counterfeit Goods At NEX & Jurong Point

Two women and one man, aged between 32 and 42, have been arrested after being caught during a raid allegedly selling counterfeit goods in NEX shopping mall and Jurong Point shopping centre.

Police have revealed that 3,392 pieces of trademark infringement goods like bags, pouches and wallets have been seized, and they totalled up to more than $239,000.

If found guilty of selling or distributing goods with falsely applied trademarks, and profiting at the expense of legitimate businesses and consumers in the process, one can be jailed a maximum of five years and fined up to $100,000.

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London Police Has Arrested 2 Teens Linked To COVID-19 Racist Assault On Singaporean Student 

Two teenagers, aged 15 and 16, have been arrested by the London Metropolitan Police after they were found to be linked to the COVID-19 racist assault on 23-year-old Singaporean Jonathan Mok in London on 24 February.

Mr Mok has to go for facial surgery as a result of the assault.

The 15-year-old is out on bail until later this month while the 16-year-old boy has been released but remains under investigation.

The authorities are still looking for two other teenagers linked to the assault and seek the help of the public to identify them.

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Singapore Teen Slapped In The Face With Slipper By Teacher In Malaysian Religious School

14-year-old Imann allegedly got into a verbal argument with his schoolmate after he allegedly provoked Imann by saying that his mother was going to die, and that he should pray more for his mother. This later turned into a fight.

When teachers in his Malaysian religious school heard about the incident, Imann was brought to see a senior teacher and as punishment, he was slapped in the face with a slipper.

Since students in the residential school are banned from keeping cellphones or contacting their parents, Imann was unable to tell his mother what had happened. It was only when she came to the school to surprise him for his birthday that she realised that something was wrong with her son.

She rushed him back to Singapore and took him to the accident and emergency (A&E) department of KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. It was found that the bone between his nose and his eye had fractured, and he had to undergo surgery immediately.

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IRAS Warns Of Scam Calls

The Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) has warned about scam calls in which scammers will claim that victims have court orders and lawsuits with the authority and have to transfer their unpaid taxes immediately.

IRAS suspects that there has been a rise in such calls because it is currently the tax season in which taxpayers need to file their returns between 1 March and 18 April.

The phone numbers displayed through the caller ID on these scam calls are IRAS’ helpline numbers, 6356 8300 or 6356 8233.

However, IRAS has confirmed that officially, taxpayers are not asked to make payments to a third-party account through a phone call.

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