5 S’pore News That You Should Know About That Were Reported Yesterday (22 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 content 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:

4 Arrested For Online Scams Involving Face Masks & Hand Sanitisers 

Four suspects have been arrested for their alleged involvement in separate e-commerce scams where they became uncontactable after buyers made payments for face masks, hand sanitisers, and other items.

On Saturday (22 Feb), the police said that they had received many reports between 2 Jan and 19 Feb from people who said they had been cheated by online sellers advertising face masks for sale.

These sellers usually become uncontactable after payments are made through bank transfers.

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President Halimah Visits Charity For People With Disabilities 

As part of outreach efforts to help vulnerable groups in Singapore battle against the Covid-19 outbreak, President Halimah Yacob visited Very Special Arts (VSA), a charity for people with disabilities.

Two weeks ago, she visited Blossom Seeds’ activity centre for seniors in Canberra.

At VSA, President Halimah handed out care packages, which contained a hand sanitiser, wet wipes, and a disinfectant spray, to around 30 beneficiaries at the VSA.

She also gave out vitamins and masks to the centre for distribution to its students, and encouraged them to practise good personal hygiene.

For more info, tap here. 

3 New Covid-19 Cases; 1 of Them Of Unknown Origin

Three new cases of the Covid-19 coronavirus have been confirmed in Singapore, bringing the total number infected to 89.

Two more patients with the coronavirus have been discharged, bringing the number of people discharged to 49.

Of the new cases, one is a 30-year-old Singaporean linked to the Grace Assembly of God cluster, one is a 32-year-old Singaporean who was previously evacuated from Wuhan, and the last is a 41-year-old Singaporean PR with no known links to the other clusters or patients.

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‘Keep Viruses At Bay’ Launched By Public Hygiene Council To Encourage Better Personal Hygiene

The Public Hygiene Council has launched ‘Keep Viruses At Bay’, an initiative that encourages food and beverage operators to improve their cleaning regimes and urges members of the public to have better personal hygiene.

This initiative will be promoted through videos and social media posts, complementing the SG Clean campaign introduced by the National Environment Agency last Sunday.

‘Keep Viruses At Bay’ is targeting coffee shops first, but will soon work with owners of other premises with high human traffic, such as hotels and shopping malls.

For more info, tap here. 

Singapore Dollar Slumps To Three-Year Low Against US Dollar

The Singapore dollar has hit a three-year low against the United States dollar and is weakening against regional currencies.


Compared to the American dollar, the Singdollar sank to S$1.40. The Singdollar last fell to $1.40 in February 2017.

Some analysts attribute the fall to the Covid-19 outbreak, and believe it could slump further as the outbreak takes a toll on the economy.

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