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Singapore budget expected to include tax hike and Covid-19 relief package, with yearly deficit projected

Singapore will unveil its annual budget on Tuesday, with economists expecting a deficit of as much as S$8 billion.

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Singapore will unveil its annual budget on Tuesday, with economists expecting a deficit of as much as S$8 billion.

Singapore budget expected to include tax hike and Covid-19 relief package, with yearly deficit projected
Singapore: nine new coronavirus cases, no plans to raise outbreak alert to red

Health minister Gan Kim Yong confirmed the government has no plans to raise the Dorscon level as the island nation’s total number of cases hits 67.

14 Feb 2020 - 8:46PM

Health minister Gan Kim Yong confirmed the government has no plans to raise the Dorscon level as the island nation’s total number of cases hits 67.

Singapore: nine new coronavirus cases, no plans to raise outbreak alert to red
Coronavirus: economic impact of Covid-19 already worse than Sars, says Singapore PM

‘Our economy will take a hit,’ warns Lee Hsien Loong as he says it’s too early to predict a recession, but one is possible.

14 Feb 2020 - 4:31PM

‘Our economy will take a hit,’ warns Lee Hsien Loong as he says it’s too early to predict a recession, but one is possible.

Coronavirus: economic impact of Covid-19 already worse than Sars, says Singapore PM
Coronavirus: ‘some people may succumb’, says Singapore as cases hit 50

Eight patients are in critical condition, 15 have recovered, as the number of infections in Singapore climbs to 50. Of three new cases, two work at Grace Assembly of God churches, one at DBS Bank.

13 Feb 2020 - 12:19AM

Eight patients are in critical condition, 15 have recovered, as the number of infections in Singapore climbs to 50. Of three new cases, two work at Grace Assembly of God churches, one at DBS Bank.

Coronavirus: ‘some people may succumb’, says Singapore as cases hit 50
Singapore bracing for coronavirus to hit tourism harder than Sars

The island nation is forecasting a fall in visitors of up to 30 per cent this year, as the Singapore Tourism Board’s chief executive prepares for a ‘longer, slower recovery than Sars’.

11 Feb 2020 - 10:36PM

The island nation is forecasting a fall in visitors of up to 30 per cent this year, as the Singapore Tourism Board’s chief executive prepares for a ‘longer, slower recovery than Sars’.

Singapore bracing for coronavirus to hit tourism harder than Sars
Coronavirus fears see Singapore’s ‘Total Defence’ plan clouded by weekend of total anxiety

Panic buying of food and toilet paper forces a supermarket to cap purchases, including a S$50 limit on vegetables per customer, and has sparked questions about social cohesion at a time of increased stress.

10 Feb 2020 - 2:55PM

Panic buying of food and toilet paper forces a supermarket to cap purchases, including a S$50 limit on vegetables per customer, and has sparked questions about social cohesion at a time of increased stress.

Coronavirus fears see Singapore’s ‘Total Defence’ plan clouded by weekend of total anxiety
Coronavirus: not just China, travellers also avoiding Singapore and Japan

Some have taken to social media to plead with hotels and airlines to cancel trips to Singapore and Japan, which have the highest number of coronavirus cases outside China.

9 Feb 2020 - 11:06AM

Some have taken to social media to plead with hotels and airlines to cancel trips to Singapore and Japan, which have the highest number of coronavirus cases outside China.

Coronavirus: not just China, travellers also avoiding Singapore and Japan
Can Asian economies survive the coronavirus?

While some experts predict a recovery once the virus’ spread is curbed, others caution that it is still too soon to assess how large an impact it could have.

8 Feb 2020 - 12:00PM

While some experts predict a recovery once the virus’ spread is curbed, others caution that it is still too soon to assess how large an impact it could have.

Can Asian economies survive the coronavirus?
Coronavirus: Singapore raises outbreak alert level after signs of community spread

Dorscon alert raised to orange after three new cases – including a high school teacher – suggest ‘community spread’ of the disease. Schools will suspend external events; hospitals will screen visitors.

8 Feb 2020 - 5:51PM

Dorscon alert raised to orange after three new cases – including a high school teacher – suggest ‘community spread’ of the disease. Schools will suspend external events; hospitals will screen visitors.

Coronavirus: Singapore raises outbreak alert level after signs of community spread
Coronavirus: Britain’s third case was infected in Singapore

Singapore authorities on Friday confirmed Britain’s third coronavirus patient got the disease when attending a meeting at the Grand Hyatt hotel.

7 Feb 2020 - 5:39PM

Singapore authorities on Friday confirmed Britain’s third coronavirus patient got the disease when attending a meeting at the Grand Hyatt hotel.

Coronavirus: Britain’s third case was infected in Singapore
Garlic won’t keep the coronavirus at bay. Neither will saltwater gargling or cow dung

From Singapore to Indonesia, dubious claims to prevent infection are spreading on social media and chat groups.

6 Feb 2020 - 10:49AM

From Singapore to Indonesia, dubious claims to prevent infection are spreading on social media and chat groups.

Garlic won’t keep the coronavirus at bay. Neither will saltwater gargling or cow dung
In Singapore, first court challenge against anti-fake news law fails

The opposition Singapore Democratic Party was found to have made false statements on employment statistics published by the manpower ministry.

5 Feb 2020 - 5:00PM

The opposition Singapore Democratic Party was found to have made false statements on employment statistics published by the manpower ministry.

In Singapore, first court challenge against anti-fake news law fails
Singapore closes borders to all foreign travellers from China to stem spread of coronavirus

The island nation is the first Southeast Asian country to bar entry to all new visitors arriving from mainland China, except Singaporeans and permanent residents.

15 Feb 2020 - 5:14PM

The island nation is the first Southeast Asian country to bar entry to all new visitors arriving from mainland China, except Singaporeans and permanent residents.

Singapore closes borders to all foreign travellers from China to stem spread of coronavirus
‘Corona beer virus’ searches surge as China coronavirus spreads

Google search trends indicate people from the US to Singapore seem to be confusing the Mexican lager with the deadly virus.

15 Feb 2020 - 7:03PM

Google search trends indicate people from the US to Singapore seem to be confusing the Mexican lager with the deadly virus.

‘Corona beer virus’ searches surge as China coronavirus spreads
‘Made in China’: how Wuhan coronavirus spread anti-Chinese racism like a disease through Asia

Xenophobic chatter about Chinese eating habits is going viral on the internet. Such ignorance isn’t just unpalatable – in misdiagnosing the problem, it’s dangerous, too.

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Xenophobic chatter about Chinese eating habits is going viral on the internet. Such ignorance isn’t just unpalatable – in misdiagnosing the problem, it’s dangerous, too.

‘Made in China’: how Wuhan coronavirus spread anti-Chinese racism like a disease through Asia
China coronavirus: Thailand, Japan or Singapore, which Asian tourist destination will take the biggest hit?

Chinese foreign travel has increased tenfold since 2003 and underwriting other Asian tourism industries which have been hit hard by the virus.

29 Jan 2020 - 9:05AM

Chinese foreign travel has increased tenfold since 2003 and underwriting other Asian tourism industries which have been hit hard by the virus.

China coronavirus: Thailand, Japan or Singapore, which Asian tourist destination will take the biggest hit?
Singapore confirms two new Chinese coronavirus cases, will bar passengers from Hubei without visas

The restriction, effective noon on Wednesday, also applies to people of any nationality who have passed through Hubei province in the past 14 days.

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The restriction, effective noon on Wednesday, also applies to people of any nationality who have passed through Hubei province in the past 14 days.

Singapore confirms two new Chinese coronavirus cases, will bar passengers from Hubei without visas
Singapore expects economy to be hit by Wuhan virus, is now screening every flight landing at Changi Airport

The island nation says it is considering measures to support the tourism industry, including property tax rebates and a workers’ levy reduction, as it braces for more imported cases of the virus.

27 Jan 2020 - 11:58PM

The island nation says it is considering measures to support the tourism industry, including property tax rebates and a workers’ levy reduction, as it braces for more imported cases of the virus.

Singapore expects economy to be hit by Wuhan virus, is now screening every flight landing at Changi Airport
China coronavirus: new cases confirmed in Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Nepal

The three cases in the island nation are all travellers from Wuhan, with health authorities expecting to see more imported cases.

24 Jan 2020 - 11:12PM

The three cases in the island nation are all travellers from Wuhan, with health authorities expecting to see more imported cases.

China coronavirus: new cases confirmed in Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Nepal
China coronavirus: Singapore confirms first case from Wuhan; second case suspected

The 66-year-old man arrived in Singapore on January 20 with nine companions on a China Southern flight, and developed a fever and cough a day later.

24 Jan 2020 - 8:58AM

The 66-year-old man arrived in Singapore on January 20 with nine companions on a China Southern flight, and developed a fever and cough a day later.

China coronavirus: Singapore confirms first case from Wuhan; second case suspected
Singapore’s climate change puzzle: with no wind and grey skies how can Lion City kick its fossil fuel habit?

The Lion City has an ambitious target for cutting greenhouse gases. But it also has a large fossil fuel industry and limited renewable options, so policymakers will have to get creative.

21 Jan 2020 - 7:05PM

The Lion City has an ambitious target for cutting greenhouse gases. But it also has a large fossil fuel industry and limited renewable options, so policymakers will have to get creative.

Singapore’s climate change puzzle: with no wind and grey skies how can Lion City kick its fossil fuel habit?
Singapore’s next challenge is to defy the odds of history: PAP’s 4G leaders

‘Hongkongers do not have the prerogative of Singaporeans. In Singapore, if you’re really alienated, if you’re really angry you can throw out the PAP.’

21 Jan 2020 - 8:32AM

‘Hongkongers do not have the prerogative of Singaporeans. In Singapore, if you’re really alienated, if you’re really angry you can throw out the PAP.’

Singapore’s next challenge is to defy the odds of history: PAP’s 4G leaders
Forget Megxit: here are the Asian royals who turned their backs on their titles

Not all such marriages in Asia have turned out to be happy, with one prompting scandalous claims of abduction.

20 Jan 2020 - 4:06PM

Not all such marriages in Asia have turned out to be happy, with one prompting scandalous claims of abduction.

Forget Megxit: here are the Asian royals who turned their backs on their titles
In Singapore, academics and opposition press the PAP to be less wary over releasing data

A clash over employment data between Pritam Singh from the Workers’ Party and trade minister Chan Chun Sing has led to calls for greater transparency.

19 Jan 2020 - 7:29PM

A clash over employment data between Pritam Singh from the Workers’ Party and trade minister Chan Chun Sing has led to calls for greater transparency.

In Singapore, academics and opposition press the PAP to be less wary over releasing data
In fake news case, Singapore government says ordinary person would have misread SDP’s posts

Hri Kumar Nair SC, who represented the government in court, said the correction order was valid as SDP’s statements on retrenchment were misleading to a lay person.

17 Jan 2020 - 7:00PM

Hri Kumar Nair SC, who represented the government in court, said the correction order was valid as SDP’s statements on retrenchment were misleading to a lay person.

In fake news case, Singapore government says ordinary person would have misread SDP’s posts
Singapore’s SDP loses bid for first challenge against fake news law to be heard in open court

SDP secretary general Chee Soon Juan said it is ‘disappointing’ that the case is being heard in chambers and not open to the public or media.

16 Jan 2020 - 10:04PM

SDP secretary general Chee Soon Juan said it is ‘disappointing’ that the case is being heard in chambers and not open to the public or media.

Singapore’s SDP loses bid for first challenge against fake news law to be heard in open court
In Singapore, cutting down on plastic is not yet so drastic

Singapore is lagging behind peers such as Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia in reducing single-use plastics, largely due to public sentiment.

13 Jan 2020 - 8:30AM

Singapore is lagging behind peers such as Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia in reducing single-use plastics, largely due to public sentiment.

In Singapore, cutting down on plastic is not yet so drastic
Impossible Pork: in Muslim Southeast Asia, an impossible sell?

The company behind the Impossible Burger wants halal certification for Impossible Pork and Impossible Sausage. In a region where four in 10 are Muslim, even the name may be unpalatable

10 Jan 2020 - 5:30PM

The company behind the Impossible Burger wants halal certification for Impossible Pork and Impossible Sausage. In a region where four in 10 are Muslim, even the name may be unpalatable

Impossible Pork: in Muslim Southeast Asia, an impossible sell?
Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines among carriers avoiding Iran airspace after missile attack

Cathay Pacific says it has not flown over Iran and Iraq for over a year, while AirAsia and Taiwan’s China Airlines do not fly over the two countries.

9 Jan 2020 - 9:02AM

Cathay Pacific says it has not flown over Iran and Iraq for over a year, while AirAsia and Taiwan’s China Airlines do not fly over the two countries.

Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines among carriers avoiding Iran airspace after missile attack
Singapore’s migrant workers just want a safe space to gather on their day off

A deadly crash at Lucky Plaza has highlighted the lack of safe gathering spaces for Singapore’s foreign workers.

7 Jan 2020 - 9:23PM

A deadly crash at Lucky Plaza has highlighted the lack of safe gathering spaces for Singapore’s foreign workers.

Singapore’s migrant workers just want a safe space to gather on their day off