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Wuhan virus: Singapore confirms 5th case; patient from Wuhan stayed at her family’s home in Ceylon Road

SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed a fifth case of Wuhan coronavirus infection in Singapore. The patient is a 56-year-old female Chinese national from Wuhan who arrived in Singapore with her family on Jan 18. The case was confirmed at 2pm on Monday (Jan 27), said MOH. The patient was asymptomatic during […]

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Wuhan virus: University students move out of campus residences designated as quarantine centres

SINGAPORE – Allocated government quarantine facilities in Singapore – such as chalets and university hostels – can accommodate about 1,000 people, should there be a need to do so. At a press conference on Monday morning (Jan 27), Education Minister Ong Ye Kung said hostels at three universities have been designated as government quarantine facilities. “I […]

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For Carousell founder Quek Siu Rui, starting up hasn’t been a walk in the park

Quek Siu Rui has not taken a holiday in nearly eight years. Since he co-founded Carousell in 2012, almost all of the 32-year-old’s free time has been devoted to thinking about what is next, he said. “I have this almost extreme view of the world where [if you do something] you’ve got to do it […]

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Judge acquits woman of failing to provide safe working environment for maid

SINGAPORE – A woman whose then domestic helper was caught on camera in 2017 cleaning a second-storey glass awning was acquitted on Tuesday (Jan 28) of failing to provide a safe working environment for the Filipina. Following a trial, District Judge Salina Ishak gave Australian Belinda Huber, alias Belinda Tran, 37, a discharge amounting to an acquittal […]

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Johnson & Johnson CEO questioned over stock sale ahead of story on asbestos in Baby Powder

NEW BRUNSWICK, United States – Johnson & Johnson chief executive Alex Gorsky on Monday (Jan 27) faced questions from plaintiffs lawyers over the timing of his sale of company stock, as he testified for the first time in a jury trial over allegations that the company’s Baby Powder causes cancer. Gorsky told the jury that he […]

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Wuhan virus: 2 new confirmed cases in Singapore, bringing total to 7; no entry or transit for new visitors from Hubei

SINGAPORE – Two new cases of Wuhan virus have been confirmed in Singapore, bringing the total number of infected people here to seven, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday (Jan 28). With three confirmed cases within the last 24 hours, the trend of infection among Chinese nationals from Wuhan’s Hubei province in Singapore is accelerating, […]

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Raffles Medical investigates photo of patient’s NRIC amid claims of Wuhan virus case at its clinic

SINGAPORE – Raffles Medical Group (RMG) is investigating the source of a photo that shows the identity card of a patient who was allegedly a suspected Wuhan virus case and a letter from its clinic referring him to Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Messages circulating on various platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp with the […]

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11 killed, 2 injured after cylinder blast at Pakistan perfume factory

LAHORE – At least 11 people were killed and two others were injured on Tuesday (Jan 28) after gas cylinders exploded at a perfume factory in the Shahdara area of Lahore, setting the entire building ablaze, confirmed officials. The fire also caused the roof of the building in the city in eastern Pakistan to collapse, trapping […]

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Wuhan virus: 18 Singapore residents and 10 Scoot staff back home from Hangzhou on a Scoot relief flight

SINGAPORE – Eighteen Singapore residents and 10 staff members of Singapore Airlines’ budget arm Scoot arrived back home safely from Hangzhou on a relief flight in the early hours of Monday (Jan 27), a Transport Ministry (MOT) spokesman said in a press release. Scoot’s relief flight TR5001 departed Singapore shortly before noon on Sunday (Jan […]