The Big Story: TraceTogether participation rate hits 70%

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On Wednesday (Dec 23), Singapore reported 21 new Covid-19 cases, all of which were imported. Among them, eight are Singaporeans or permanent residents, and nine are foreign domestic workers.

Meanwhile, about 70 per cent of Singapore residents are now participating in the national contact tracing programme TraceTogether (TT), fulfilling a target the Government had earlier set in order for the country to enter phase three of its reopening.

Minister-in-Charge of the Smart Nation Initiative Vivian Balakrishnan also said that schools will be distributing the TT tokens to students so that they will be able to participate in the programme.

Separately, flag carrier Singapore Airlines (SIA) has started trials of a new service which will allow for quicker verification of Covid-19 test results, potentially paving the way for the introduction of vaccine passports.

Journalist Toh Ting Wei will share more on how the system works, and what it means for travel moving forward if the trial proves successful.

We will also have journalist Goh Yan Han on the show to talk about ST's coverage of Causes Week 2020, which shines a light on various individuals and groups, and shows how they are making a difference through their chosen causes within the community.

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