Evening Update: Today's headlines from The Straits Times on Feb 10

Good evening! Catch up on some of the main headlines on Monday, Feb 10.

Coronavirus: Singapore scientists aim to test vaccine in as soon as 3 months

Lab technicians work to produce the Fortitude Kit 2.0 that can detect the presence of the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan at the Experimental Drug Development Centre on Feb 10, 2020. ST PHOTO: KELVIN CHNG


At the same time, promising anti-viral drugs such as those used to treat HIV are being used on patients here, in efforts to locate a "magic drug" against the virus.


17-year-old secondary school student detained under Internal Security Act for supporting ISIS

The Home Affairs Ministry said the student was first investigated in September 2017 when he was 15 years old.


Coronavirus: 300,000 masks for taxi and private-hire car drivers to offer to passengers

A taxi at Velocity@Novena Square with its windows wound down on Feb 10, 2020. Taxi drivers are advised to wind their windows down to “air” their vehicles after dropping off passengers. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Taxi operators will also set up eight temperature-screening stations across all taxi operators' premises from Tuesday.


Coronavirus: Long queues form on first day of temperature screening at office buildings

The queue to enter Suntec City Tower 5 on Feb 10, 2020. PHOTO: SEAN THIA

It took as long as 40 minutes at Suntec City for office workers to have their temperature taken.


Coronavirus: Qatar, Kuwait advise citizens to avoid unnecessary travel to Singapore

In a photo taken on Jan 24, 2020, travellers are seen walking past thermal scanners upon their arrival at Doha airport in the Qatari capital. PHOTO: AFP

Citizens of both countries were advised to take necessary precautions, and to follow instructions issued by Singapore authorities through the Ministry of Health website.


Pat's Schoolhouse Kovan linked to coronavirus case deserted on Monday morning, business as usual at nearby Modern Montessori centre

A worker of Pat’s Schoolhouse Kovan sweeping the premises on Feb 10, 2020. 

A man who was confirmed to have the coronavirus infection on Feb 8 had picked up his grandchild there prior to hospital admission.


No risk of Singapore running short of essential food items, says Masagos

Sacks of rice, instant noodles and other food items at NTUC Fairprice’s Benoi Distribution Centre on Feb 8, 2020. ST PHOTO: CHONG JUN LIANG

The Republic has proven resilient in the past to short-term supply disruptions because of astute planning and the connectivity of the transport network, said the Environment and Water Resources Minister.


At least 66 more people confirmed with coronavirus on cruise ship in Japan

Passengers of the Diamond Princess cruise ship gesturing from their balconies at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on Feb 9, 2020. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The increasing number of patients on Carnival Corp.’s Diamond Princess has raised worries about a possible spread among the more than 3,600 people still aboard.


Fatal accidents, road deaths at record low in 2019, but more accidents involve elderly and motorcyclists

The latest statistics, down from 2.20 traffic deaths per 100,000 population in 2018, show the downward trend that began in 2010, when the figure stood at 3.8. PHOTO: ST FILE

There were 2.05 road traffic fatalities per 100,000 population in 2019, down from 2.20 the year before.


Parasite from South Korea makes Oscar history with Best Picture win

The cast of Parasite pose for a selfie during the Oscars arrivals at the 92nd Academy Awards in Hollywood on Feb 9, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS

The film, a vicious satire about the widening gap between rich and poor, took home four Academy Awards.