Top news today from The Straits Times on Oct 9

Catch up on some of the main headlines on Saturday, Oct 9.


S'pore must press on with strategy of living with Covid-19 and not be paralysed by fear: PM Lee

Addressing the nation on the situation, PM Lee set out why a zero-Covid-19 strategy is no longer feasible.

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Singapore's Covid-19 'new normal' expected to be 3 to 6 months away: PM Lee

The surge would level off at some point, with cases starting to dip hopefully within a month or so.

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Those unvaccinated against Covid-19 can no longer eat at hawker centres, enter malls, from Oct 13

This is to protect unvaccinated individuals and reduce strain on healthcare system, said MOH.

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S'pore to allow quarantine-free travel to 9 more countries, including US, UK

(Clockwise from top right) Among the countries that have established VTLs with Singapore are the US, Britain and Canada. PHOTOS: ST FILE, REUTERS

The 9 countries are US, UK, Denmark, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Canada and South Korea.

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Covid-19 quarantine orders scrapped, simpler rules to be rolled out in Singapore from Oct 11

Singapore's Covid-19 strategy will now rely heavily on antigen rapid tests. PHOTO: ST FILE

Under the new protocols, there will only be three sets of rules.

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Singapore's path forward to a new normal: 10 takeaways from PM Lee's national address

Singapore is making steady progress to reaching the new normal of Covid-19 resilience, even if sometimes it may not feel like it, said PM Lee. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Here's a look at 10 takeaways from PM Lee's address.

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Home recovery the default Covid-19 care arrangement, except for certain groups

Since the start of the HRP on Sept 15, more than 19,000 individuals have been recovering at home. PHOTO: ST FILE

Those excluded include vaccinated people aged 80 and older, and kids below one year old.

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NParks to distribute 400,000 seed packs of edible plants this year

Prior to the latest distribution, NParks had already distributed 460,000 seed packets, said National Development Minister Desmond Lee. PHOTO: NPARKS

Gardeners can start registering their interest for them from 10am on Oct 10.

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China's Xi vows 'reunification' with Taiwan, but holds off threatening use of force

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Oct 9, 2021. PHOTO: REUTERS

Mr Xi said the Chinese people have a "glorious tradition" of opposing separatism.

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Former actress Chen Chen recovering from 2nd brain surgery

Former actress Chen Chen (in orange) appeared in photos posted by veteran Hong Kong journalist Wong Man Ling on Oct 7. On the right is Chen Chen when she was younger. PHOTOS: WONG MAN LING/WEIBO, CHEN CHEN/FACEBOOK

She went for the surgery in March after she felt giddy in her home and fell, hitting her face on the sofa.

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