Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on July 2

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Friday, July 2.


'Sleep, exercise, work, eat': Ong Ye Kung on life amid Covid-19 in ST interview

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While Health Minister Ong Ye Kung was in The Straits Times newsroom on Thursday, July 1, ST News Night's Cheow Sue-Ann took the opportunity to have a quick catch-up with him where she finds out - among other things - how Minister Ong likes his coffee

There is also no difference between a weekday and a weekend, he said.

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Perks for those vaccinated against Covid-19 not meant to be discriminatory: Ong Ye Kung

Rather, this differentiation between the vaccinated and unvaccinated is necessary from a public health standpoint, he said.

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No pre-event testing exemption for Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine upsets some in Singapore

MOH had said that vaccines not included in the national programme may lack sufficient documentation of how well they prevent infection.

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Trump Organisation, CFO are charged in 'sweeping' 15-year tax fraud

It could complicate Mr Trump's political future as he mulls a 2024 White House run.

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Costly Covid-19 tests, SHN deter S'pore travellers from flocking to reopened Phuket

Phuket is the first province in Thailand to welcome back tourists after borders were shut over a year ago.

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Covid-19 cluster at Block 506 Hougang Avenue 8 among 4 closed

Two of the four new cases are linked to the 115 Bukit Merah View Market and Hawker Centre cluster.

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96% of e-bike and e-scooter users have passed new compulsory theory test: LTA

Users will have to pass the test by the end of this year in order to continue using them in public spaces.

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Review of hall vacancies sends NTU students scrambling

NTU had said that hall occupancy would be reduced for Covid-19 isolation and other related purposes.

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Wild, wet walks on Changi's intertidal beach

Intertidal zones are showcases of resilience and pack a lot of abundant life in a small area - rather like Singapore, says Chua Mui Hoong.

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Why 'disability' word not used in Census 2020, even as these numbers reported for the first time

The census found that 97,600 people were unable to or had a lot of difficulty in performing at least one basic activity in six domains last year.

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