Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on March 19

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Thursday, March 19.

S'pore sees record 47 new coronavirus cases; S'poreans, residents told to defer all overseas travel

People arriving at Changi Airport on March 16, 2020. In line with recent trends, 33 of the new cases are imported and 30 of them involve Singapore residents returning from abroad. ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

S'poreans and residents returning to the country will all have to serve a 14-day isolation period.


Dow falls 6.3% in latest US stocks rout

Traders watch stock prices at the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange on 18 March 2020. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

The Dow fell as much as 10 per cent during the early afternoon.


Malaysian PM Muhyiddin says control measures could be extended if coronavirus continues to spread

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said movement restrictions may be extended after March 31 if government fails to curb spread of Covid-19, in a televised statement, on March 18, 2020. PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM NST/FACEBOOK

His plea for Malaysians to stay at home came as the number of those infected reached 790 cases, with two deaths reported.


Coronavirus: What happens if you are issued a stay-home notice?

The move, which will take effect from 11.59pm on March 20, was among new measures announced to contain the spread of coronavirus cases. ST PHOTO: LIM YAOHUI

Can your family members continue to stay with you during the 14-day stay-home notice? Are they at risk of infection?


Coronavirus: Italy reports 475 new deaths, highest one-day toll of any nation

Patients lie in bed inside a new coronavirus intensive care unit at Brescia Poliambulanza hospital in, Lombardy, March 17, 2020. PHOTO: AFP

Italy has now recorded 34.2 per cent of all the deaths officially attributed to Covid-19 across the world.


Coronavirus: Without tough steps, Singapore might have 5,000 cases by now

For now, it is not known exactly how many people have been infected but not identified. This can change the picture as the case fatality rate is different from the infection fatality rate. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

Based on the premise of one Covid-19 patient transmitting the infection to another two, the number of people infected doubles every week if nothing is done to disrupt the transmission.


Thousands of Muslim pilgrims ignore virus risk to gather in Indonesia

Images on the Facebook account Aalmi Tablighi Shura Elders showed the Indonesia site in Gowa, near the provincial city of Makassar, where thousands of pilgrims had gathered for an event. PHOTO: AALMI TABLIGHI SHURA ELDERS/FACEBOOK

"We are more afraid of God," said one of the organisers.


Coronavirus: Prices of fruit, vegetable and fish remain stable, not affected by Malaysia lockdown

A vegetable stall at a wet market in Marsiling Lane on March 18, 2020. PHOTO: LIANHE WANBAO

Singapore currently imports food from more than 170 countries and regions.


Tan Cheng Bock set to contest West Coast GRC as PSP eyes 15 constituencies

In a photo taken on July 26, 2019, Dr Tan Cheng Bock announces the new Progress Singapore Party at a press conference. PHOTO: ST FILE

The party has identified 44 candidates, with another 13 in reserve.


Taxi driver stepped on gas by mistake, hit three vehicles and caused man's death

Ho Kee Hoe unintentionally stepped on the accelerator instead of the brakes, causing a chain of events that led to the death of an elderly passenger in another taxi. ST PHOTO: WONG KWAI CHOW

Ho Kee Hoe was sentenced to three weeks' jail and disqualified from driving all classes of vehicles for four years.


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