Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on March 31

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Tuesday, March 31.


35 new Covid-19 cases in S'pore, 3 new clusters - a Boat Quay bar, a dormitory and a serviced apartment


Nightspot Hero's at 69 Circular Road and serviced apartment Wilby Residences at 25 Wilby Road, two of the three new Covid-19 clusters announced on March 30, 2020. PHOTOS: HERO'S / FACEBOOK, SCREENGRAB FROM GOOGLE MAPS

Four cases are linked to the foreign worker dormitory, seven are linked to the serviced apartment block and five are linked to the bar.

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MAS warns of job losses, slower wage growth as recession looms


The central bank said the job market will worsen amid a sharp drop in both economic activity and demand for goods and services at home and abroad. PHOTO: ST FILE

The central bank said the job market will worsen amid a sharp drop in both economic activity and demand for goods and services at home and abroad.

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Indonesia needs stronger measures to stop domestic movements, says President Jokowi


Indonesia's Red Cross personnel spraying disinfectant on a road in Jakarta on March 28, 2020. PHOTO: REUTERS

Mr Joko may issue a presidential emergency decree that would prevent any current laws from hampering government efforts to tackle the outbreak.

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Coronavirus: Postponed Tokyo Olympics to start on July 23, 2021


The Games were postponed last week due to the deepening coronavirus pandemic. PHOTO: REUTERS

The IOC said the new dates would give health authorities and organisers "the maximum time to deal with the constantly changing landscape and the disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic".

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After 13 days in ICU, Case 119 finally won his battle against coronavirus


Alexandra Hospital medical staff putting on personal protective equipment before attending to a patient. Ben said he felt bad on occasions when he had to call for help just a few minutes after a nurse left his room, as the nurse would have to put on the protective gear every time he or she came. PHOTO: ALEXANDRA HOSPITAL

Doctors say only 5 per cent of cases turn out to be as severe as Ben's, who literally had to fight for his life. Here is an account of his struggle.

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Coronavirus: ST correspondents' accounts of lives disrupted in Jakarta, Bangkok and Bangalore


PHOTOS: REUTERS, BLOOMBERG

One was spooked after seeing a delivery man cough near a kitchen while another speed-walked home, feeling like a criminal. ST correspondents give a first-person account of what life is like in the cities they are living in.

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Coronavirus: Local company invents new mask to tackle global shortage; 1,000 being shipped here for sale


The Gill Mask, as it is known, is a reusable face mask that can be fitted with a filter made from just one-sixth of the material used in a standard surgical mask. PHOTOS: MDESIGN SOLUTIONS

The Gill Mask, as it is known, is a reusable face mask that can be fitted with a filter made from just one-sixth of the material used in a standard surgical mask.

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Singapore gives coronavirus frontliners a round of applause


Siblings Lucas Low, four, and Hayley Low, eight, applauding in appreciation of Covid-19 frontline workers, at Cantonment Road on March 30, 2020. ST PHOTO: JASON QUAH

Whether from their windows, doors or balconies, people clapped, cheered, sang Ole and even banged saucepans.

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Free disposal scheme for non-compliant e-scooters extended by three months


The queue at a designated disposal point for e-scooters in Jurong West on Nov 28, 2019. ST PHOTO: GAVIN FOO

From July 1 onwards, all motorised PMDs like e-scooters and hoverboards which are used on public paths must be certified to the UL2272 safety standard.

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Woman, granddaughter die after traffic accident, a week apart


A woman (left) and her granddaughter had been critically injured in an accident at the junction of Tampines Avenue 9 and Avenue 10 involving the van they were in and a car. PHOTO: DERRICK NG/FACEBOOK

Both had been critically injured in an accident on March 22 involving the van they were in and a car. 

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