Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Nov 22

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Monday, Nov 22.


Experts question relevance of SafeEntry, TraceTogether amid endemic Covid-19

Extensive contact tracing, as was done in the early days of the pandemic, is no longer practical or necessary, they note.

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8 people die as new Covid-19 infections fall to 1,670, the lowest since Sept 27

Covid-19 weekly infection growth rate at 0.81 on Sunday, slightly up from 0.78 on Saturday.

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More divorced couples share care and control of their kids

A total of 9.5 per cent of civil divorces last year were awarded shared care and control, from 5.6 per cent in 2016.

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Demand for BTO HDB flats jumped 70% in 2020, with 87,800 applications

Comparatively, 51,400 BTO applications were made in 2019, and 38,500 applications in 2018.

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Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai tells IOC president she is safe during video call

Peng appeared to be relaxed during the 30-minute call.

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Goh Meng Seng's claim that Government is lying about TCM treatment for Covid-19 is baseless: MOH

MOH clarifies that while it had offered to sponsor a study, the researcher had withdrawn her application.

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First quarantine-free flight from Singapore lands in Australia on Sunday

Singapore citizens will not have to serve 14-days quarantine in a hotel after arrival in New South Wales and Victoria.

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Travelling to Singapore: In which scenarios would I have to foot my Covid-19 medical bills?

The billing measure applies to all travellers who meet its conditions, regardless of the travel lane they use.

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Why do some S'pore couples want to be child-free?

A 21-year-old seeking permanent sterilisation cited environmental concerns as her biggest reason for not wanting children.

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OCBC's scam detection helped customers save $10m this year

The bank has detected three times more scams a day than the average level over the past week amid the Singles' Day sale frenzy.

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