Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Oct 9

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Saturday, Oct 9.


Rate of increase in Covid-19 infections in S'pore has slowed: MOH

Although the doubling time has slowed, the large daily numbers continue to place a significant strain on the healthcare system.

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6 more Covid-19 deaths in Singapore, bringing toll to 142; 3,590 new infections

All six were seniors; five of them had various underlying medical conditions.

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More buzz in S'pore over South Korean vaccinated travel lane than German one

South Korea is nearer and the cost of a flight is lower, but prices for tour packages will be higher compared with before the pandemic.

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PM Lee Hsien Loong to address nation on Covid-19 situation at noon

PM Lee will be speaking on the Covid-19 situation at 12pm on Oct 9, 2021. PHOTO: MCI

"Please carry on as per normal - there is no need to rush out to stock up on items or dine out!" he said.

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Law against foreign interference: Who checks the checkers?

Fica was passed on Oct 4, three weeks after it was tabled in Parliament.

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Beijing flexes muscles with flights into Taiwan's air defence zone

Beijing has sent its war planes for five straight days into Taiwan's air defence zone. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

While there is no immediate risk of war, analysts say the tempo of the flights has raised the risk of an unintended conflict.

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Family of four needs $6,426 a month for basic standard of living in S'pore, says study

The Finance Ministry disputed the findings, saying "the conclusions may not be an accurate reflection of basic needs largely due to assumptions used".

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Sweeping changes in licensing conditions for pet boarders, breeders to improve animal welfare

From April 1 next year, those who breed pets for sale will need to do daily health checks for breeding pets and their litters.

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Football: Newcastle fans in S'pore looking forward to fresh start with new owners

Long-suffering followers welcome target of winning the Premier League within 10 years.

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Send tributes to Covid-19's front-liners using #STcovidheroes

To contribute, pen a tribute to a front-liner and upload it on Instagram with a short note.

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