Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Sept 30

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Thursday, Sept 30.


8 seniors die of Covid-19, bringing death toll to 93 in S'pore; 2,268 new cases

They comprise five Singaporean men and three Singaporean women, six of whom were unvaccinated.

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7 wards closed in 6 hospitals in recent weeks as 130 Covid-19 cases detected among staff, patients

Visits to hospital wards have been disallowed for four weeks from Sept 24 to Oct 23 due to more Covid-19 cases being detected.

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Nursing home staff soldiering on despite surge in Covid-19 cases and curbs

Employees at Hougang's Thye Hua Kwan Nursing Home pull 12-hour shifts, stay away from gatherings to avoid infection.

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ART vending machines make a difference at S'pore hospitals, firms

They help hospitals to redirect precious healthcare resources to perform more specialised tasks.

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PSLE pupils' parents anxious, frustrated by Covid-19 rules and delays

Some have called for more clarity and coordination among the service providers.

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So, the US is back in Asia: What's next?

In the wake of a recent flurry of American initiatives, China needs to offer fresh selling points, says associate editor Ravi Velloor.

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Debrief: Population decline raises issues around Singapore society, identity

Observers point to social considerations made more pronounced by the pandemic.

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How Fumio Kishida might steer Japan as the next Prime Minister

He now supports a more forceful defence posture despite heading one of the most dovish factions in the ruling party.

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Jack Neo's Ah Girls Go Army coming for Chinese New Year 2022

In the new movie, women have to be conscripted into the military as there are not enough men. 

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Tuas blast inquiry: Engineer says he deleted messages and photo from his phone and dead worker's

Mr Lwin Moe Tun was not in the workshop when the explosion occurred.

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