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There will be one community vaccination centre in each of the 24 Housing Board (HDB) towns by end-March, as Singapore ramps up its Covid-19 vaccination drive, with the elderly starting to get their jabs today. The centres will ensure that when more vaccines arrive, they can be quickly distributed to the population.
THE BIG STORY
Singapore's factory output extended its rebound last month, notching another month of better-than-expected performance, with electronics, chemicals and precision engineering driving growth. Overall, manufacturing output increased 7.3 per cent last year, compared with 2019.
A two-month-long farmers' protest over new farm laws exploded yesterday, with protesters clashing with police as India celebrated its annual Republic Day.
Tear gas was used in at least two spots, including the central part of New Delhi, where farmers clashed with police as farmer leaders called for peace.
Two refurbished Republic of Singapore Navy patrol vessels are now back and ready to more effectively defend Singapore's waters after being equipped with new capabilities. They are part of a new Maritime Security and Response Flotilla inaugurated yesterday.
Businesses in Singapore saw their revenues plunge by 31 per cent on average amid the Covid-19 pandemic, although 69 per cent of them are confident of sustaining themselves for the next 12 months. Almost two-thirds of businesses were negatively affected by the pandemic, an annual survey found.
The Tokyo Games organisers and the International Olympic Committee are facing a tough balancing act regarding Covid-19 vaccinations for foreign athletes and officials. While it is not mandatory, those who do not get inoculated are likely to face a longer quarantine and additional testing.