World News Day
Straits Times China correspondent Elizabeth Law has reported from conflict zones and natural disaster-hit areas. Last year, she also reported on the Hong Kong protests.
US updates Covid-19 measures based on new findings; some media outlets misrepresent information: Anthony Fauci
America's policies on handling the Covid-19 outbreak are constantly updated based on the most recent findings about the virus.
COVERING THE PANDEMIC
Our China Correspondent Elizabeth Law was among the first to visit Wuhan, the city of 11 million that was the epicentre of the global coronavirus outbreak, when it lifted its two-month lockdown on April 8. She recounts:
Can I go to my favourite bubble tea shop to buy a drink, or perhaps go to the park for some exercise? Can Covid-19 infect my pet, and can I visit my grandchildren to take care of them?
On Aug 7, Singapore finished testing all 323,000 migrant workers staying in dormitories for Covid-19. And the tally as at Aug 3 had shown that some nine in 10 of these workers - or 273,000 - had recovered or had been tested to be free of Covid-19.
Our executive editor Sumiko Tan took to the streets of Singapore to capture the uncanny quiet of a normally bustling city at the height of the partial lockdown in April. This was for a report to go with special drone footage of the city captured by our team from the ST Photo Desk. She recounts: In a city that has hit the pause button, it is the security officer you see the most often.
The Straits Times partnered with 11 local artists for a remake of a timeless, well-loved song to urge Singaporeans and residents to stay at home and do their bit to help the country overcome the Covid-19 outbreak.
FROM THE FRONT LINE
All across India, the springtime harvest of several winter crops has started, and farmers are sitting on truckloads of grains and pulses. But with a nationwide lockdown in place to control the spread of the coronavirus, mandis - where farmers sell their harvest - have been closed.
Hundreds of Malaysians - from factory workers and salesmen to electricians, painters and carpenters - have crossed the Causeway to Singapore for work since Aug 17.
TACKLING THE INFODEMIC
Infodemics, often including rumours, stigma and conspiracy theories, have been common since the early days of Covid-19 and occurred in waves, according to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene.
Mr Muhammad Adimaja, a photojournalist for Antara, has shot pictures of burial workers in Pondok Rangon and Tegal Alur, the two largest public cemeteries specially designated for Covid-19 victims in Jakarta.
While the world is more connected today and more people have much more information readily available at their fingertips, societies are not necessarily better informed or equipped to make the tough choices needed if we are to address the many challenges we face, says Editor-in-Chief Warren Fernandez.