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Commentary: Five considerations for a clear-minded coronavirus response

Clarity on the outcomes governments are aiming for and the consequences of actions taken are crucial at this time, says Saw Swee Hock School of ...

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COVID-19 Outbreak

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Commentary: With command and control, Taiwan excels in managing COVID-19

A key element in Taiwan’s preparedness was the lessons learned from its devastating experience with the SARS epidemic in 2003, ...

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Commentary: Japan really needs to get cracking on coronavirus testing

The country has shut its eyes to weaknesses in COVID-19 testing and has been defensive when suggestions are raised, says Yuka ...

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Commentary: The ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic could unfold

The COVID-19 situation has seen large outbreaks, and is now a pandemic. There are some scenarios as to how this will play out, ...

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Commentary: Why Singapore is better prepared to handle COVID-19 than SARS

Lessons learnt from SARS and investments in science, research, and technology have provided game-changers for Singapore, says ...

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Aviation News

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Commentary: COVID-19, the biggest crisis ever for Singapore’s aviation industry and Singapore Airlines

The global aviation industry is facing its biggest crisis in at least several decades. In Singapore, the crisis, exacerbated ...

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Technology

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Commentary: Developing affordable, accurate test kits for COVID-19 one of the biggest challenge this outbreak

Global public health teams are facing the challenge of developing diagnostic tests amid many unknowns, says Susan Froetschel.

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Modern Business

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Commentary: COVID-19 outbreak has overworked some but left more with little to do

During this coronavirus outbreak, industries must find ways to make better use of idle resources to fight the virus, says the ...

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Work Life

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Commentary: Buried under a bursting inbox? It’s time to stop our problematic email habits

Bad email habits like unnecessary exchanges and spamming recipients who need not be involved are leading to poor work ...

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Living Well

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Commentary: Will you hire and retain persons with mental health conditions?

With more people in Singapore experiencing a mental health issue in their lifetimes, NMP Anthea Ong says that employers can no ...

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Commentary: Three smarter ways to use screen time while kids are at home

There are ways to use tech to help kids learn, explore their interests and get creative, says an observer.

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Sports

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Commentary: Organisers may have little choice than to cancel the Tokyo Olympics

With one of football’s biggest events, the European Championships, postponing its summer tournament by a year, pressure is ...

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On Indonesia

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Commentary: COVID-19 reveals cracks in Indonesia’s leadership

The COVID-19 crisis highlights the weaknesses in President Joko Widodo’s tactical approach to politics and the lack of ...

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Commentary: Malaysia’s new foreign policy outlook under Muhyiddin Yassin’s government – four predictions

Foreign policy will likely see more continuity than change, and hosting a good APEC will be top priority in the near term, ...

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Southeast Asia

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Commentary: US-China Phase One trade deal poses unexpected risks for Southeast Asia

The US forcibly tying Chinese import requirements to the trade deal risks violating global trading rules, distorting and ...

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Commentary: North Korea's nuclear testing during COVID-19 outbreak multiplies South Korea's headaches

Fears of the virus’s spread have ruined hopes tourism could bind North and South Korea, says Khang Vu.

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Rising China

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Commentary: On sick leave, but China still makes great leap forward in Med Tech

This COVID-19 outbreak has turbocharged the rise of digital healthcare platforms and solutions to aid healthcare workers, says ...

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Commentary: Joe Biden’s establishment credentials suddenly look attractive with this coronavirus outbreak

Faced with a diverse field of candidates and now a major crisis, Democrats go with what they know, says Erin Hurley.

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Lifestyle &Entertainment

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Commentary: Yes, you can still get married in a time of COVID-19 – here’s how

If your wedding banquet must go on, there are practical changes you can make to reduce the risk of infection among your ...

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Education and Entrepreneurship

Schools in Japan have been closed, but that could be counterproductive

Commentary: Why Japan’s move to close schools during COVID-19 outbreak upset many – and not just parents

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has announced a closure of schools across the nation but this has been met with scepticism, even ...

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World News

Day five of Italy's nationwide coronavirus lockdown, in Milan

Commentary: Italy’s struggle with coronavirus threatens all of Europe

What Italy badly needs, during this pandemic, is support and solidarity from the rest of Europe, says the Financial Times' ...

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Commentary: Flattened the curve for now but Hong Kong braces for a second coronavirus wave

As many places around the world start to feel the pain of COVID-19, Hong Kong seems to have brought the virus' spread under ...

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Commentary: Three scenarios if the COVID-19 outbreak gets worse

Developments in the rest of the world can seed subsequent waves of outbreak despite Singapore’s best efforts at preventing ...

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