S'pore grappling with 3 uncertainties as new Covid-19 cases near 1,000: Ong Ye Kung | THE BIG STORY

0:00 – THE BIG STORY

0:52 – NEW MEASURES TO CURB SPREAD
Singapore is likely to see 1,000 Covid-19 cases a day soon with the number of daily cases doubling every week, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung on Friday (Sept 17). Read more: https://str.sg/3S8z

This is not unexpected, he added. Every country that has decided to live with the virus will sooner or later have to undergo a “major wave of transmission”, just as Singapore is having now.

Professor Dale Fisher, a senior consultant at NUH’s Division of Infectious Diseases, weighs in.

10:50 – IMPROVED STANDARDS FOR NEW DORMS
The authorities have finalised a set of improved standards for all newly built migrant worker dormitories, including a cap of 12 residents per room and lowering the number of people who have to share toilets. Read more: https://str.sg/3S8d

This comes after a year-long review and pilot scheme where new living standards were trialled in semi-permanent Quick Build Dormitories that were built to reduce density in existing dorms last year.

13:40 – PM LEE GETS COVID-19 BOOSTER JAB
Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong received his Covid-19 booster jab at the Singapore General Hospital on Friday (Sept 17), nearly eight months after completing his two-dose vaccination regimen. “Cases are increasing rapidly. A booster jab will strengthen your protection against Covid-19,” said PM Lee on Facebook. Read more: https://str.sg/3S7q

17:03 – WHAT’S NEXT FOR SPH’S MEDIA BUSINESS?
Also on the show, interim chief executive officer of SPH Media Trust Patrick Daniel speaks to The Big Story on the plans for the new company limited by guarantee. Read more: https://str.sg/3SA5

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