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0:00 – THE BIG STORY

0:35 – SINGAPORE TO OPEN VTL WITH SOUTH KOREA
People vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to travel between Singapore and South Korea without quarantine from Nov 15. The announcement by both countries means that Singapore residents now have a second option for leisure travel without quarantine, in addition to Germany. Read more:

Chan Guat Cheng, executive director at Chan Brothers Group, discusses what it means for the tourism industry.

5:39 – 60 F&B PREMISES PENALISED
60 F&B outlets have been penalised for breaching safe management measures since mid-September, said the Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment on Friday (Oct 8). Of these, 36 were ordered to close temporarily, 21 were fined and three pivoted nightlife establishments had their food licences permanently revoked. Read more:

6:30 – COVID-19 SINGAPORE UPDATE

7:08 – SURVEILLANCE SYSTEM SNIFFS OUT COVID-19
Researchers from the Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering (SCELSE) at Nanyang Technological University and NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine have developed a surveillance system to sniff out the presence of airborne Sars-CoV-2 RNA – the genetic sequence for the virus that causes Covid-19. Read more:

Associate Professor David Allen, from the Infectious Diseases Translational Research Programme at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and Dr Irvan Luhung, a senior research fellow at SCELSE, share more about the system with The Big Story.

14:15 – FANS CELEBRATE SAUDI ARABIA-LED TAKEOVER OF NEWCASTLE
Newcastle United director Amanda Staveley on Thursday said the club’s new Saudi-led ownership aims to win the Premier League within 10 years after a £300 million takeover. Sports correspondent Sazali Abdul Aziz weighs in on what it spells for the club’s immediate and long-term future. Read more:

*Correction: Images used for the story on the fire in a Jurong West HDB flat included two photos of a separate, unrelated fire incident in Ghim Moh. We’re sorry for the error.

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