Singapore reports 3 new cases of COVID-19, including 1 in the community and 1 imported

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SINGAPORE: Singapore reported three new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday October 17 at noon, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its preliminary update.

There is a new case in the community, one living in a dormitory and an imported infection.

The imported case had been put on formal notice upon arrival in Singapore, the health ministry said, adding that more details will be released on Saturday evening.

This brings the total number of COVID-19 infections in Singapore to 57,904.

Like many countries, Singapore’s economy has been battered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The country entered a recession in the second quarter after shutting down non-essential businesses as part of measures to contain infections during a “breaker” period of nearly two months.

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On Thursday, Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said that given the scale of the COVID-19 crisis, the government may not be able to save all businesses and jobs.

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The government will however continue to support every worker, Heng said, adding that employers and job seekers must keep an open mind and be ready to adapt and adapt.

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The National Wage Council also weighed in on the matter on Friday, saying companies that have already exhausted other cost-cutting measures should consider implementing temporary pay cuts, but only to the extent necessary to minimize staff reductions.

Pay cuts are expected to depend on the performance and outlook of the company as well as the industry it is in, with the burden of pay cuts not falling on any particular group, the board said.

With more layoffs expected, a notice issued jointly by the Department of Manpower (MOM), the National Trade Union Congress (NTUC) and the Singapore National Employers’ Federation (SNEF) has also been updated to providing more advice to employers who should fire workers was announced on Saturday.

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It includes calls for companies to retain Singaporean workers, guidelines on how employers can educate their workers in a more sensitive way, as well as to integrate training programs into the post-layoff program.

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