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Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Aug 21

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Friday, Aug 21.

Coronavirus: Out of 83k travellers entering S’pore from June 18 to Aug 6, 152 tested positive

Notably absent from the list of countries where recent cases were imported from was Malaysia. 

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Coronavirus: 14,500 foreign workers in Singapore still serving quarantine

These workers will be tested when their quarantine ends.

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Six in 10 Singaporeans satisfied with Govt’s management of Covid-19 situation: Survey

About 57 per cent of the respondents felt that the Government had a good grasp of the situation.

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Millions more in India may have caught coronavirus, antibody study suggests

This means 5.8 million people in New Delhi could have caught the virus – more than 37 times the official tally of 156,139 infections.

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Russia’s ‘Sputnik V’ Covid-19 vaccine to be tested on 40,000 people

More than 20 countries have made requests to purchase over a billion doses of the vaccine.

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SIA cabin crew trainers to conduct course for patient care officers at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital

The officers will perform non-clinical functions such as helping patients to clean up and feeding them. 

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Steve Bannon, key to Trump’s rise, pleads not guilty to border-wall fraud charges

Bannon is accused of defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors through a $34 million crowdfunding campaign called We Build The Wall.

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US vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris’ mention of ‘chithis’ fans interest in India

Some parts of Tamil Nadu saw banners in support of Ms Harris pop up.

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Beach hygiene tips issued after 4 suffer skin irritation

They were infected by staphylococcus aureus, a harmless and common bacterium.

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Couple charged with withholding information say they feared contact tracers’ calls were scams

Being a foreigner familiar with scam callers, it would be reasonable to expect Hu Jun to be wary of callers claiming to be officials, said the couple’s lawyer.

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