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Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on March 1

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Monday, March 1.

Myanmar police crack down on protests for second day; at least 18 dead

Police opened fire in different parts of the main city of Yangon after stun grenades and tear gas failed to disperse crowds. 

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Global Covid-19 herd immunity may take nearly 5 years, new data suggests

Estimates suggest that 70% to 90% of the world’s population will have to be inoculated before it approaches herd immunity.

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Singapore’s Covid-19 vaccination drive boosts hopes for some normalcy

But some issues remain, such as the threshold for herd immunity, new variants and length of immunity.

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Covid-19: Tracking the global race to vaccinate

Track the Covid-19 vaccine roll-out in 102 places around the world.

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No flu cases at S’pore polyclinics in more than 8 months

It is the first time that such a steep fall has been observed since MOH started monitoring for flu over a decade ago.

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India’s fake degree scandal reflects poor regulation of higher education

It is a lucrative business and even when corrupt practices are widely known, the authorities can be slow to act.

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10 injured, including 3 children, after fire engulfs Whampoa flat

About 100 people from the affected block were evacuated by SCDF and the police.

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Fund-raising initiative for Tuas fire victim’s family raises $204,000

Mr Marimuthu is survived by his wife and two children.

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Puncture holes found on Singapore Airlines cargo plane after landing in Brussels

The aircraft will return to Singapore after the repairs are completed.

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Dormitory resident among 11 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore

The new cases take Singapore’s total to 59,936.

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