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Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on May 20

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Wednesday, May 20.

Singapore schools to open in phases from June 2 after Covid-19 circuit breaker: How this will work

Here are some of the adjustments planned for schools and pre-schools.

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Curbs on dining in and meeting most kin to stay

It could take at least four weeks to exit the first phase. 

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Coronavirus: More businesses allowed to resume on June 2 but most people to continue working from home

Some limited consumer services can resume from June 2, such as all hairdressing services. But retail shops and dining-in are still not allowed.

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WHO member states agree to independent probe of its coronavirus response

They also agreed to push for equitable access for any treatments or vaccines developed against Covid-19, and urged an international probe into the origins of the new virus.

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Coronavirus: Singapore’s testing rate of 49,000 tests per million people among highest in the world

Over 281,000 tests for Covid-19 on 191,000 unique individuals have been carried out here so far.

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Children with Covid-19 may be less contagious than adults; human immunity may not last long

Research had shown that there was a much lower level of symptomatic infection in those under 20 years-old, two top epidemiologists said.

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Johnson & Johnson to stop selling talc-based Johnson’s Baby Powder in US, Canada

The company said it was part of a broad reassessment of its consumer product portfolio prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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MHC Medical Network CEO removed from post

He held the position for less than a year.

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Prosecution seeks steeper jail sentences for former AMKTC general manager and company director in bribery case

Prosecutors are asking for the ex-general manager to be sentenced to four years’ jail for corruption, almost double the 27-month prison term he is currently serving.

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#Stayhome guide for Wednesday: Treat yourself to delicious soba, bake flourless chocolate cake and more

Tsuta is offering a “one-for-one” promotion until the end of this month.

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