Evening Update: Today's headlines from The Straits Times on April 24

Good evening! Catch up on some of the main headlines on Friday, April 24.

897 new Covid-19 cases in Singapore, taking total to 12,075


Singaporeans and permanent residents make up 13 of the new patients.

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The Big Story: Exclusive interview with Masagos Zulkifli on safe distancing rules; welfare of foreign workers in S’pore
 

The minister discusses hot-button issues, including why people are still breaking safe distancing rules, and the rise in the number of enforcement officers and safe distancing ambassadors being abused.

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MOH suspends officer who allegedly leaked number of new coronavirus cases in S’pore, reviews its processes


The 35-year-old civil servant is a Singaporean woman and was arrested under the Official Secrets Act and Computer Misuse Act, the police said on Thursday.

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Sufficient safe shelter capacity for the homeless during circuit breaker: Desmond Lee


These shelters, called Safe, Sound Sleeping Places, are run by 35 organisations.

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Hin Leong founder sells Bukit Timah bungalow for $27m days before firm files for bankruptcy protection


There are 23 banks exposed to Hin Leong for more than US$3.6 billion, including Singapore’s big three – DBS Bank, United Overseas Bank and OCBC Bank.

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Coronavirus: 46 donors contribute $458,000 to new relief fund to help SIT students in need


The university said that the student relief fund will give out grants of up to $2,000 to each recipient to cover living costs and school expenses.

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Coronavirus: 85 Singapore residents evacuated from Saudi Arabia as country suspends all commercial flights


The group includes 40 students studying in Saudi Arabia and their dependants.

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HC Surgical says ‘impractical’ in 2019 to further probe doctor named in SMC complaint


The woman also forwarded the complaint to other doctors, prompting Dr Julian Ong to file a defamation lawsuit against her. He lost the suit in early April, and news of it sent HCSS’s shares on an erratic ride last week.

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Coronavirus: Singaporean to plead guilty to leaving home about 30 minutes before period of isolation ended


If convicted, Tay Chun Hsien faces up to six months in jail and a fine of up to $10,000.

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Covid-19 stay-home guide: Taiwanese fare with bubble tea to boot


Bubble tea fans need not panic. There are eateries with the drinks on the menu and you can get them delivered.

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