Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Oct 17

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Saturday, Oct 17.

Active Covid-19 cases fall below 100 for the first time in Singapore since March 12

30 patients remain in hospital while 59 are recuperating in community facilities. 

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Temporary wage cuts: Enduring short-term pain to protect long-term jobs

The NWC recommends that employers could cut wages temporarily to minimise retrenchments.

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Thai police pushback against protesters could harden positions

Analysts say the Friday crackdown may narrow chances of a political resolution.

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Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn says people should love country and monarchy

The King’s comments were aired as protesters gathered in Bangkok for a third straight day.

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Polls open as New Zealanders decide PM Jacinda Ardern’s fate in ‘Covid election’

Pre-election opinion polls put support for Ms Ardern’s party at 46 per cent.

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Singapore and Hong Kong’s travel bubble: How Covid-19 rules differ between the cities

In Hong Kong, masks do not have to be worn in outdoor public places.

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Covid-19 vaccine trials in Singapore expedited with use of real-time data

There is currently only one Covid-19 vaccine candidate being tested in Singapore.

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450,000 contact-tracing devices to be given to workers in dorms, selected industries

They will be given to employers in the construction, marine shipyard and process sectors.

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Orchard Towers murder: AGC asks police to probe netizens over comments linking race to sentencing

The AGC refuted claims that the courts impose sentences based on the race of offenders.

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FairPrice apologises after bat seen eating bananas outside Jurong East outlet

NTUC has contacted the authorities to look into why there are bats in the area.

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