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The main focus on the news wire was JOBS.

From the loss of jobs by Suntec Employees to the raising of minimum qualifying salary for S Pass and EP Pass, the spotlight on jobs has never been brighter.

Interestingly, since Covid19 has restricted entry for new residents taking up employment, the rise in the minimum qualifying salary may not have too much impact for now. 

1) 77 new Covid19 cases

  • 70 Dorms (66 quarantine, 4 surveillance)
  • 2 Community (SC)
  • 4 Imported cases

While the majority of dorms cases are from that quarantine, 4 cases were detected from surveillance.  2 community cases are from those diagnosed with ARI

Source: MOH

2) The previously cleared Sungei Tengah Lodge cluster has another 48 additional cases. The new cluster has 117 confirmed cases now.

Could we see another round of lockdown for the dorms?

Source: MOH

3) Elias Mall in Pasir Ris, Our Tampines Hub visited by Covid19 cases while infectious

Sheng Siong supermarket and 623 F&B at Elias Mall on Aug 19 between 7.45am and 9.05am

Our Tampines Hub at 1 Tampines Walk on Aug 22 between 3pm and 3.45pm

Source: Today

4) MOH facilitating tests for visitors to camera store  who has contact with the infected employee 

This is the result of 2 cases from the same place.  All individuals who visited from Aug 15-18 will be contacted.

Epidemiological investigations found that the woman had visited SLR Revolution camera shop at Excelsior Shopping Centre on Aug 17, when she "may have had contact" with a previous case, who had gone to work at the shop during his infectious period.

Source: CNA

5) 10 F& B outlets fined for breaching safe distancing measures.

URA in its press release said that, in particular, several F&B outlets at China Square and along Prinsep Street were found to have repeatedly breached safe distancing regulations.

These include accepting reservations for more than five persons and allowing the intermingling of large groups of people across tables.

Source: Today

6) Minimum qualifying salary to rise by $600 for EP and $100 for S Passes

From September, the minimum qualifying salary for new Employment Pass candidates will be raised by S$600 to S$4,500. This is the second such increase this year – the salary criteria for new Employment Pass holders was raised by S$300 to S$3,900 in May, and before that, also by S$300 to S$3,600 in Jan 2017.

The qualifying salaries for older and more experienced Employment Pass candidates in their 40s will also be raised, remaining at around double the minimum qualifying salary for the youngest applicants, said MOM in a press release. 

For renewal Employment Pass applicants in all sectors – including financial services – these new salary criteria will be effective from May 1, 2021. 

The last part effectively increases the salary of the current cohort if companies choose to retain them.

Source: CNA

7) Nearly half of Suntec Singapore Workforce to be retrenched as Covid19 hits meetings and exhibitions industry

The retrenchment exercise will affect 85 roles across the company, including sales, operations and support functions such as finance and HR, Suntec Singapore and the Building Construction And Timber Industries Employees' Union (BATU)

Source: CNA

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