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

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


Deadly, more transmissible Covid-19 variant can’t be ruled out, but chances are low: Experts

There’s no such immediate threat, and that gives Singapore a chance to get more people vaccinated. 

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8 new Covid-19 clusters, with one at Selarang work release centre

There were 117 new locally transmitted cases on Saturday, including 26 linked to Jurong Fishery Port.

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MOE looking at buddy systems to help students cope with problems: Chan Chun Sing

Those who are providing peer support must be equipped with the skills to listen effectively, he added.

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Social media use can trigger feelings of inferiority or inadequacy among young: Experts

“It can be as simple as ‘this is not funny’ or ‘you’re ugly’ and you start wondering whether what they say is true,” said an influencer on TikTok.

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Muhyiddin blocks any further attempts to oust him as Malaysia’s prime minister

Muhyiddin’s postponing of Monday’s parliament sitting comes after his government was publicly rebuked by Malaysia’s king.

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Man wins $400K case due to good networking

It’s often said that when it comes to doing well at work, who you know can count for more than what you know.

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More young people jumping aboard the cryptocurrency train despite risks

Their principal investment amounts can vary from as little as tens of dollars to a few thousand.

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2 new nature trails to run through Clementi Forest; one to be ready by 2023

One trail will run along an existing stream, while another 4km path will run along a stretch of the old Jurong Railway Line.

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Solo dining may be the sweet spot for Covid-19 safety, eatery income

It may be time to show solo diners more love, because people may have acquired an appetite for dining by themselves during the pandemic, says Denise Chong.

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Olympics: Singapore sailors Cecilia Low, Kimberly Lim rejoice at ‘unreal’ achievement

The 49er FX pair have qualified for the medal race after placing 9th out of 21 countries.

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