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Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Jan 22

Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Friday, Jan 22.


3 new Covid-19 cases in BS Industrial & Construction Supply cluster for a total of 7

The new patients included the wife of the cluster’s first case and another of the firm’s employee.

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Help is on the way: Biden unveils Covid-19 plan but says US death toll could top 500,000 next month

Biden’s plan includes mounting an aggressive vaccination campaign, requiring masks on interstate travel and international travellers to quarantine.

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Singaporean music director behind J.Lo’s performance at US President Biden’s inauguration

Mr Lenny Wee produced, arranged, orchestrated and directed the songs for Lopez’s segment.

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Joe Biden’s inauguration sends a message of resilience

His inaugural speech, stressing unity, tolerance and humility, drew praise across the political spectrum.

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Fighting the unknown: Covid-19 task force co-chairs Gan Kim Yong, Lawrence Wong sum up challenges

These included dealing with uncertainty and implementing their ideas.

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Malaysia extends Covid-19 movement curbs for several areas, including KL, by a week to Feb 4

Daily infections stayed above 3,000 cases for the eighth consecutive day.

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Daiso is latest to go online, but shoppers also want physical stores

393 items are listed on the online store.

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5,135 family violence cases reported in 2020 as police release figures for first time

The offences included causing hurt, using criminal force and assault.

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Time to lock up natural reserves with ‘second key’

Singapore’s remaining forests are long-term assets that need protection like its fiscal reserves. 

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Man arrested for allegedly selling more than $360,000 of fake MBS packages on Carousell

The man allegedly waited until the victims paid him before cutting off contact.

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