Singapore ends two-month virus lockdown, though some curbs remain Jun 03, 2020 0 403 12345 DPAKuala LumpurSingapore on Tuesday began allowing activities that “do not pose high risk of transmission” to resume after two months of lockdown, despite reporting the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in East Asia.Some offices and factories resumed operations, children went back to school, while places of worship began to open their doors. Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday that the relaxation will likely prove “a big relief to all” but one that is “certainly not without its risks.” The tiny but wealthy city-state has diagnosed 35,292 cases of the new coronavirus, more than any country in East or South-East Asia except for China.Pledging that the government would build new residences to house up to 100,000 of the roughly 320,000 migrants who sleep sometimes 10-20 to a room, National Development Minister Lawrence Wong described the situation at the dormitories as “under control” on Monday.With new daily cases of the virus among Singaporeans down to single figures most days over the past week, the government opted to stick to the scheduled phased winding down of restrictions from June 1.“More patients have now recovered and been discharged, than are still receiving care,” Lee said. Some restrictions will remain for several more weeks.Some places of worship will not reopen despite having permission to do so. The Catholic Archdiocese of Singapore said it would delay reopening churches due to curbs on deploying volunteers. The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore said that 64 mosques would allow up to 5 people to pray for up to 20 minutes, in keeping with the looser restrictions.Singapore’s open economy looks set to be hit hard by the pandemic and lockdowns.Several of Lee’s cabinet said that despite Tuesday’s easing of restrictions, people in Singapore would have to get used to a “new normal” - a slogan that leaders around the world are echoing to refer to changes to daily life perceived as necessary to reining in the pandemic - unless a vaccine is created. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Wuhan tests nearly 10 million people, finds only 300 infections Jun 03, 2020 0 532 Mumbai, grappling with pandemic, braces for Cyclone Nisarga Jun 03, 2020 0 370 Suicide bomber targets mosque in Kabul’s Green Zone Jun 03, 2020 0 26 Philippines suspends termination of defence pact with US DPA Manila The Philippines has suspended for at least six months the termination of a 21-year-old defence pact with the United States, which would have taken effect in August. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin said .. 21 dead in rain-triggered landslides in India’s Assam state New Delhi At least 21 people were killed in a series of landslides triggered by incessant rains in India’s north-eastern state of Assam on Tuesday, officials said. Several villagers were injured in the landslides that .. Bangladesh reports first Covid-19 death in crowded Rohingya camp DPA Dhaka Bangladesh has reported the first Covid-19 death in a huge refugee settlement located in the country’s south-eastern district of Cox’s Bazar, officials said on Tuesday. The 71-year old Rohingya man died early .. Japan imperial palace reopens after coronavirus restrictions Tokyo Japan has reopened the Imperial Palace to the public on Tuesday following a two-month closure due to the coronavirus crisis as the country is cautiously lifting restrictions. The Imperial Household Agency has .. Australia probes US police assault on its journalists AFP Sydney Australia is investigating a US police attack on two Australian television journalists outside the White House, the foreign minister said Tuesday, expressing “strong concerns” about the assault caught .. Taliban rejects UN report alleging continued ties to Al Qaeda Kabul The Taliban militant group on Tuesday strongly rejected a UN report that alleged relations between the group and the Al Qaeda terrorist organization, calling them “baseless” and “bigoted.” “The Islamic Emirate ..