20 November 2021 - 26 November 2021

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COVID-19 News

  • Singapore will restrict entry to travellers with recent travel history to seven African countries after reports that a potentially more contagious COVID-19 variant may be circulating there, the Ministry of Health said today.
  • South African scientists have detected a new COVID-19 variant in small numbers and are working to understand its potential implications, they said on Thursday.
  • The European Commission proposed on Thursday that EU residents will need to have booster shots if they want to travel to another country in the bloc next summer without the need for tests or quarantines.

Global News Highlights

  • Federal Reserve officials expressed greater concern at their meeting earlier this month about how long inflation would stay elevated and discussed whether they should prepare to raise interest rates in the first half of next year to cool off the economy.
  • Australian retailers recorded their best month of sales since November 2020, building momentum in the economy for the final quarter. Sales surged 4.9% in October from a month earlier, when they rose 1.3%, and more than doubled economists’ forecast of a 2.2% gain, Australian Bureau of Statistics data showed.
  • UK’s Board of Trade plans to boost digital trade to create opportunities for British businesses and help boost economic growth. It aims to help shape global trade rules and become a world leader in modern services and online goods.

Asia News Highlights

  • Consumer prices in Singapore rose faster than expected last month, sharpening attention on whether the central bank will further tighten policy at its April meeting. Higher services and food drove up core inflation in October, along with a smaller drop in the cost of retail and other goods.
  • Japanraised its view on consumption for the first time in 13 months as service spending picked up but downgraded that on exports and production due to persistent supply issues and a slowdown in China's economy.
  • South Korea's central bank raised interest rates for the second time since the pandemic began and revised up its inflation outlook on Thursday as concerns about rising household debt and consumer prices grew.

World 2.0

  • EU countries on Thursday agreed on a common position on new rules to curb the power of US tech giants and force them to do more to police their platforms for illegal content.
  • China has approved a three-year plan to revamp its state science and technology system amid intensifying rivalry with the US, zeroing in on technology as the key to the country’s future.
  • Taiwan is looking at cooperating with three Eastern European countries on semiconductors, a minister said on Thursday, a move likely to find favour in Brussels which has been courting Taiwanese semiconductor firms to manufacture in the bloc.

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