Great Eastern to offer cover for gig economy workers

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Great Eastern, in partnership with telehealth provider Doctor Anywhere, has launched an insurance product targeted at self-employed, freelance, and gig economy workers in Singapore, in light of COVID-19.

The product, known as GREAT Comprehensive Care, combines hospitalisation income, personal accident coverage, and outpatient care cover in a single policy. Two plan tiers are available, allowing choice for the level of desired coverage, with premiums starting at approximately SG$22 a month. It can be purchased through Great Eastern’s website, with no medical check-up needed.

“As the landscape evolves, income and health protection become all the more important for the self-employed, gig

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Cases rise in Eastern Europe; Gottlieb warns of ‘low-level spread’ during the summer

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Health officials are warning that mass gatherings across the country could further spread the coronavirus, just as much of the economy is beginning to restart. Protests sparked by the police killing of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, continued for a seventh night with overnight clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators.

The World Health Organization, which has faced criticism for repeatedly praising China for a speedy response to the emergence of the coronavirus, complained in private meetings that China was not releasing enough information or doing so quickly enough about the virus, the Associated Press reported. 

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WHO says ‘delayed epidemic’ takes hold in eastern Europe as coronavirus cases in Russia rise

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A delayed coronavirus epidemic has taken hold in Eastern Europe as cases and deaths rise in Russia while outbreaks in Western Europe begin to subside, World Health Officials said on Friday. 

“There are differences right now between Western Europe, which has been through that first big wave, and Eastern Europe, particularly Russian Federation, that is now experiencing higher numbers of disease,” Dr. Mike Ryan, executive director of WHO’s emergencies program, said at a press briefing. 

Russia is now the world’s fifth-most infected country with more than 187,800 cases, surpassing Germany and France, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. Moscow 

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Cold Arctic air could bring record low temperatures to Eastern US in May

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Flowers bud on trees as people walk through the snow in an early spring storm on April 2, 2018 in New York City.

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A cold spell is set to hit the Eastern U.S. in the upcoming days, bringing along record-low temperatures and frost and snowfall to some Northeast states. 

Abnormally frigid temperatures for May will be brought down from the Arctic following a much warmer-than-normal January through March this year.

Temperatures will be especially extreme to the east of the Rockies and over the Great Lakes and Northeast, as temperatures over the weekend could drop

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