Morning Briefing: Top stories from The Straits Times on Jan 9

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Good morning! Here are our top stories to kick-start your Sunday, Jan 9, 2022.

Asia grapples with explosive Covid-19 surge due to Omicron variant

Japan, Australia, the Philippines and India are seeing a rising number of cases.

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Tourism sector hopeful of recovery despite new lows

There was an uptick in the final months of last year in passports issued, even though the year had the fewest number for passport renewals and applications in 15 years.

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Young couple lost $120k in fake text message scam targeting OCBC Bank customers

At least 469 people fell victim to phishing scams involving OCBC Bank in the last two weeks of December.

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Lunch with Sumiko: Aaron Tan, from Teck Whye Secondary to US$1 billion start-up

Aaron Tan bristles with a self-confidence that is a little unnerving up close in a lunch setting.

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