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Singapore to Pay Would-Be Parents for Babies as Virus Drags On

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Singapore is set to provide a one-off payment to support parents looking to have a baby in an effort to ease people’s financial burden amid job layoffs and wage cuts during the coronavirus pandemic.

“We have received feedback that Covid-19 has caused some aspiring parents to postpone their parenthood plans,” Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat said in parliament on Monday. “To help with expenses during this period, we will introduce a one-off additional support for newborns.”