Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg Recently, the word "endemic" became a key buzzword in Singapore. At the end of May 2021, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he did not expect Covid-19 to disappear , but rather to become endemic, and "remain with humankind". Health minister Ong Ye Kung later echoed this view , stating that Covid-19 will likely become endemic, just like influenza. Multi-Ministry Taskforce co-chair Gan Kim Yong also said that Singapore will be able to lift "practically all social and workplace restrictions" when Covid-19 becomes endemic in Singapore. Basically, if you get a dollar for every time the word "endemic" has been in the news, you would get rich sooner rather than later. But what does it actually mean for Covid-19 to be endemic in Singapore? Pandemic vs endemic On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) officially declared Covid-19 a pandemic , after the virus spread to over ... » Learn More about Mothership Explains: What does it mean for Covid-19 to be endemic in S’pore?
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LONDON: British health authorities have urged more pregnant women to get coronavirus jabs after a national study found the Delta variant appeared to increase their risk of severe symptoms. Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, chief midwifery officer for England, wrote to GPs and midwives on Friday (Jul 30) urging them to encourage expectant mothers to get a jab as new data showed an increase in severe illness among those hospitalised with virus symptoms. She said she was calling on pregnant women to "protect themselves and their babies". The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the Royal College of Midwives have also recommended vaccination of pregnant women. Public Health England has said it recommends pregnant women get Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines because they have been given to more than 130,000 pregnant women in the United States. READ: COVID-19 vaccination in women: Your top 17 questions answered A paper based on national data compiled by the ... » Learn More about UK urges pregnant women to get vaccinated given COVID-19 variant risks
Follow us on Telegram for the latest updates: https://t.me/mothershipsg The number of unvaccinated seniors in Singapore have decreased from 200,000 to slightly below 180,000, according to Minister of Health Ong Ye Kung. Speaking at the mobile vaccination team at Whampoa Precinct Hall on July 31, Ong added that a lot more work still needs to be done despite the increase in the number of elderly who have been vaccinated. "Our top priority now is to get as many of our seniors above 60 vaccinated as soon as possible. As we open up our economy, our social activities, we think that they are the most vulnerable," said Ong. Mobile vaccination efforts have been ongoing for three weeks now, and has been "quite effective", he said. Ong added that this is one major prong of the Ministry of Health's (MOH) efforts to vaccinate seniors. "We are making progress", he said. "This has also worked because of the grassroots efforts, volunteers visiting them in their households and ... » Learn More about Ong Ye Kung: Mobile vaccination for seniors ‘quite effective’
Imagine this scene from the near future. Travel corridors have been established between Singapore and select countries. Your partner went for a getaway trip and served a week of home quarantine after returning. You joke that she missed out on a free stay at a five-star hotel, but who cares, you're both looking forward to attending a concert tonight. A real one, with instruments and crowds and overpriced beverages in plastic cups, and the band interacting with the fans. You rock up to the venue a little early, and take a Pre-Event Test (PET), easily done by huffing into a breathalyser . Your partner has a clean bill of health. Unfortunately, you test positive for Covid-19. You're not sure how it happened. Did it happen while you were queuing up for lunch at McDonald's? Or even at the office, the one time you took off your mask for a coffee break? You don't recall having any symptoms, having been fully vaccinated. Anyway, you're not getting into the concert tonight. ... » Learn More about Like it or not, Covid-19 will remain in the days to come. We’ll just have to live with it.
SINGAPORE: By now, most of us have probably obsessed over COVID-19 numbers for more than a year. We’re all stalkers of coronavirus statistics one way or another, thinking to ourselves that if we can just track and trace where each case came from, where there might be another cluster, we can keep ourselves safe. This geeky, pseudo-technocratic approach to problem-solving is pretty Singaporean. Perhaps we can’t help ourselves when a deluge of information seems to hold some vague promise of doing better at beating back this pandemic if we only applied some analysis and investigative skills. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t help. Spoiler alert two: But it doesn’t matter because not knowing creates unease. READ: Commentary: Malaysia’s coffers run dry as COVID-19 pandemic worsens CLUSTERS WITH NO INFO I was thinking about this when taking a more detailed look at the latest list of active COVID-19 clusters released by the Ministry of Health (MOH) this week. It had me wondering ... » Learn More about Commentary: Lack of info on COVID-19 cases can cause unnecessary anxiety
Chonburi- The Chonburi Governor, Phakthorn Thienchai, along with the Chonburi Provincial Communicable Disease Committee, held a meeting this weekend to review current Covid-19 related measures in the province. This comes as Chonburi hit a record new high of 1,062 cases of Covid-19 today, July 31st, 2021. You can see a video version of this article here: According to the Governor, the province will stay under maximum control (Dark red) restrictions that are also mandated by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, in Bangkok. TPN notes that the majority of the measures would have to be lifted by the CCSA before the Governor would be allowed to release his own orders allowing businesses to reopen or people to go to places like parks or pools. These restrictions have been in place for two weeks (although other major restrictions, like the closure of Pattaya’s popular entertainment and nightlife sector, have been in place for almost four months) and so far ... » Learn More about Chonburi Governor says province will remain under maximum control measures, focusing on control of factories
SINGAPORE - There were eight new Covid-19 clusters on Saturday (July 31), including one at Institution S2 Selarang Park Complex. It is a Work Release Centre, managed by the Singapore Prison Service, housing supervisees who are serving the tail end of their sentences on community-based programmes. These supervisees go to work in the day, and return to Institution S2 after work. This cluster has five new cases, bringing its total to six. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said in its daily update there are now 71 active clusters, ranging between three and 1,027 infections. There were 117 new locally transmitted coronavirus cases, including 26 from the cluster linked to Jurong Fishery Port. [[nid:538811]] This brings the total number of cases in the cluster to 1,027. There was also one new case linked to the KTV cluster, taking its total to 251 cases. There were another three imported cases who had been placed on stay-home notice (SHN) or isolated on arrival in Singapore. ... » Learn More about 8 new Covid-19 clusters; one at Selarang Park Complex managed by Singapore Prison Service
SINGAPORE: When dining finally reopens – currently planned for Aug 18 when the current Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) curbs are set to end – F&B owners said their biggest worry is managing crowds when they have to check who is vaccinated or not. “We are sandwiched”, said Ya Kun Kaya Toast’s director of branding and market development Jesher Loi. “If the Government enforces, we will have to abide by that. So, we will make adjustments. We will have to check your app … and also there will be ambassadors around who will either insist or assist.” Speaking on CNA’s Heart of the Matter on Thursday (Jul 29), Mr Loi said he foresees huge challenges if his lean staff have to respond dynamically from behind the counter. In his experience, customers tend to look for a table first while one person in the dining group queues for their order. But F&B operators must ensure all of them have their temperatures checked and cannot make exceptions. READ: ‘Too many established names ... » Learn More about F&B veterans brace themselves for new rules when dining-in reopens