SINGAPORE: The nine months of a pregnancy are often a period of great joy, anticipation and a fair share of trepidation. On top of all the worries and anxieties about becoming new parents, welcoming another life into the family, we also worry about the health of the mother and foetus. The pandemic has only heightened these worries, especially given that pregnant women are at higher risk of severe COVID-19 than non-pregnant women, and COVID-19 has been associated with an increased risk of pre-term birth, according to the World Health Organization. Getting vaccinated, therefore, is a priority for many. But while vaccination remains the best defence against COVID-19, the immediate benefit of vaccination depends on the local COVID-19 situation. READ: Commentary: Concerns over long-term side effects could hold back Singapore’s COVID-19 vaccination programme In regions experiencing high rates of infection, vaccination may seem a favourable choice as your risk of contracting ... » Learn More about Commentary: Without a vaccine, how can pregnant mothers protect themselves against COVID-19?
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Health Minister Ong Ye Kung issued a clear message to Singaporeans listening to his Ministerial Statement in Parliament on July 26 -- Singapore should shift its "collective psychology" on Covid-19 and get ready to treat it as an endemic disease. This includes scrapping or modifying existing Covid-19 protocols for infected cases. However, this would not be possible without high vaccination rates, which have helped to keep hospitalisations and deaths low, despite the recent spike in cases linked to the KTV and Jurong Fishery Port clusters. KTV cluster origins Ong provided a background on how the now-infamous "KTV cluster" was discovered. The Ministry of Health (MOH) discovered on July 12 several positive Covid-19 cases among individuals who frequented KTV bars. They included patrons and hostesses working in the bars, who were engaged in barred "high-risk" activities, although Ong did not specify what these were. MOH moved to isolate infected people and identify ... » Learn More about S’pore to remodel Covid-19 treatment closer to how flu patients treated: Ong Ye Kung
The war against COVID-19 has changed because of the highly contagious Delta variant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said, proposing a clearer message, mandatory vaccines for health workers and a return to universal masking. An internal CDC document said the variant, first detected in India and now dominant across the globe, is as contagious as chickenpox and far more contagious than the common cold or flu. It can be passed on even by vaccinated people, and may cause more serious disease than earlier coronavirus strains. The document, entitled "Improving communications around vaccine breakthrough and vaccine effectiveness", said the variant required a new approach to help the public understand the danger - including making clear that unvaccinated people were more than 10 times more likely than those who are vaccinated to become seriously ill or die. "Acknowledge the war has changed," it said. "Improve communications around individual risk among vaccinated." Recommended ... » Learn More about ‘The war has changed,’ CDC says, calling for new response to Delta variant
People wait in line for a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) test at a testing site which is temporarily set up at a public health center in Seoul, South Korea, July 9, 2021. (REUTERS/File Photo) The war against COVID-19 has changed because of the highly contagious Delta variant, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control said, proposing a clearer message, mandatory vaccines for health workers and a return to universal masking. An internal CDC document said the variant, first detected in India and now dominant across the globe, is as contagious as chickenpox and far more contagious than the common cold or flu. It can be passed on even by vaccinated people, and may cause more serious disease than earlier coronavirus strains. The document, entitled “Improving communications around vaccine breakthrough and vaccine effectiveness”, said the variant required a new approach to help the public understand the danger – including making clear that unvaccinated people were more than 10 times more ... » Learn More about ‘War has changed’, CDC says, calling for new response to Delta variant
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, July 19 (Xinhua): Brunei on Monday (July 19) suspended all entry from Indonesia due to their Covid-19 situation and rising imported cases from the country. According to Brunei's Prime Minister's Office (PMO), following the ongoing situation of Covid-19 in Indonesia, approvals on the entry for foreign nationals departing from or through Indonesia are temporarily suspended with immediate effect until further notice, which applies to entry travels of all foreign nationals departing from or through any airport in Indonesia (direct flight) or traveling from Indonesia to Brunei via transit at any other airport. The PMO also said that in addition, the temporary suspension also applies to foreign nationals who have been granted pre-approvals to enter Brunei from Indonesia. Indonesia on Monday recorded 34,257 newly-confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 1,338 deaths in the past 24 hours, the country's Health Ministry said. After recording eight imported cases from ... » Learn More about Brunei bars entry from Indonesia amid rising imported Covid-19 cases
SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong addressed the nation on Monday (May 31), giving an update on the COVID-19 situation in Singapore and outlining the country’s strategies to reach "a new normal". This is the Prime Minister's full address in English. My fellow Singaporeans: For the last three weeks, we have been on Heightened Alert. We had discovered new clusters of COVID-19 infections. One cluster at Tan Tock Seng Hospital, and then another at Changi Airport. More cases soon followed. We also started seeing unlinked cases, implying community spread. So we had to step back from Phase 3. We went on Heightened Alert to reduce social interaction and new infections. Everyone has responded to cooperate on the measures we had to take. Offices, malls and the streets are all visibly quieter. Because of your support, the number of daily cases has come down. Barring another super-spreader or big cluster, we should be on track to bring this outbreak under control. We will ... » Learn More about In full: PM Lee’s address on the COVID-19 situation in Singapore
The following is our exclusive weekly feature in which we ask our readers a news topical question and then give you a week to answer it on our various channels, compiling a diverse range of answers and opinions to present to you, our valued readers. Last week, we asked you the following: Reader Talkback: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions? Some context around the question: This week, we are going to choose the biggest topic on most people’s minds, Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone, or dark red, effective tomorrow, July 20th, 2021 until further notice. This announcement brings a number of tough new restrictions, measures, closures, and other rules. Officials claim the move will help prevent Covid-19 in the province as cases have steadily been rising for the most part regionally. The decision was, it is to be noted, made by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, with the central ... » Learn More about Reader Talkback Results: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions?
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has described the Delta variant of the coronavirus to be as contagious as chickenpox and could cause severe illness, the New York Times reported , citing an internal CDC document. The variant was also more likely to break through protections afforded by the vaccines, the report said, adding that the agency's reverse course on masking guidelines for fully vaccinated Americans on Tuesday, July 27, was based on this document. However, CDC's figures show that the vaccines are highly effective in preventing serious illness, hospitalization and death in vaccinated people, the report said, citing experts. New research showed the vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant carried tremendous amounts of the virus in the nose and throat, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky told the Times . The Delta variant is more transmissible than the viruses that cause MERS, SARS, Ebola, the common cold, the ... » Learn More about CDC internal report says Delta variant as contagious as chickenpox – NYT