SINGAPORE: It had been a tough year for Singapore. Then, as 2020 came to its close, it looked like the country could see a flicker of light at the end of the long COVID-19 tunnel with its transition on Dec 28 to Phase 3 of its reopening. And in the months that followed, the path to a post-pandemic normality looked to be fairly smooth, with community cases generally running to no more than a few a day. Plans for events which hadn't been possible for months started to gather pace. This was in spite of the pandemic continuing to rage worldwide, with a number of countries forced to introduce and then reintroduce measures to curb the spread of the raging virus. Singapore hadn't needed to. Then, very quickly, things changed. Clusters began to spring up, with one emerging at Tan Tock Seng Hospital - the first in a local hospital since the pandemic began. Community cases began to steadily increase. To tackle the spike, Singapore announced some tighter, targeted measures on May ... » Learn More about IN FOCUS: Tackling COVID-19 with targeted measures – the new normal for Singapore?
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NEW DELHI: India's retail inflation accelerated in May, at its fastest pace in six months as fuel and food prices rose at a higher pace, putting pressure on the central bank to tame prices amid a faltering economic recovery. The Reserve Bank of India earlier this month warned that high energy prices could stoke inflation while cutting the growth forecast to 9.5per cent from 10.5per cent for the current fiscal year beginning April. Annual retail inflation rose 6.30per cent year-on-year, up from 4.29per cent in April. Analysts had forecast retail inflation at 5.30per cent, according to a Reuters poll. Economists fear a rise in prices after the second wave of coronavirus hit the economy while killing tens of thousands of people since April. "We expect the CPI (consumer price inflation) prints to remain above 5per cent until September driving the annual average CPI to 5.2per cent for current fiscal year," said Garima Kapoor, economist institutional securities, Elara Capital, ... » Learn More about India’s May retail inflation picks up to 6.30per cent y/y, highest in six months
On June 5, Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minster Heng Swee Keat took the opportunity to sum up his aims with his Fortitude Budget, the fourth budget of the year, which he announced on May 26. He focused on the necessity of preserving jobs and maintaining a strong fiscal position as Singapore battles Covid-19, the "global crisis of our generation". Heng said, "There is now talk of a global 'Lockdown Generation', and fears that the youth of our time could have their skills, employability, and incomes permanently affected, even after the world recovers from the pandemic. We must work to prevent a 'Covid Generation' of workers and students in Singapore." Overall spending on four budgets has come up to S$193 billion Coming in at S$33 billion, the Fortitude Budget means that a total of S$92.9 billion will be committed by the government to its Covid-19 response across all four budgets. In addition, over S$72 billion, or nearly 80 per cent of the $92.9 billion sum, ... » Learn More about DPM Heng: ‘Central plank’ of 4 Budgets is preserving jobs & helping unemployed find work
SINGAPORE: It has been about eight months since Dr Wong Choo Wai ended his volunteer stint taking care of COVID-19 patients at Singapore Expo, but the 50-year-old sometimes wakes up in panic, thinking that he has overslept and is late for work. The senior family physician is still reeling from his experience of working almost 24/7 from April to September last year - pulling 12-hour volunteering shifts at the community care facility, while also still running his two clinics and seeing his regular patients. Getting only three hours of sleep each day, Dr Wong said that there were days where he almost dozed off at work due to the mental and physical exhaustion. He recalled one particular night in early May last year when he and other volunteers saw patients coming into the facility up until around 4am the next morning. Usually, new cases would stop coming in by midnight. “The next day, we were all so zonked out because each one of us saw at least a few hundred patients for that ... » Learn More about The Big Read: Frontline healthcare workers pushed to limits by non-stop, never-ending COVID-19 fight
Bangkok – Cameroonian suspect Ferdinand Ayuk Agbor, 34, along with Souhadou Traore, an Ivory Coast national, 35, and Thanwaros Worasarn, 24, of Thailand, were arrested for allegedly operating an online false company for selling medical gloves overseas. An inspector of the Consumer Protection Police Division ( CPPD ) received a complaint from a German national in the United Arab Emirates who claimed that he had lost over 57 million baht to a website, www.grandig.com, which allegedly produces Latex, Nitrile, and Vinyl gloves for selling globally. The complainant had transferred the amount of money to the account under the company name but no gloves were delivered and the, the company could not be reached and all their contact channels were disconnected. Furthermore, The CPPD investigation found that a man identified as Mepony Toure, also from the Ivory Coast, 28, who was a friend of Thanwaros and lived abroad, had arranged for her to operate the company in Thailand and ... » Learn More about Two African men and one Thai female national arrested over online rubber glove scam
STOCK PHOTO SAN ANTONIO, Zambales — At least 43 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in this province over the weekend, a local health official said on Monday, June 14. According to Dr. Noel Bueno, provincial health director, the new patients are aged 4-71 and most of them contracted the virus at home. Some adult patients were infected by their co-workers, he also said. But Bueno said 17 of the infected patients last month had already recovered from the disease, raising the total number of recoveries to 2,192. To date, the province has a total of 2,960 COVID-19 cases since the pandemic broke out last year. Of this, 706 remained active and 60 had died. INQ For more news about the novel coronavirus click here. What you need to know about Coronavirus. The Inquirer Foundation supports our healthcare frontliners and is still accepting cash donations to be deposited at Banco de Oro (BDO) current account #007960018860 or donate through PayMaya using this link . ... » Learn More about COVID-19 cases in Zambales up by 43
HANOI, June 14 (Vietnam News/ANN): France is to provide support to Vietnam in its efforts to secure much needed Covid-19 vaccines, French Prime Minister Jean Castex told his Vietnamese counterpart Pham Minh Chinh in a phone call on Monday. The two leaders said both countries value the France-Vietnam strategic partnership and reiterated their commitment to further develop relations. The French PM said Vietnam is among France's most important partners in the region and lauded the country for its success in the fight against the novel coronavirus so far. The two leaders agreed that Vietnam and France should continue their close coordination at multilateral forums, particularly the UN, ASEM and the Francophonie while promoting Asean-France ties, especially now that France has become a development partner of Asean since 2020. The two leaders discussed measures to further boost trade, especially exports of Vietnamese agricultural products to France and how to remove the European ... » Learn More about France to help Vietnam secure Covid-19 vaccines as cases still surging as local infections goes above 9, 000