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
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Workers build a new 450-bed field hospital in Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan on Friday. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard) The country had 133 new Covid-19 fatalities and 18,027 new cases over the past 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported on Sunday morning. There were 17,653 cases in the general population and 374 among prison inmates. Since April 1, when the third wave of Covid-19 began, there have been 586,451 Covid-19 patients, 377,896 of whom have recovered. Since the pandemic started early last year, there have been 615,314 Covid-19 cases, 405,322 of whom recovered. The death toll was at 4,896 in the third wave and 4,990 from the beginning of the pandemic early last year. Sunday's report on the new transmissions was the second highest after 18,912 cases reported on Saturday. ... » Learn More about 133 Covid deaths, 18,027 new cases reported Sunday
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?
One more win for middleweight Eumir Marcial and flyweight Carlo Paalam and they will both be assured of bronze medals and a spot in the semifinals in the Tokyo Olympics. Two wins will guarantee them of at least silver medals. Three wins and they both will be immortalized in the annals of Philippine sports. But before that, their quarterfinal bouts beckon and these require their undivided attention. Marcial will be going into the round of 8 on Sunday, August 1, as the clear favorite versus Arman Darchinyan of Armenia. Darchinyan, like Marcial, drew a bye in the opening round of the Olympic competition. The 27-year-old Armenian won his round of 16 bout via unanimous decision over Andrej Csemez of Slovakia. Marcial, on the other hand, won via Referee Stopped Contest (RSC) in the first round over Younes Nemouchi of Algeria. In the last AIBA world rankings, Marcial was listed as the sixth-highest ranked middleweight in the world, while Darchinyan ... » Learn More about Boxers Marcial, Paalam look to bag sure Olympic medals
Thailand- Thailand reported 18,092 new domestic cases of Covid-19 with 810 confirmed cases at prisons as well as 10 imported cases, marking a total of 18,912 daily infections, with 178 additional deaths in the past 24 hours. This makes a total of 568,424 cases of Covid-19 since the start of this recent round of infections in early April in Thailand. Additionally, 364,494 people in total have now been released from medical care and fully recovered since this current wave began. 10,750 people were released yesterday. The chart below shows total cases and recoveries since the original outbreak last year, however. Among 18,092 local new domestic cases, excluding the cases in the prisons, the highest number of infections listed by provinces was discovered in Bangkok with, 3,668 , Samut Sakorn with 1,178, Chonburi 1,062 , Samut Prakan with 872, and Rayong with 670. The fatalities were 92 men and 86 women (174 Thais, 2 Chinese, 1 Cambodian, and 1 Myanmar national) aged ... » Learn More about RECAP: Thailand announces 18,912 new cases of Covid -19 and 178 additional deaths
IF central banks’ policies of zero interest rates and trillions of dollars of bond buying struggled to lift growth and inflation for over a decade, tighter monetary policy may be equally inefficient in reining them in. At least that’s what research by International Monetary Fund (IMF) economists suggests, arguing that the increasing dominance of fewer and larger companies potentially undermines the impact of central bank policies on overall economic activity and prices. Its findings underline concerns that the greater concentration of mega firms in economies, especially in the midst of the digital revolution, mean these outsized cash-rich businesses are also less sensitive to credit markets and bank lending – key conduits through which central bank policies affect overall activity. The implications are potentially huge. If growth rates are significantly higher in the years ahead and inflation keeps rising well above central bank targets for years, will central banks be forced ... » Learn More about Insight – Dominance of mega firms may undermine monetary policy