SINGAPORE - About 77 per cent of seniors aged 60 and above have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (July 28). About 187,000 seniors have yet to receive their first dose, added MOH in its update. The multi-ministry task force on Covid-19 said last week (July 20) during a press conference that 200,000 seniors aged above 60 have not been vaccinated, and a bigger push will be made in the coming weeks to get them inoculated. Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said then that about 71 per cent of seniors above 70 have been vaccinated. The figure was above 85 per cent for those aged 60 to 69, he added. MOH on Wednesday also said 10 mobile vaccination teams have been deployed to the heartlands, reaching out to some 2,300 people since July 7. These teams go to locations near where many seniors live, such as at selected community clubs and centres that are not already being used as vaccination centres, or at the Residents' Committee ... » Learn More about 77% of seniors aged 60 and above fully vaccinated against Covid-19: MOH
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The Ministry of Health (MOH) has preliminarily confirmed 136 new cases of Covid-19 infection in Singapore as of 12pm on Wednesday (July 28). This brings the total number of Covid-19 cases reported in Singapore to 64,589. 130 new locally-transmitted cases There are 130 cases of locally-transmitted Covid-19 infection, 48 of whom remain unlinked, according to the night update. There are six imported cases, who have already been placed on Stay-Home Notice (SHN) or isolated upon arrival in Singapore. Amongst them, two were detected upon arrival in Singapore, while four developed the illness during SHN or isolation. Overall, the number of new cases in the community has increased from 765 cases in the week before to 915 cases in the past week. The number of unlinked cases in the community has also increased from 45 cases in the week before to 217 cases in the past week. 44 active clusters There are five new clusters today including Home’s Favourite Pte Ltd at ... » Learn More about 5 new Covid-19 clusters in S’pore, bakery business in Jurong to close til Aug. 12
Pattaya – Pattaya City has continued to sponsor and participate in food giveaways to hundreds of needy people at the Bali Hai Pier in South Pattaya during the Covid -19 crisis this week. Due to Covid-19 related restrictions, thousands of businesses are forced to close currently in Pattaya and Chonburi, including the cities lifeblood tourism, hospitality, and entertainment industry. Unfortunately, cases continue to rise overall and there is no sign of loosening restrictions or easing closure orders anytime soon. On top of this, according to many people who have been laid off or lost their jobs, there has been little to no financial aid from the central government. Major Jeerawat Sukhontasap, the head of Pattaya City Law Enforcement, told The Pattaya News, “This area at the Bali Hai Pier was previously used for people to do activities like skateboarding and before that tourism arrivals. However, during Covid-19, this area has not been used due to Covid -19 measurements and we have ... » Learn More about Pattaya City residents continue food giveaways to hundreds of needy people during Covid-19 crisis around Pattaya
WE all know that lockdowns are temporary measures to control the spread of Covid-19 within the community and lessen the healthcare burden. However, there are major concerns about how they can negatively affect people’s mental health. As a paediatrician, I receive numerous calls and visits by parents worried about their children’s health – especially those less than five years old. Most parents assume that the older age group would understand the pandemic better than the young ones and thus handle it better. I beg to differ. Here are some observed effects of lockdowns on children. > Developmental milestones – For school-going children, repeated school closures and strict movement control cause a significant reduction in having direct contact with their peers. Such measures also prevent children from participating in social activities like going to the playground or having playdates. This situation may make them feel lonely and anxious and some (especially young adults) ... » Learn More about How do lockdowns affect our children and what can we do to help them?
As of this writing, 185,291,530 cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed worldwide, with 4,010,834 deaths. When two of those deaths belong to your family, you want to be precise; just as you want to be circumspect about saying anything positive can come from all this pandemic madness. "The Earth is healing," was one of the early ones. "Our grandparents went to war and all we need to do is stay home and watch Netflix," was another. The unavoidable, self-congratulatory proselytizing came out too: "Learn a new skill," "Write that novel," "Develop that side hustle…" otherwise you’d have wasted the opportunity of all this “free” time. And the narcissists, never to be outdone, started counting their "true friends" based on who checked on them, while some folks needed the nudge of a few million deaths to value “family time” and/or “self care” and/or “simple living.” I sound salty and I won’t be the only one. The (mostly) well-meaning comforts turned tone-deaf and hollow quickly, ... » Learn More about [OPINION] Injustice is contagious
SARAWAK is a state to watch. The announcement by its Chief Minister to invest in an infectious disease centre is progressive. Scientists have predicted that the Covid-19 pandemic is not going to be the last. Those who study the emergence of infectious diseases are convinced that we need to be prepared. As humans encroach into the habitats of microbes, these microbes will spill over into the former’s communities. This can be through host animals or other means of transfer to humans. There are also those who experiment with microbes for various purposes, including use in agriculture. Mistakes are sometimes unavoidable in such experiments where, instead of producing beneficial microbes, they create harmful ones. The worry is over the accidental release of bad microbes, which can infect us and create a pandemic. Future wars will not be just about fighting nation states over water, oil or territorial claims. They will be about fighting disease-causing microbes and cybercrime. Health ... » Learn More about Sarawak on path of excellence in research
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?