SINGAPORE - Mask-wearing rules should not be eased until the impact of such a move on the healthcare system is deemed to be minimal, said infectious diseases specialist David Lye. This assessment is likely to be dependent on the number of unvaccinated seniors over the age of 60, said Associate Professor Lye, who is the director of the Infectious Disease Research and Training Office at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). "If everyone can bring the remaining 80,000 unvaccinated seniors to get vaccinated, it will be really helpful," he said. While it is understandable that many are tired of Covid-19, Prof Lye said it is too early to consider relaxing restrictions now, given the ongoing rise in daily new cases. "With rising cases that need oxygen or intensive care, and deaths, this is not the time to relax safe management measures. Eventually, when we are certain that the impact on our healthcare system is minimal from Covid-19, our government may relax mask-wearing ... » Learn More about ‘Too early to consider’: Infectious disease expert responds to WP MP Jamus Lim’s suggestion on easing outdoor mask rules
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Since the arrival of Covid-19 vaccines , a crucial but largely unspoken question has loomed large for countries looking towards returning to pre-pandemic life: How much sickness and death will occur even after nearly everybody has been jabbed? Possible answers to that question are coming into view as a growing number of territories get close to their maximum vaccination rates. Although varying considerably, the emerging picture points to a post-vaccinated future in which societies may have to accept significantly more Covid-19 deaths than those caused by the flu to move beyond restrictions such as lockdowns and border closures. While European countries with high vaccination rates have largely returned to normal life, living with Covid-19 could prove more difficult to accept for Asia-Pacific economies that avoided even flu-level death rates by sealing their borders. “My personal feeling is that, after brainwashing people in many places with this fight against the virus and ... » Learn More about From Singapore to Hong Kong, how many will die even after most are jabbed?
LOS ANGELES - The Rolling Stones get back on the road this weekend without drummer Charlie Watts, whom frontman Mick Jagger called the rock that held the band together. In interviews with Rolling Stone music magazine writer David Fricke, Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood talked for the first time about their memories of Watts, who died in London a month ago at age 80. They declined to speculate on whether this would be the band's last tour. The "No Filter" tour, whose US leg kicks off on Sunday (Sept 26) in St. Louis, Missouri, will be the first without Watts since 1963. "He held the band together for so long, musically, because he was the rock the rest of it was built around," Jagger said in the interview released on Thursday. "The thing he brought was this beautiful sense of swing and swerve that most bands wish they could have. We had some really nice conversations in the last couple of years about how all this happened with the band," Jagger added. "It's a huge loss ... » Learn More about Jagger calls Watts the rock that held the Rolling Stones together