YANGON, Nov 30 (Xinhua): Myanmar plans to vaccinate 50 per cent of the target group by the end of December this year, state media reported on Tuesday. Health Minister Thet Khaing Win said at a recent meeting with health workers that more than 17 million people which is 50 percent of the target group over the age of 18 are estimated to be inoculated against Covid-19 at least once by the end of this year, according to the report. Covid-19 outbreak surveillance is being strengthened to prevent the new Covid-19 variant from entering the borders, the minister said, adding that preparations for the next wave should be made on the experience gained as the third wave of Covid-19 is under control to an extent. According to latest figures by the ministry, over 11.6 million people have been fully vaccinated while over 4.8 million people have received the first jab of COVID-19 vaccines as of Nov. 27. As of Monday, Myanmar reported 521,931 Covid-19 infections with 19,097 deaths, the ... » Learn More about Myanmar to vaccinate 50 per cent of target group by year end
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SINGAPORE (The Straits Times/Asia News Network): The relaxation of social measures will be paused, and travellers entering Singapore will face stricter rules from 11.59pm on Thursday (Dec 2), as the country acts to buy time amid the spread of the new Omicron variant around the world. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Tuesday (Nov 30) that while no cases of Omicron - found in South Africa last week - have been detected locally, the pre-emptive measures are needed for Singapore to assess the implications of the new variant. They will also help to reduce the risk of importation of the virus. From 11.59pm on Thursday, air travellers arriving on the quarantine-free Vaccinated Travel Lane (VTL) scheme will have to undergo supervised, self-administered antigen rapid tests at a Quick Test Centre on days three and seven of their arrival. Currently, these travellers have to take a Covid-19 swab test only prior to their departure for Singapore and after arrival here. Second, all air ... » Learn More about Singapore tightens border measures, halts further easing of social measures over Omicron variant fears
DENPASAR (Bali), Nov 30 (The Straits Times/ANN): Ide Bagus Sidharta Putra had hoped that by now, his beachfront hotel, Griya Santrian, in Sanur, Bali, would have put the Covid-19 days of empty restaurants and meagre bookings behind it. It was not to be. Six weeks after Bali's airport was allowed to accept international flights, not a single plane from outside Indonesia has landed, owing to tough visa requirements for foreigners that include needing a guarantor and rules forcing international arrivals to quarantine for three days even if they are fully vaccinated. Now, even as other tourism hot spots like Phuket in Thailand show signs of recovery, Christmas in Bali is looking a lot like last year, and business owners like Sidharta are at their wits' end. "How much longer can we survive?" he said during an interview with The Straits Times in his empty hotel restaurant. Business leaders are frustrated because of the authorities' failure to follow through on plans to reopen the ... » Learn More about Indonesia: Bali tourism operators at their wits’ end as foreign visitors stay away
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