MUCH of the nation's focus for Covid-19 has been on the Klang Valley, including Negeri Sembilan – and rightly so. The outbreak there continues to rage and the multi-sectoral task force set up to deal with the region, the Greater Klang Valley Task Force (GKVTF), is working hard to make a difference. However, we may not be aware that other states outside the Klang Valley are gradually slipping into crisis. If you track intensive care unit (ICU) bed use by Covid-19 patients in Perak, Kedah and Pulau Pinang, you can see a steep rise in the past three to four weeks. Remember that this data does not show the full picture as for every one Covid-19 patient documented in an ICU bed, there are perhaps twice as many Category 4 and 5 patients in non-ICU beds, often in casualty departments. Much of the rapid change in situation is due to the Delta variant, which is most likely the predominant strain spreading nationwide. The Delta variant is highly infectious as it has a very high viral ... » Learn More about Prepare for a wave of Covid-19 Delta variant infections outside the Klang Valley
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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?
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve heard a lot about global solidarity. Unfortunately, words by themselves will not end the pandemic – or curb the impact of the climate crisis. Now is the moment to show what solidarity means in practice. As G20 Finance Ministers meet in Venice, they face three crucial solidarity tests: on vaccines, on extending an economic lifeline to the developing world, and on climate. First, vaccines. A global vaccination gap threatens us all. While COVID-19 circulates among unvaccinated people, it continues to mutate into variants that could be more transmissible, more deadly, or both. We are in a race between vaccines and variants; if the variants win, the pandemic could kill millions more people and delay a global recovery for years. But while 70% of people in some developed countries are vaccinated, that figure stands at less than 1% for low-income countries. Solidarity means delivering on access to vaccines for everyone – fast. ... » Learn More about [OPINION] The G20 faces 3 big tests
MUCH of the nation’s recent Covid-19 focus has been on the Klang Valley, including Negri Sembilan, and rightly so as the outbreak in these areas continues to rage. We, however, may not be aware that other states outside the Klang Valley are gradually slipping into a crisis. If you track ICU bed use by Covid-19 patients for Kedah, Penang and Perak as examples, you can see a steep rise in the past three to four weeks according to Health Ministry data. Most of the rapid change in the situation is due to the Delta variant of the virus, which is most likely the predominant strain spreading in the nation now. The Delta variant is highly infectious as it has a very high viral load and infects more persons faster. In addition, the fully vaccinated rates for many states outside the Klang Valley are lower due to limited vaccine supply. Data for July 25 shows that completed vaccination rates (two doses) for the states (percentage of the total population) were 11.5% for Kedah, 14.5% ... » Learn More about Be ready for Delta variant wave