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WHO's pandemic project faces cash crunch amid vaccine, oxygen shortages

BRUSSELS (Reuters) -The World Health Organization (WHO) is seeking $11.5 billion in urgent funding to fight the more infectious Delta variant of the coronavirus, a draft report seen by Reuters shows, amid worries wealthy nations are partly bypassing its COVID-19 programmes. Read full story

Posted Date: 4th Aug 21 3:00 am

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Travel to the UK during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

If you’re planning a trip to the UK, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Posted Date: 4th Aug 21 3:00 am

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The latest on the Covid-19 pandemic in the US

The Delta variant is wreaking havoc through much of the US, and an internal CDC document shows it spreads as easily as chickenpox. Follow here for the latest news.

Posted Date: 4th Aug 21 3:00 am

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Many companies aren’t mandating vaccines for their most exposed workers

Meat producer Tyson Foods’ announcement Tuesday that it will require all its workers to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by November 1 is hardly the norm when it comes to vaccine rules for frontline employees.

Posted Date: 4th Aug 21 3:00 am

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong to lift ban on residents, workers returning from extremely high-risk areas if they hold recognised jabs records

Hong Kong will allow in residents and workers coming from extremely high-risk areas provided they hold a recognised Covid-19 jabs record starting from next week, while unvaccinated students stranded in Britain can also come back home, the Post has learned.A source familiar with the matter said the arrangement for unvaccinated children stuck in Britain, one […]

Posted Date: 4th Aug 21 2:00 am

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Coronavirus Hong Kong: BioNTech vaccine recipients have antibody levels 10 times higher than those who opted for Sinovac, researchers find

A new Hong Kong study has found that recipients of the BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine have 10 times more antibodies than those who took Sinovac, with the latter generating levels of the virus-targeting proteins that were “similar or lower” than the naturally occurring ones seen in recovered patients.The findings by the University of Hong Kong, published […]

Posted Date: 4th Aug 21 2:00 am

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong experts back lifting entry ban for vaccinated helpers, but warning issued against diverting jabs away from vulnerable groups

Two leading epidemiologists have backed Hong Kong’s plan to lift the entry ban on vaccinated domestic helpers from Indonesia and the Philippines, but one suggested allowing them to take the Covid-19 jabs on arrival to avoid diverting resources away from vulnerable groups in their home countries.Benjamin Cowling and Gabriel Leung, professors at the University of […]

Posted Date: 4th Aug 21 2:00 am

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Walk-ins welcome: Hong Kong to begin offering Covid-19 jabs to the elderly without appointment

Hong Kong health authorities will as early as next week begin handing out 200 passes a day at the city’s Covid-19 vaccination centres allowing walk-ins by residents aged 70 and above to boost a flagging take-up rate among the elderly, the civil service minister has said.The move, revealed by Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, came as the […]

Posted Date: 4th Aug 21 2:00 am

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Coronavirus exposes cracks in Hongkongers’ retirement planning as health care costs and weak savings dominate worries, EIU survey finds

The Covid-19 pandemic has left most working adults in Hongkong fearing for their financial position and readiness for retirement, according to a survey by the Economist Intelligence Unit commissioned by HSBC Life Insurance.Some 98 per cent of Hongkongers expressed worries about ageing in the city, with medical and health care costs, insufficient savings and income […]

Posted Date: 4th Aug 21 2:00 am

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong ‘weighing tighter controls on travellers from United States’; city confirms 2 imported cases

Hong Kong is considering tightening coronavirus measures for travellers from the United States, as authorities prepare to unveil a broader overhaul of risk rankings for foreign countries, according to industry sources.One of the options being considered involved arrivals from the US again having to quarantine in designated hotels for 21 days – as opposed to […]

Posted Date: 4th Aug 21 2:00 am

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong confirms no new infections; medical condition of Saudi Arabian consulate worker’s daughter improving

Hong Kong has confirmed no new Covid-19 cases for the fifth time this month, while medical sources say a Saudi Arabian consulate employee’s 13-year-old daughter – in a critical condition after contracting the coronavirus – is showing signs of improvement.Monday’s zero caseload extends the city’s run without local infections to 49 days. The total number […]

Posted Date: 4th Aug 21 1:00 am

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Coronavirus Hong Kong: vaccine outreach targeting domestic helpers covers more than 260 Indonesians; 3 new imported cases confirmed

More than 260 Indonesians have been vaccinated through the Hong Kong government’s latest outreach programme targeting domestic helpers, while the city on Sunday confirmed three new imported Covid-19 cases.Civil service chief Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, who is in charge of the inoculation drive, and labour secretary Law Chi-kwong were seen distributing vaccine leaflets at Victoria Park […]

Posted Date: 4th Aug 21 1:00 am

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Phuket tourists urged to stay on

PHUKET: Authorities will help tourists under the Phuket sandbox scheme who have stayed in the province for 14 days but could not go elsewhere due to new Covid-19 restrictions.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 pm

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Scotland's Sturgeon says expects advice on vaccinating children this week

LONDON (Reuters) – Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said on Tuesday she expected updated advice from Britain’s COVID-19 vaccine experts soon and was hoping for more children to be offered shots before schools and universities restarted in September. Read full story

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 pm

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Coronavirus: more than a quarter of patients in Hong Kong this month were fully vaccinated, and with most imported, experts question plan to halve quarantine times

More than a quarter of Covid-19 patients in Hong Kong this month had been vaccinated, most of them imported cases according to a Post review, raising concerns over the government’s scheme of halving quarantine periods for most arrivals from around the world.But the Hospital Authority has refused to say how many of those ended up […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 pm

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Coronavirus: walk-in vaccination scheme for Hong Kong’s elderly to kick off on Thursday

Hongkongers aged 70 or older can get vaccinated against Covid-19 without booking from Thursday, a move designed to encourage more of the city’s elderly – a demographic that has lagged behind other groups – to take the jabs.The government on Tuesday revealed that a daily quota of about 4,600 walk-in slots would be available in […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 pm

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong developers dangle another free flat as vaccination incentive, with just one dose required this time

Another new Hong Kong flat worth HK$12 million (US$1.5 million) will be up for grabs if 5 million residents have been vaccinated against the coronavirus by the end of September, but this time only one jab will be required for eligibility in the lucky draw.Sino Group’s philanthropic arm – the Ng Teng Fong Charitable Foundation […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 pm

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Coronavirus: Philippines proposes using WHO-recognised jab certificate for domestic helpers to work in Hong Kong

The Philippines has proposed using a Covid-19 vaccination certificate recognised by the World Health Organization for the Hong Kong government to allow foreign domestic helpers to work in the city, according to an employment agencies group.Thomas Chan Tung-fung, chairman of the Hong Kong Union of Employment Agencies, said the Philippine consulate raised the proposal in […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 pm

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Coronavirus: business chambers back Hong Kong’s easing of entry rules as ‘first light at end of tunnel’

Influential business chambers have given the thumbs up to the government’s decision to gradually reopen Hong Kong’s borders to global travel but called for further easing in quarantine requirements for people vaccinated against Covid-19.The new requirements were a compromise between needed checks and necessary travel, although some of the details were complicated, said the Hong […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 pm

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13 people test positive for Covid-19 at 5 community surveillance testing sites: MOH

August 03, 2021 8:43 PM Three tested positive at the testing operation for residents of Block 510 West Coast Drive.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 pm

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Elderly and immunocompromised will be first in line for Covid-19 booster shots if needed

August 03, 2021 8:59 PM The efficacy of the vaccines could be waning a bit faster for the elderly than the rest of the population.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 pm

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White House celebrates US reaching 70% of US adults getting at least one Covid-19 vaccine shot

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Monday that 70% of US adults have received at least one Covid-19 vaccination shot, reaching President Joe Biden’s July Fourth goal about one month late.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 pm

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From offices to restaurants, companies are requiring proof of vaccination

After months of encouraging employees to get vaccinated against Covid-19, companies are beginning to take a harder line and roll out mandates — a dramatic escalation of Corporate America’s approach to halting the spread of the virus.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 pm

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CNN to air ‘WE LOVE NYC: The Homecoming Concert’ celebrating city’s comeback from Covid-19

A star-studded concert featuring a variety of artists spanning the musical and entertainment worlds will take place in New York’s Central Park next month, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Tuesday, promising the event will be a “historic, monumental moment for all New Yorkers and all Americans.”

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 pm

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Joe Biden is having the worst week of his presidency so far

Joe Biden’s presidential honeymoon has officially ended, with a series of problems — led by the ongoing surge of the Delta variant of the coronavirus — coalescing to make the last few days some of the worst ones he has spent as president.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 pm

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Man held for fake green chiretta capsules

Authorities warned consumers about fake green chiretta products after a man was arrested with capsules in Nakhon Pathom province amid high demand for herbs to fight Covid-19.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 pm

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NHSO to purchase another 27m tablets of anti-viral drug favipiravir

The National Health Security Office (NHSO) will purchase an additional 27 million tablets of the anti-viral drug favipiravir this year and next year for the treatment of Covid-19 patients

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 pm

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Army helicopter flies Covid patients home

An army transport helicopter began a service taking Covid-19 patients back to their home province for treatment on Tuesday, flying people with mild symptoms from Bangkok to Tak and Phitsanulok.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 pm

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Penang Hospital's Outpatient Dept being used as initial treatment ward for Covid-19 as cases rise

GEORGE TOWN: The Outpatient Department of Penang Hospital has to be converted into an observation and initial treatment ward for Covid-19 patients following a sudden increase in Covid-19 patients to the Emergency and Trauma Department and admission to the hospital wards. Read full story

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 pm

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Ireland's Catholic church, government clash over COVID-19 restrictions

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Five Roman Catholic bishops from Ireland’s 22 dioceses are set to defy COVID-19 restrictions after instructing local parishes to hold communion and confirmation services this month, drawing a sharp rebuke from the government, which have pleaded with them to wait until they consider further easing curbs later this month. Read full story

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 pm

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Hong Kong delays second phase of airport antibody testing scheme as concerns rise over coronavirus Delta variant

In a blow to travellers and airlines, Hong Kong has decided to delay by two weeks a plan to offer shorter quarantine periods to vaccinated arrivals who clear a coronavirus antibody test at the airport, the Post has learned.The tests will not be introduced at the end of this month as planned, sources said, as […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 pm

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s revamp of entry rules ‘will not speed up reopening of mainland China border’

Hong Kong’s overhaul of pandemic-control rules for overseas travellers and tighter vaccination requirements for certain groups will not speed up the resumption of quarantine-free travel across the border with mainland China, the Post has learned.“Those measures are not going to fundamentally change the picture,” a Guangdong official said on Tuesday. “It is understandable that Hong […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 pm

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Hong Kong is revamping its Covid-19 entry rules – here’s what you need to know

Hong Kong has streamlined its categorisation of places deemed Covid-19 risks, condensing a five-tier system into three risk levels – high, medium and low – and changed travel rules for overseas arrivals.Countries currently categorised as extremely or very high risk will be consolidated into a new top tier labelled as “high risk”, while those currently […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 pm

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Teen who suffered cardiac arrest after Covid-19 jab out of high dependency ward

August 03, 2021 5:29 PM The teen collapsed on July 3 shortly after a strenuous weightlifting session six days after his first jab.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 pm

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98 new locally transmitted Covid-19 cases in S’pore, including 31 unlinked

August 03, 2021 6:04 PM This is the first time since July 18 that Singapore has reported fewer than 100 locally transmitted cases.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 pm

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5 things to know for August 3: Covid-19, housing, voting rights, Belarus, immigration

Here’s what else you need to know to Get Up to Speed and On with Your Day.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 pm

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Here’s how schools should handle a Covid-19 outbreak, experts say

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 pm

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Delta variant has spiked Covid-19 deaths in Africa by 80% in one month, WHO says

Highly contagious Delta variant has spiked Covid-19 deaths in Africa by 80% in one month, WHO saysCoronavirus deaths in Africa rose rapidly over the past month, as fatalities surged by 80 percent within the last four weeks, the World Health Organization said.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 pm

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Coronavirus: third child of Hong Kong’s Saudi Arabian consulate staff member confirmed to have Covid-19

A third child of a Saudi Arabian consulate employee was Hong Kong’s sole new Covid-19 case on Wednesday, a week after two of her siblings were confirmed as infected.The latest family member to be confirmed as infected was the older sister of a 13-year-old girl and 11-year-old boy identified as carrying the virus last Wednesday.The […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 7:05 pm

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Coronavirus Hong Kong: first-ever ‘cruise to nowhere’ sets sail on Friday night amid hopes of ‘normality’

More than 1,000 Hongkongers set off on Friday night aboard the city’s first-ever “cruise to nowhere”, with a top official hailing the high-seas jaunt as a step towards “bringing back normality”.Some passengers were so keen to travel again that one claimed he went ahead with Covid-19 vaccination – a requirement for all on board – […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 7:05 pm

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Coronavirus: airport loophole could expose Hongkongers to risk of Covid-19 infection, expert warns

Aircrew who remain on a plane before flying back on the same flight are exempt from pre-departure Covid-19 testing, the Post has learned, and experts warned the loophole could expose local airport workers to the risk of infection.Health authorities, meanwhile, told the Post on Thursday there were discussions over tightening handling procedures on cargo flights, […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 6:05 pm

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Coronavirus: Delta variant may still make vaccinated Hongkongers highly infectious, but shots can reduce severity of illness, experts say

A young Hongkonger who returned from the United States caused a stir earlier this month when he not only tested positive for Covid-19, but was also found to be highly infectious.What made the case unusual was that the 27-year-old man was fully vaccinated in Hong Kong before his two-week trip to the US.But medical experts […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 6:05 pm

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong to overhaul anti-pandemic rules and streamline risk-level categories for countries

Key points:• Five-tier system will be condensed into three risk levels – high, medium and low• All travellers must provide a negative virus test 72 hours before departure• Fully vaccinated residents from high-risk countries can return to the city• Vaccinated non-residents from medium-risk countries can enter the city• Travellers from high-risk countries must quarantine for […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 6:05 pm

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Florida and Texas had one-third of all US Covid-19 cases in past week, official says

One-third of all US Covid-19 cases reported in the past week were in just two states — Florida and Texas — according to White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 6:05 pm

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LFC Foundation and Right To Play launch Bangkok COVID-19 Emergency Appeal

LIVERPOOL, UNITED KINGDOM – Media OutReach – 3 August 2021 – LFC Foundation and global children’s charity Right To Play are urgently seeking funding for their Side by Side communities in Thailand, as the country experiences a devastating fourth wave of Coronavirus.     The Reds official charity, LFC Foundation, and Right To Play work in  partnership to deliver the Side by Side programme, which uses the power of sport and play to help vulnerable children in Liverpool and Bangkok. […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 pm

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Fake news: bitterleaf cures Covid

Any claim that the leaves of bitterleaf trees can cure Covid-19 is fake news, according to the Royal Thai Police Office.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 pm

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Ayutthaya logs 434 new Covid infections, 6 deaths

AYUTTHAYA: A total of 434 new Covid-19 infections and six fatalities were reported to the provincial communicable disease committee on Tuesday, governor Panu Yaemsri said.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 pm

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Covid returns to China’s Wuhan as global Delta variant woes mount

BEIJING: Authorities in China’s Wuhan said Tuesday they would test the city’s entire population for Covid-19, as the virus returned to the place where it first emerged and the highly contagious Delta variant drove tightening lockdowns worldwide.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 pm

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Factory outbreaks may cut Aug-Dec exports by B300 bn – shippers

Key exports could decrease by as much as 300 billion baht in the remaining months of the year if the spread of Covid-19 infections continues at factories, the country’s exporters’ group said on Tuesday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 pm

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Masidi: About 22% of new Covid-19 cases in Sabah sporadic, from unknown origins

KOTA KINABALU: Sporadic and symptomatic Covid-19 cases are increasing in Sabah, contributing to the rise in numbers of late, says Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun. Read full story

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 pm

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Dayak group urges caution in Sarawak's entry into Phase Three of NRP

KUCHING: Sarawak should proceed with caution in entering Phase Three of the National Recovery Plan (NRP) to prevent any Covid-19 spike in the state, says the Dayak Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI). Read full story

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 pm

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Sarawak detects another 180 cases of Delta variant

KUCHING: Another 180 cases of the Covid-19 Delta variant have been detected in Sarawak, according to Universiti Malaysia Sarawak’s Institute of Health and Community Medicine (IHCM). Read full story

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 pm

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong students stranded in Britain decry ‘messed up’ travel plans after officials drop flight ban relaxation

The travel plans of Hong Kong students stuck in Britain and desperate to return home have been plunged into disarray by officials deciding against lifting Covid-19 entry bans in favour of focusing on reopening the border with mainland China.Some parents said their children felt abandoned by the Hong Kong government, with some stranded students complaining […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 pm

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong launch of walk-in vaccinations for over 70s attracts queues, as elderly brave hot weather in rush for jabs

Hong Kong’s launch of walk-in coronavirus vaccinations for residents aged 70 or above attracted queues early on Thursday despite the hot weather.More than 1,500 passes were distributed in the morning, according to civil service chief Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, who described the operation as going smoothly.Many of the dozens seen waiting in line at two vaccination […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 pm

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Novel technologies can enhance Singapore’s healthcare system: Masagos

August 03, 2021 10:30 AM Use of such tech is one way to sustain healthcare system as it deals with Covid-19 and ageing population, he said.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 pm

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Wuhan: Chinese city to test entire population after virus resurfaces

The city of 11 million people is known to be the site where the coronavirus first emerged in 2019.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 pm

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‘These are the darkest days of the pandemic,’ hospital administrator says as state struggles with rising Covid-19 cases

The ICU of Louisiana’s largest hospital is stretched to its limit with Covid-19 patients while others experiencing symptoms were waiting for a bed Monday, an official said.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 pm

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Facing the recent rise in Covid-19 cases is like being told you have to walk back into war, nurse says

Covid-19 is once again on the rise, hospitals are filling up with patients and a Tennessee ICU nurse told CNN the resurgence is decimating her already depleted energy level.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 pm

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Cambodia implements nationwide curfew, shuts down eight provinces bordering Thailand

The Cambodian government has announced a two-week curfew for all cities nationwide as it looks to quash the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant. The post Cambodia implements nationwide curfew, shuts down eight provinces bordering Thailand appeared first on The Cambodia Daily.

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WHO urges fast, collective actions as Cambodia races against COVID-19 variants

World Health Organization (WHO) representative to Cambodia Li Ailan has called for swift and collective actions as Cambodia is racing against COVID-19 variants. The post WHO urges fast, collective actions as Cambodia races against COVID-19 variants appeared first on The Cambodia Daily.

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong study shows significant percentage of recovered patients struggle with memory loss, depression

About one-third of recovered coronavirus patients in Hong Kong have reported memory loss, while a similar percentage experienced feelings of depression and anxiety that persisted for months after healing, a preliminary study has found.Some of the 128 recovered patients surveyed by a team from Chinese University said they had found themselves forgetting the names of […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 2:05 pm

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong wants to ease Covid-19 flight ban policy to allow residents, workers to return to the city, Philippines consul general says

Fully vaccinated Hong Kong residents and those with work visas arriving from all countries subject to Covid-19 flight bans will be allowed into the city under the initial stage of an official plan to ease travel restrictions, according to the Philippines’ top diplomat locally.Consul general Raly Tejada revealed on Monday that discussions were held last […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 2:05 pm

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong researchers get HK$100 million in grants to look into origins of Covid-19, effectiveness of additional vaccine doses

Hong Kong researchers will comb through a collection containing more than 6,000 animal samples in an effort to uncover the source of Covid-19 under a recently approved measure setting aside HK$100 million (US$12.9 million) in public funding for coronavirus-related studies.The grants will also go towards research into potential new treatments for Covid-19, the transmissibility of […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 2:05 pm

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong could hit 70 per cent vaccination by October, but that still won’t be enough for life to return to normal, says top adviser

Hong Kong could inoculate 70 per cent of its population with at least one shot of a Covid-19 vaccine by October under the current daily rate of 30,000 doses, but this alone would not be enough to return the city to normalcy or allow it to reopen its borders, a top government health adviser said.Speaking […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 2:05 pm

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August 2 Tokyo 2020 Olympics news and results

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are underway after the Games were delayed for almost a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Follow here for the latest news on the Summer Olympics.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 2:05 pm

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Bokeo Locks Down Golden Triangle SEZ

The Golden Triangle Special Economic Zone (SEZ) went into lockdown on Friday after four people who had spent time in the area tested positive for Covid-19. A notice was issued by the Deputy Governor of Bokeo Province ordering the lockdown after a 23-year-old restaurant worker traveled from the SEZ to her hometown in Thakhek, Khammouane Province […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 2:00 pm

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Covid Restrictions Extended as Laos Records 250 New Cases of Covid-19

Laos has extended Covid restriction measures until 18 August after confirming a further 250 cases of Covid-19 today. Dr. Sisavath Southanilaxay led the announcement by the National Taskforce for Covid-19 Prevention and Control today, accompanied by Government Spokesperson and Minister to the Prime Minister’s Office, Madame Thippakone Chanthavongsa. Some 1,951 tests for Covid-19 were conducted […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 2:00 pm

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Philippines to extend night curfew in Manila to limit potential COVID-19 surge

Intellasia East Asia News The Philippines will extend a night curfew in Manila amid a tightening of restrictions to combat a potential surge in cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, a government official said on Monday. Metropolitan Manila, already subject to a six hour curfew from 10:00 p.m. (1400 GMT), will bring forward […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 2:00 pm

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Chon Buri has 5 more Covid deaths, record 1,359 new cases

CHON BURI: This eastern province reported five more deaths and a record 1,359 coronavirus cases on Tuesday, with most infections found in three districts – Muang, Si Racha and Bang Lamung.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 2:00 pm

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China’s Wuhan to test ‘all residents’ as Covid returns

BEIJING: Authorities in Wuhan on Tuesday said they would test its entire population for Covid-19 after the central Chinese city where the coronavirus emerged reported its first local infections in more than a year.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 2:00 pm

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Voices of MPs being 'quarantined', says Ahmad Maslan

PETALING JAYA: The Parliamentary democracy in the country has been infected by Covid-19, with the voice of parliamentarians being quarantined, says Datuk Seri Ahmad Maslan. Read full story

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 2:00 pm

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Covid-19: As cases rise in Penang, health director asks for people's cooperation

GEORGE TOWN: In light of the rising cases of Covid-19 cases in the state, the state Health Department has asked the public to be prepared for any eventuality. Read full story

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 2:00 pm

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Covid-19: The mystery of rising infections in India’s Kerala

Covid-19 cases continue to rise in Kerala despite the waning of the second wave elsewhere in India.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 2:00 pm

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The latest on the Tokyo Olympics

The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics are underway after the Games were delayed for almost a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. Follow here for the latest news on the Summer Olympics.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 2:00 pm

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Cambodia imposes virus curbs along Thailand border over Delta fears

Cambodia imposed fresh coronavirus restrictions Thursday for eight provinces bordering Thailand, clamping down on the movement of millions of residents to curb the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. The post Cambodia imposes virus curbs along Thailand border over Delta fears appeared first on The Cambodia Daily.

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Cambodia to impose COVID-19 lockdowns in areas bordering Thailand

Cambodia is set to launch a lockdown in eight provinces bordering Thailand from midnight on Thursday, in a bid to prevent the spread of the Delta variant of the coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country. The post Cambodia to impose COVID-19 lockdowns in areas bordering Thailand appeared first on The Cambodia Daily.

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Cambodia logs 765 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths

Cambodia on Thursday reported 765 new COVID-19 infections including 328 imported cases, pushing the national total caseload to 75,917, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said in a statement. The post Cambodia logs 765 new COVID-19 cases, 11 more deaths appeared first on The Cambodia Daily.

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Cambodia begins Covid-19 vaccinations for teenagers

Cambodia began a roll out of Covid-19 vaccinations for teenagers in its capital Phnom Penh and three provinces Sunday, with Premier Hun Sen’s grandchildren among the first to get the jab. The post Cambodia begins Covid-19 vaccinations for teenagers appeared first on The Cambodia Daily.

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Cambodia to mix vaccines as booster shots to fight COVID-19

Cambodia will begin offering a booster shot against COVID-19, switching between the AstraZeneca and Chinese COVID-19 vaccines in an effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus in the Southeast Asian country. The post Cambodia to mix vaccines as booster shots to fight COVID-19 appeared first on The Cambodia Daily.

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Cambodia lowers growth forecast to 2.5 pct this year due to COVID-19: PM

Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen on Sunday lowered the kingdom’s economic growth forecast to 2.5 percent in 2021 from its earlier projection of 4.1 percent, due to the COVID-19. The post Cambodia lowers growth forecast to 2.5 pct this year due to COVID-19: PM appeared first on The Cambodia Daily.

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August 2021 ECQ guidelines: What to expect as Metro Manila goes into lockdown

Intellasia East Asia News With the looming threat of the more contagious Delta coronavirus variant, the government buckled under pressure from experts, business leaders and mayors to place Metro Manila under enhanced community quarantine from August 6 to 20. This third installment of ECQ over the capital region would already be familiar to residents as […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 am

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Philippines to place Manila area in lockdown to curb Delta variant

Intellasia East Asia News Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte yesterday approved the imposition of lockdown measures in the capital region, in a bid to contain the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant and to shield the country’s medical system. The Manila capital region, a sprawl of 16 cities home to more than 13mn people, will be […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 am

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Metro Manila back to ECQ from August 6 to 20

Intellasia East Asia News Metro Manila will again be locked down from August 6 to 20 to try and arrest the rise in COVID-19 cases, particularly the more contagious Delta variant, even if it means disrupting business activity and displacing workers in the country’s economic centre. President Duterte approved yesterday the government pandemic task force’s […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 am

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7.69pct of Filipinos fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Intellasia East Asia News Latest figures from the National Task Force Against COVID-19 show that 8.39 million of the Philippines’ total 109 million population have been fully vaccinated since the government started rolling out the life-saving jabs in March. This is equivalent to 7.69 percent of the population. Another 11.61 million Filipinos 10.64 percent of […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 am

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Philippines bans travellers from 10 countries, including Malaysia

Intellasia East Asia News THE Philippines has extended its travel ban for travellers from 10 countries, including Malaysia until August 15 to prevent the spread of the Delta Covid-19 variant. Reports in Manila Times said the other countries as announced by Malacanang are India, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Oman, United Arad Emirates, Indonesia and […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 am

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As COVID-19 cases rise, DOH maintains no community transmission yet of Delta

Intellasia East Asia News Despite an uptick in COVID-19 cases, the Department of Health maintained Saturday that the spread of the more contagious Delta variant has not yet reached the level of community transmission in the country. “We need enough evidence to pronounce that there is community transmission,” DOH spokesperson Maria Rosario Vergeire told state […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 am

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The Philippine president told unvaccinated people ‘for all I care, you can die anytime’ as he continues his brutal threats against vaccine deniers

Intellasia East Asia News * The president of the Philippines is continuing threats against those who deny coronavirus vaccines. * He said to people who don’t want the vaccine: “For all I care, you can die anytime.” * He added that police may restrict their movements, having previously threatened to jail them. The president of […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 am

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Philippines logs over 8,000 coronavirus infections for 2nd day in a row

Intellasia East Asia News Local health authorities on Saturday reported 8,147 more COVID-19 infections, bringing the national caseload to 1,588,965. The Department of Health said two laboratories failed to submit testing results on time. Active cases: 60,887 or 3.8 percent of the total Recoveries: 9,117, pushing total to 1,500,189 Deaths: 167, bringing total to 27,889 […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 am

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Philippines’ average daily COVID-19 cases up by 7pct

Intellasia East Asia News The average number of new coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases in the Philippines rose by 7 percent to 6,247 compared to last week, according to the OCTA Research group on Saturday. In its latest report, OCTA said the country also recorded an average positivity rate of 14 percent over the past […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 11:05 am

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Cambodia succeeds in training dogs to sniff out COVID-19: official

Three Cambodian dogs had been successfully trained to sniff out COVID-19, Director General of the Cambodian Mine Action Center (CMAC) Heng Ratana said on Monday. The post Cambodia succeeds in training dogs to sniff out COVID-19: official appeared first on The Cambodia Daily.

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Cambodia’s Delta variant cases climb to 223 after 109 new cases confirmed

Cambodia’s Ministry of Health (MoH) on Monday reported 109 new cases of the Delta COVID-19 variant, raising the kingdom’s total number of the Delta variant cases to 223. The post Cambodia’s Delta variant cases climb to 223 after 109 new cases confirmed appeared first on The Cambodia Daily.

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Cambodia Starts COVID Vaccinations For Teens

Cambodia began a roll out of COVID-19 vaccinations for teenagers in its capital Phnom Penh and three provinces Sunday, with Premier Hun Sen’s grandchildren among the first to get the jab. The post Cambodia Starts COVID Vaccinations For Teens appeared first on The Cambodia Daily.

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House to tackle bill on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination

Intellasia East Asia News Congressional deliberations on the proposed measure compelling Filipinos to have themselves vaccinated against COVID-19 will start soon as the country tries to contain the pandemic’s more contagious Delta variant. Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. of Cavite, chair of the House committee on natural resources, disclosed in an interview over radio station dzBB […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:05 am

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Philippines logs 8,735 new COVID-19 cases, death toll exceeds 28,000

Intellasia East Asia News The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported on Sunday 8,735 new coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,597,689. The death toll climbed to 28,016 after 127 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH added. For the third consecutive […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:05 am

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Philippines to extend night curfew in Manila amid COVID-19 surge

Intellasia East Asia News The Philippines will extend a night curfew in the capital, Manila, amid a tightening of curbs in the Southeast Asian country to combat a potential surge in cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19, a government official said on Monday. Metropolitan Manila, already subject to an six hour curfew from 10:00 […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:05 am

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DBM chief gets COVID-19, takes leave

Intellasia East Asia News Budget Secretary Wendel Avisado will take a two-week medical leave starting today after being hospitalised for COVID-19. In a statement on Saturday, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Avisado will be on medical leave from August 2 to 13. According to the DBM, Avisado was hospitalised for eight days […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:05 am

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DOH says govt. cannot handle Delta-driven surge: Resources are ‘finite’

Intellasia East Asia News The government does not have enough resources to combat a dramatic increase in new infections that may be triggered by the highly transmissible Delta variant of the coronavirus, a health official said Monday. “We are preparing ourselves, but our resources are finite. We are not capable of handling if the surge […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:05 am

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Flying during pandemic more expensive for airlines, passengers

Intellasia East Asia News Flying in the time of COVID-19 has made both airlines and passengers spend more, with travellers dealing with the cost of testing and airlines shelling out more money for ground handling cost and health protocols. AirAsia Philippines told The STAR in an e-mail interview that the average cost for a one-way […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:05 am

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Robredo: Donate to community pantries, help small businesses

Intellasia East Asia News Vice President Leni Robredo urged Filipinos yesterday to donate to community pantries and help small businesses as Metro Manila prepares to return to lockdown to prevent the spread of the more infectious Delta coronavirus variant. President Duterte approved the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF)’s recommendation […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:05 am

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Philippines tops 1.6 million COVID-19 cases with 8,167 new infections

Intellasia East Asia News The Department of Health on Monday logged 8,167 additional coronavirus cases, pushing the country’s total to 1,605,762. August 2 is the fourth straight day of authorities reporting more than 8,000 new infections. DOH said three laboratories did not turn in screening results. Active cases: 62,615 or 3.9 percent of the total […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:05 am

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Financial support for 16 provinces

Starting from Tuesday, people in 16 provinces affected by the government’s partial Covid-19 lockdown will receive the same rates of financial aid as 13 other provinces already assisted by the Social Security Fund, the government said on Monday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:05 am

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147 new Covid fatalities, 18,901 new cases

There were 147 new Covid-19 fatalities and 18,901 new cases over the past 24 hours, the Public Health Ministry reported on Tuesday morning.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:05 am

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Dead patient found alive at burial site rumour laid to rest by Communications Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama): The Kuala Lumpur Hospital (HKL) has denied claims that a Covid-19 patient who was declared dead was found alive at the burial site. Read full story

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:05 am

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Covid-19: Perak Health Dept ensures hospital management at optimum level

IPOH (Bernama): The Perak Health Department has outlined various strategies to manage Health Ministry (MOH) hospitals in the state since the Covid-19 pandemic hit last year to ensure services remain at optimum level. Read full story

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:05 am

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Japan government starts to "name and shame" quarantine rule-breakers

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan has carried out a threat to publicly shame people not complying with coronavirus border control measures, releasing the names of three people who broke quarantine rules after returning from overseas. Read full story

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:05 am

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Top RNC official in Florida spreads Covid-19 conspiracies, calling vaccines the ‘mark of the beast’

Amid recent surging coronavirus cases in Florida, a top Republican National Committee official in the state has spread anti-vaccine rhetoric and misinformation, comparing the Biden administration’s vaccine efforts to Nazi-era “brown shirts,” and twice calling the vaccines “the mark of the beast,” comparable to a “false god.”

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:05 am

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2-week ECQ to cost Philippine economy at least P210 billion

Intellasia East Asia News The Philippine economy is set to lose at least P105 billion for every week the country reverts to stricter lockdown measures amid the threat of the COVID-19 Delta variant in the country, according to Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua. Metro Manila is set to be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:00 am

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Coronavirus cases in the Philippines hit a two-month high with the Department of Health reporting on Friday 8,562 new coronavirus infections, pushing the national total to 1,580,824.

Intellasia East Asia News Active cases: 61,920 or 3.9 percent of the total Recoveries: 2,854, pushing total to 1,491,182 Fatalities: 145, bringing death toll to 27,722 Fresh lockdown looms in Metro Manila over Delta The government has finally heeded calls to impose a fresh lockdown over Metro Manila ahead of a massive surge caused by […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:00 am

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Philippines orders 13 million into lockdown over Delta fears

Intellasia East Asia News The Philippines will send more than 13 million people in the national capital region back into lockdown next week, the government said Friday, as it tries to head off a surge in cases of a hyper-contagious coronavirus strain. Experts have warned of an explosion in infections fuelled by the Delta variant […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:00 am

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Philippines to place Manila area in lockdown to curb Delta variant

Intellasia East Asia News Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday approved the imposition of lockdown measures in the capital region, in a bid to contain the spread of the Delta coronavirus variant and to shield the country’s medical system. The Manila capital region, a sprawl of 16 cities home to more than 13 million people, […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:00 am

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Philippines extends ban on travellers from 10 countries until August 15

Intellasia East Asia News The Philippines has extended restrictions on travellers coming from 10 countries until August 15 to control the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. announced Friday that President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the recommendation of the government’s pandemic task force to extend the ban […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:00 am

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Google commits additional $7.5 million in COVID-19 response

Intellasia East Asia News Google yesterday announced a total commitment of $7.5 million in new grant funding and other support to help alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on the Philippines and four other Asian countries. Google.org, the tech giant’s philanthropic arm, said it will provide a $1.5 million grant to the United Nations Children’s Emergency […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:00 am

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Philippines logs 5,735 new COVID-19 cases

Intellasia East Asia News The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported on Thursday 5,735 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,572,287. The death toll climbed to 27,577 after 176 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH added. The Philippines, which has around 110 […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:00 am

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1.5M more Sinovac doses added to Phl COVID-19 vaccine inventory

Intellasia East Asia News Another one million doses of the COVID-19 developed by Sinovac Biotech were delivered to the Philippines on Friday. The plane carrying the latest batch of government-procured jabs landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport past 7:30 a.m. A total of 19.5 million CoronaVac shots have been shipped to the country so […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:00 am

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China commits to donate more COVID-19 vaccines to Philippines

Intellasia East Asia News China has pledged more donations and a stable supply of COVID-19 vaccines to the Philippines amid the increasing demand for these. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian made the promise in a speech during the inauguration of the China-funded Estrella-Pantaleon Bridge on Thursday. “As the Philippines is facing an increasing […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:00 am

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Coronavirus: tests link Hong Kong airport worker’s infection to four previously imported cases from Russia

Genetic analysis of an airport porter’s Covid-19 infection, which ended Hong Kong’s 33-day streak of zero community cases, found that the virus was related to four previously imported cases from Russia, health officials said on Tuesday.They said the worker, 50, could have caught the virus from undiagnosed aircrew. The man, whose infection was confirmed on […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:00 am

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Coronavirus: 3 new imported cases in Hong Kong, including 2 people fully vaccinated against Covid-19

Hong Kong confirmed three imported Covid-19 cases carrying mutations on Wednesday, including two people who were fully vaccinated.The three infections involved a 53-year-old man arriving from Namibia, a 42-year-old woman from Cyprus and a 37-year-old man from Ghana.All were found to have the L452R mutation, which is linked to the more infectious Delta variant.The man […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 10:00 am

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Updated WHO Information Note: Ensuring continuity of TB services during the COVID-19 pandemic

  As the world comes together to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to ensure that essential health services and operations are continued to protect the lives of people with TB and other diseases or health conditions. Health services, including national programmes to combat TB, need to be actively engaged in ensuring an effective […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 am

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Call for Action: Managing the Infodemic

Please join us by signing the Call for Action—a global movement to promote access to health information and to mitigate harm from health misinformation among online and offline communities. Sign the Call for Action Since the beginning of the outbreak over a year ago, the COVID-19 pandemic has gravely affected our societies and economies. Likewise, […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 am

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Almost 2 billion people depend on health care facilities without basic water services – WHO, UNICEF

Lack of water puts health care workers and patients at higher risk of COVID-19 infection Around 1.8 billion people are at heightened risk of COVID-19 and other diseases because they use or work in health care facilities without basic water services, warn WHO and UNICEF.  “Working in a health care facility without water, sanitation and […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 am

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World’s largest youth organizations, representing 250 million members, and WHO launch global mobilization to respond to disruptive impacts of COVID-19 on young people

Funding for community programmes, engaging youth in solutions to address COVID-19, and convening Global Youth Summit are key features of this new mobilization A new ground-breaking global youth mobilization was launched today to invest in and scale up youth-led solutions and engagements in response to COVID-19. The initiative was launched by an alliance of the […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 am

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Joint Risk Assessment Operational Tool in the time of COVID-19

Despite the successful use of the JRA OT in country pilots, the COVID-19 pandemic has complicated the ability to provide facilitation support for in-country engagement. But ironically, the zoonotic nature of COVID-19 has made JRA OT more relevant and needed than ever. The JRA OT tripartite secretariat mobilized to identify opportunities for virtual facilitation and […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 am

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New PSA campaign from WHO and YouTube is a playbook for a safe holiday season

The World Health Organization and YouTube have partnered on an inviting and humorous public service announcement (PSA) to help battle COVID-19 fatigue as we head into the holiday season. After nine months of physical distancing, lockdowns and other preventative measures, the video reminds viewers to stay vigilant and continue to take precautions to prevent the spread of the virus […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 am

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COVAX Announces additional deals to access promising COVID-19 vaccine candidates; plans global rollout starting Q1 2021

COVAX now has agreements in place to access nearly two billion doses of several promising vaccine candidates, and laid the groundwork for further doses to be secured through contributions from donors These agreements mean that all COVAX’s 190 participating and eligible economies will be able to access doses to protect vulnerable groups in the first […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 am

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Behavioural considerations for acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines

The Behavioural Insights Unit of the WHO released a meeting report of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) on the special session on acceptance and uptake of COVID-19 vaccines, held on 15 October 2020. The meeting report outlines the factors that drive people’s behaviour in relation to vaccine acceptance and uptake: an enabling environment, social influences […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 am

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COVID-19: One year later – WHO Director-General’s new year message

In his end of year message for 2020, WHO Director-General says there is light at the end of the tunnel in the fight against COVID-19. But going into 2021, he urges countries and communities to work together, in solidarity, to overcome this and future health challenges.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 am

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WHO issues its first emergency use validation for a COVID-19 vaccine and emphasizes need for equitable global access

The World Health Organization (WHO) today listed the Comirnaty, COVID-19 mRNA vaccine for emergency use, making the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine the first to receive emergency validation from WHO since the outbreak began a year ago.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:05 am

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FAQs on travelling to Việt Nam during the coronavirus pandemic

As the novel coronavirus pandemic spreads and impacts the entire planet, many countries have issued entry and travel restrictions, including Việt Nam.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:00 am

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PM Phúc stresses need for international cooperation in fight against COVID-19

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Xuân Phúc sent a video message to a teleconference of health ministers from the Western Pacific region hosted by World Health Organisation on Wednesday, with a focus on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:00 am

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84 new community cases and seven more imported

Eighty-four community cases of COVID-19 were reported in the northern provinces of Quảng Ninh and Hải Dương on Thursday. Additionally, seven imported cases have been confirmed by the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:00 am

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Nurse who went into shock after vaccination taken off ventilator

Director of Đà Nẵng General Hospital, Dr Lê Đức Nhân, said it was the first severe shock after the second COVID-19 vaccination programme for medical workers between May 5-10 in the city.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:00 am

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong leader hopeful over talks on reopening mainland China border, but experts warn against moving too fast

Hong Kong’s leader on Monday said she was waiting for “positive instructions” from Beijing on the possibility of resuming quarantine-free, cross-border travel between the city and mainland China, but sources and experts cautioned that both sides were not ready yet.Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor revealed that she had submitted a report to Beijing on […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:00 am

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s vaccine scheme for frontline workers could expand to other civil servants, teachers, city leader says

The number of Hong Kong civil servants required to get coronavirus jabs or undergo regular testing is set to increase as the government looks to boost its lagging vaccination rates, with teachers potentially next in line.Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor on Thursday told lawmakers that the government was working towards extending mandatory vaccination to […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:00 am

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Coronavirus: opening Hong Kong to vaccinated people from Britain an ‘extremely dangerous’ idea; city records 1 new imported case

A plan to allow vaccinated residents and workers arriving from the highest-risk areas to enter Hong Kong could undermine efforts to control Covid-19, experts have warned, with one arguing the “extremely dangerous” move could jeopardise efforts to reopen the border with mainland China.Authorities also revealed on Friday that a 50-year-old airport porter, whose infection was […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:00 am

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Coronavirus: ‘Hong Kong delays plan to ease rules on vaccinated arrivals, fears move will jeopardise cross-border travel with mainland China’

The government has postponed its controversial plan to allow fully vaccinated people from places at high risk of Covid-19 into Hong Kong, fearing the move could jeopardise reopening the border with mainland China, the Post has learned.Sources said Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor told her top advisers on Tuesday the easing slated to take […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 8:00 am

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Singapore PM’s wife impressed with vaccination rate

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia’s imp­ressive Covid-19 vaccination rate has received the thumbs up from Ho Ching (pic), the wife of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong. Read full story

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 7:00 am

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KJ: Always be on guard

PUTRAJAYA: As global Covid-19 infections continue to rise with the Delta variant wreaking the most damage, Malaysia is shifting its focus to reducing the number of deaths and hospitalisations, and case figures will not be paramount anymore. Read full story

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 7:00 am

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Our children will suffer if adults can’t get school Covid precautions right

The CDC has created an environment in which Covid-19 prevention is recommended rather than required in schools. Let’s do what works to keep our kids in school. We owe them that, write Comilla Sasson and Robin Cogan

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 7:00 am

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CDC adds 16 destinations to ‘very high’ Covid-19 travel risk list

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention added 16 destinations to its “very high” Covid-19 risk level on Monday, including Greece, Ireland and the US Virgin Islands.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 7:00 am

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A Black man feared the vaccine because of the Tuskegee experiment. After Covid-19 devastated his family, he changed his mind

Timothy Moore grew up wary of medical treatments in his hometown of Tuskegee, Alabama — but after he and his family got sick with coronavirus, and his godbrother died, Moore says he wants to get the Covid-19 vaccine.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 7:00 am

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Bay Area counties reinstate mask mandate, joining other cities and states as Covid-19 cases surge

A mandate to wear face coverings in indoor public places is back for millions of residents — even those fully vaccinated — in the San Francisco Bay Area as the highly contagious Delta variant causes a spike in new Covid-19 cases.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 7:00 am

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Travel to the Caribbean during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

If you’re planning to travel to the islands of the Caribbean, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 7:00 am

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A depressing number on Republicans and the vaccine

The White House announced Monday that 70% of eligible Americans have received at least one shot of the Covid-19 vaccine.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 7:00 am

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Lindsey Graham tests positive for Covid-19 and has had ‘flu-like symptoms’ despite being vaccinated

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina announced Monday that he has tested positive for Covid-19 despite being vaccinated and has experienced “flu-like symptoms,” but said that he now has only “mild symptoms” and is very glad he had been vaccinated because “without vaccination I am certain I would not feel as well as I […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 7:00 am

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Coronavirus: healthy Hong Kong residents unlikely to need third vaccine jab, top adviser says

Most healthy Hong Kong residents can skip a third Covid-19 vaccine dose, but those with weaker immune systems may need one, according to the convenor of an advisory panel on the jabs.Professor Wallace Lau Chak-sing also maintained on Saturday that the two vaccines available in the city were both effective after a local university study […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 6:05 am

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s Covid-19 vaccination drive on course for 70 per cent milestone for first doses, says official in charge of the campaign

Seventy per cent of Hongkongers will have received their first shots of a Covid-19 vaccine by the end of September if the city can continue administering them at its current rate of 30,000 a day for the next two months, according to a top official.Patrick Nip Tak-kuen, the civil service chief who is also in […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 am

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‘Zero infections’ for Hong Kong a tough Covid-19 goal, but city keeps going with eye on easing mainland China border restrictions

Hong Kong has been aggressively pursuing the goal of zero Covid-19 infections as it seeks to ease travel restrictions with mainland China. The city closed all but three border checkpoints in February last year as part of pandemic measures.Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said on Monday that she had submitted a report to Beijing […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 am

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong revokes Saudi Arabia consulate worker’s quarantine exemption for breaking Covid-19 rules

Hong Kong has revoked quarantine exemptions for a Saudi Arabian consulate worker and his family, the Post has learned, after they broke self-isolating rules and two of the children caught Covid-19.“Anyone in that household who is not a confirmed case has been sent to a quarantine centre,” a government source said.“The consulate staff and children […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 5:05 am

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34-year-old Ukrainian sea crew member dies from Covid-19 complications in S’pore

August 03, 2021 12:09 AM There were also 10 new Covid-19 clusters reported on Monday, and they were all linked to previous cases.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 3:05 am

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Federal assistance team arrives at Louisiana hospital to help with an influx of Covid-19 patients

A 33-member federal Disaster Medical Assistance Team arrived Monday at a major Louisiana hospital to provide support for what the hospital called “the highest volume of Covid-19 patients the region has experienced thus far due to the Delta variant.”

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 3:05 am

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Traveling to Ghana during Covid-19: What you need to know before you go

If you’re planning a trip to Ghana, here’s what you’ll need to know and expect if you want to visit during the global coronavirus pandemic.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 3:05 am

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White House once again makes Covid-19 the focus of Biden’s schedule

The White House is making a concerted effort to return the focus of President Joe Biden’s schedule to Covid-19 this week as the year-and-a-half-long pandemic again consumes his agenda amid a new spike in cases.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 3:05 am

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Pandemic pessimism is back on the rise, new polling finds

Americans’ concerns about coronavirus are again on the rise after previously hitting their lowest point in the pandemic, according to two surveys released Monday.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 3:05 am

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Coronavirus: Hong Kong’s entry ban relaxation leaves helpers with unrecognised vaccine records on outside looking in

Hong Kong’s plan to lift entry bans for fully vaccinated residents and work visa holders from extremely high-risk areas will do little to help thousands of domestic helpers whose home countries’ inoculation records are unrecognised, employment agencies have said.The plan, to be announced and implemented next week, will also allow unvaccinated Hong Kong minors studying […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 3:00 am

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Man who got 4 Covid-19 jabs could face prosecution, Hong Kong authorities warn, slamming his ‘extremely selfish’ behaviour

Hong Kong authorities have warned they will consider prosecuting a man who received two Covid-19 jabs locally despite being fully vaccinated elsewhere, condemning his “extremely selfish and irresponsible” behaviour.The move followed media reports of the 30-year-old receiving the BioNTech vaccine despite having taken two Moderna shots in Singapore. The man, who works in Hong Kong, […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 3:00 am

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Coronavirus: BioNTech third dose ‘not needed’ but final decision on extra shots for both Hong Kong vaccines postponed

The scientific evidence points to recipients of the BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine not needing a third dose, according to the chairman of an expert committee, but decisions on whether to recommend additional shots of both jabs available in Hong Kong have been postponed.Professor Lau Yu-lung, chairman of the Hong Kong government’s committee on vaccine preventable diseases, […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 3:00 am

Source: SCMP

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Coronavirus Hong Kong: vaccination bookings soar, with many centres fully booked for next 2 weeks

Reservations for Covid-19 vaccinations in Hong Kong have soared, with more than half of inoculation centres offering BioNTech jabs fully booked for the next fortnight, as the city on Friday set a new daily record for administering the shots.Demand for the Chinese-made Sinovac jabs has grown weaker in recent weeks following studies showing it generates […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 3:00 am

Source: SCMP

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‘Forget herd immunity’: Hong Kong experts say better to prepare to live with Covid-19, but more must get their jabs

Reaching herd immunity against Covid-19 is no longer a realistic goal for Hong Kong, medical experts agree, arguing instead for the city to prepare to live with the virus.Their warning came despite a recent increase in the vaccination rate and Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor’s prediction that the city would attain its goal of […]

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 3:00 am

Source: SCMP

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10 new Covid-19 clusters in S’pore, including at Yishun Community Hospital and Westlite Mandai dorm

August 02, 2021 12:03 AM The hospital cluster has two new cases, bringing its total to four.

Posted Date: 3rd Aug 21 3:00 am

Source: STRAITSTIMES

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