SINGAPORE: Five COVID-19 cases in the Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) cluster have been found to have an Indian variant of the virus, said the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) director of medical services Kenneth Mak on Tuesday (May 4). Speaking at a press conference by the COVID-19 multi-ministry task force, Assoc Prof Mak said seven cases in three local clusters have the B16172 (Indian) variant of the virus. Besides the five cases at TTSH, one case with the B16172 variant is the Immigration and Checkpoints Authority (ICA) officer deployed at Changi Airport Terminal 1, and the other case is the cleaner deployed at a community […]
“While the danger posed by the virus has largely dissipated, voting remains as dangerous as ever,” the Governor said. This content was originally published here.
India recorded its deadliest day of the pandemic yet with 3,689 deaths in the last 24 hours. Sunday was the fourth straight day India has recorded more than 3,000 deaths as the second wave of the pandemic carries on unabated and keeps setting grim new records. Altogether 215,542 people have died from COVID-19. The number of cases surged to 19.5 million with 392,488 new infections, government data showed. India became the first country to cross 400,000 daily cases on Saturday. Healthcare systems are overwhelmed and a shortage of medical oxygen has emerged as the most serious challenge. Thirty-four patients died […]
A forum of scientific advisers set up by the government warned Indian officials in early March of a new and more contagious variant of the coronavirus taking hold in the country, five scientists who are part of the forum told Reuters. Despite the warning, four of the scientists said the federal government did not seek to impose major restrictions to stop the spread of the virus. Millions of largely unmasked people attended religious festivals and political rallies that were held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, leaders of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and opposition politicians. Tens of thousands of farmers, […]
Residents queue outside a specimen collection station in Tung Chung for compulsory testing. Photo: Winson Wong Residents queue outside a specimen collection station in Tung Chung for compulsory testing. Photo: Winson Wong This content was originally published here.
During a particularly polarising election campaign in the state of Uttar Pradesh in 2017, India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, waded into the fray to stir things up even further. From a public podium, he accused the state government – which was led by an opposition party – of pandering to the Muslim community by spending more on Muslim graveyards (kabristans) than on Hindu cremation grounds (shamshans). With his customary braying sneer, in which every taunt and barb rises to a high note mid-sentence before it falls away in a menacing echo, he stirred up the crowd. “If a kabristan is […]
HONOLULU — A child who travelled to Hawaii with his vaccinated parents has died after contracting COVID-19. The Hawaii Department of Health said Tuesday the boy is under 11 and had known underlying conditions. “While we mourn all victims of COVID-19, today’s announcement of the death of a child from this virus is especially heartbreaking,” Gov. David Ige said in a statement. “Dawn and I express our deepest condolences to the family and loved ones of this child.” It was the first coronavirus-related death of a child in that age range in Hawaii. There have been 479 reported deaths linked […]
Dr Mike Tildesley, from the University of Warwick and a member of the Scientific Pandemic Influenza Group on Modelling (Spi-M) group, suggested the decision on whether social distancing would need to be in place after June 21 could be a political one. Asked at what stage people will be able to be close to another person if both have been vaccinated, he told Times Radio: “I think this is really difficult because of course, in a sense, this becomes more of a sort of a political decision rather than an epidemiological decision because we have been told that on June […]
Just a few days before President Joe Biden marks his first 100 days in office, a trio of new polls from NBC, CBS, and the Washington Post and ABC show that Americans give Biden high marks for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, while his overall job approval rating remains positive. But Biden also faces criticism from respondents over his handling of an influx of migrants arriving at the US’s southern border, and Sunday’s NBC News poll underscores the apparent durability of Republican voter fraud lies. In all three polls, better than 60 percent of adults approved of Biden’s coronavirus […]
South Australia has recorded a significant one-day jump in coronavirus cases, with 14 new cases recorded in the last 24 hours, all of them in hotel quarantine. Key points: SA Health said the new active cases included two girls and two boys, a man and woman in their 20s, four women in their 30s and a man in his 40s. It said an additional three cases — a child, and a man and a woman in their 30s — were considered historical but were being added to the state’s case tally, which now stands at 719 since the pandemic began. All of the new cases […]