India extends ban on public events in election states as Covid-19 cases rise

A healthcare worker wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) collects a swab sample from a woman amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19), at Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border, in Noida, India, Nov 19, 2020.Reuters   India's election commission extended its ban on political rallies and roadshows in five states on Saturday (Jan 15) due to rising Covid-19...

WHO warns not to treat Covid-19 as endemic: Should Singapore be concerned?

Many countries around the world, including Singapore, are taking steps towards living with Covid-19. But as recently as Jan 11, the World Health Organisation (WHO) warned against treating the virus as endemic, especially since the Omicron situation has not yet stabilised. What explains this apparent difference in views? The main reason is that the world as a whole is...

KJ: No Quarantine For Fully Vaccinated Travellers Who Were Recently Infected With Covid-19

Health Minister, Khairy Jamaluddin had just announced that travellers who are fully vaccinated but has a history of being infected with Covid-19 within 11-60 days DO NOT need to undergo quarantine when they arrive in Malaysia. Source: Kosmo However, they will be required to do an RTK test in front of the health officers at the international arrival...

Australia Covid-19 infections hit record amid runaway Omicron outbreak

Australia on Thursday (Jan 13) reported its biggest pandemic caseload with a runaway Omicron outbreak driving up hospitalisation rates as the surge put severe strain on supply chains forcing authorities to ease quarantine rules for more workers. After successfully containing the virus earlier in the pandemic, Australia has reported nearly a million cases over the last...

Malaysia Ranks 13th Out of a Total of 120 Countries on Nikkei’s Covid-19 Recovery Index!

Malaysians should be more cautious of our surroundings and maintain our SOPs in an effort to curb the ever-evolving Covid-19 virus coupled with the omicron variant going around. However, it seem that our Covid-19 recovery rate is much better than we previously expected. Yesterday (9 January 2022),  Health Director-General Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah shared Malaysia’s ranking on Nikkei’s Covid-19 Recovery Index and Global...

China’s Tianjin tightens control over travel as Omicron spreads

People lining up for Covid-19 tests during a citywide mass testing in Tianjin on Jan 9, 2022.Reuters The Chinese city of Tianjin, with around 14 million people, has tightened exit controls and now requires residents to obtain approval from employers or community authorities before leaving town and a negative Covid-19 test within 48 hours of...

Israel finds fourth vaccine boosts antibodies 5-fold; violence at pandemic protests in Germany

A fourth dose of Covid-19 vaccine boosts antibodies five-fold a week after the shot is administered, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said on Tuesday (Jan 4), citing preliminary findings of an Israeli study. “A week into the fourth dose we know to a higher degree of certainty that the fourth dose is safe,” Bennett said...

Drugstore Covid-19 tests predict infectiousness; breakthrough risk serious in cancer patients

A health worker administers a Covid-19 test in a free public testing site at Farragut Square in Washington, US on Dec 23, 2021.Reuters The following is a summary of some recent studies on Covid-19. They include research that warrants further study to corroborate the findings and that has yet to be certified by peer review. Drugstore...

‘Such termination not considered wrongful dismissal’: 52,000 employees remain unvaccinated against Covid-19 in Singapore

As of Dec 19, 80 per cent of firms have attained full vaccine coverage for their workforce.The Straits Times/Kua Chee Siong Around 52,000 employees in Singapore have not taken any Covid-19 vaccine, the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) said on Monday (Dec 27). Around 6,700 are aged 60 and above, and are at a very high risk...

Are N95 masks necessary against Omicron? Which face mask offers the best protection against Covid-19, and slows the infection to others?

As the highly transmissible Omicron variant is set to become the dominant Covid-19 variant globally, some experts have called for the public to wear well fitted face respirators such as N95 masks amid concerns that the commonly used cloth and surgical masks might not offer enough protection. N95 masks are usually used by health care...