Singapore Records 934 Covid-19 Cases, Highest Since 2020


Singapore’s Ministry of Health (Kemenkes) recorded 934 cases of COVID-19 on Friday (17/9); the highest daily number of infections since last year. There have been a total of 75;783 cases since COVID-19 was first discovered in the country.

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The Ministry of Health in Singapore detailed that out of 934 cases; 838 cases occurred in the community and 96 others occurred in dormitories. In addition; the group with the most local cases infected was the elderly; with 241 cases.

Reporting from The Strait Times; the infected patients were hospitalized as many as 813 people to date. That number decreased from the previous day; which was 831 people who were treated.

A total of 90 people were declared to need oxygen supplementation and 14 people were in critical condition. The 14 people are currently still being treated in the intensive care unit (ICU). Of the total patients; as many as 82 people are elderly.

The Ministry of Health of Singapore noted that there were at least 12 large clusters that had been found by his party. One of the clusters was found at Sembcorp Marine Admiralty Yard with 26 cases.


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Citing Channel News Asia; the cluster was caused by workplace transmission with further spread to household contacts of cases; the MOH said. Then; there is the Orange Valley Nursing Home cluster in Simei with a total of 17 cases. Bintang Biru Dormitory with 71 cases and Avery Dormitory with 95 cases.

Then there is the Chinatown Complex cluster with 256 cases and the cluster at the bus intersection in Toa Payoh; Tampines and Punggol so far it has reached 437 cases.

Singapore’s Minister of Health; Ong Ye Kung predicts that the increase in COVID-19 cases in Singapore will be more than 1;000 cases per day. Because; he sees; the number of cases is increasing day by day.

“I think let’s prepare for the possibility of crossing the 1;000 mark soon. That’s not unexpected; it’s the typical behavior of a transmission wave that usually peaks between four and up to eight weeks; or 30; 40 sometimes 50 days;” Ong Ye Kung said Saturday ( 18/9).

The Singapore government has tightened entry for travelers to the country. Visitors are required to take a pre-departure polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test within 48 hours; an on-arrival test; and an out-of-home notification PCR test on Day 7.

It is known; the vaccination rate in Singapore is fairly fast. Until now; the Ministry of Health of Singapore noted that 82 percent of the population there had received the complete dose.


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Singapore Considers Non-mRNA Vaccine for Booster


Singapore’s Health Minister Janil Puthucheary said that currently his country is considering the possibility of using a non-mRNA vaccine as a booster injection.
The Singapore Ministry of Health’s Committee of Experts (MOH) stated that they are “actively studying heterologous strategies involving non-mRNA vaccines”.


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The agency also said that the ministry would continue to observe global and local data; especially regarding the risk of vaccine side effects; before recommending booster injections for Singaporeans.

MOH is studying the possibility that a different brand of vaccine would be more effective as a booster shot. Several studies have shown it can be done.

Several types of non-mRNA vaccines recommended by WHO are Oxford-AstraZeneca; Johnson & Johnson; and Sinopharm.

Not only studying non-mRNA vaccines; Singapore also made various agreements and plans to provide booster vaccines for its citizens.

“We have a strategy that is deliberately aimed at acquiring a portfolio of vaccines that use different technologies; to increase our chances of securing a vaccine that will continue to be safe and effective against COVID-19;” Puthucheary said.

“We are negotiating with suppliers to give us injections of non-mRNA boosters; and some are preparing their applications for PSARs (pandemic-specific access points).”


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PSAR is required in the Singapore Health Sciences Authority’s licensing process to grant temporary authorization for vaccines to be used in Singapore.

The Sinovac vaccine is one of them; given this authorization in June after obtaining emergency use permits by the World Health Organization (WHO).

The MOH is currently recommending that seniors 60 years of age and older receive a booster vaccine six to nine months after the second vaccine injection. Meanwhile; immunocompromised individuals should receive a booster vaccine two months after they receive their second dose.

Singapore has also signed an advance purchase agreement with American biotechnology company Novavax to secure its protein-based vaccine. The plan; this vaccine will arrive before the end of the year.

As of September 9; 2021; 81 percent of Singaporeans have received the full dose of the Covid-19 vaccine; while 85 percent have received at least one dose of the vaccine.


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Indonesia Corona Update August 15, 2021

The following is the latest information on data on the corona virus (Covid-19) in Indonesia; Sunday (15/8/2021).

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Based on data on the Instagram account @bnpb_indonesia at 17.18 WIB; The number of positive confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Indonesia increased by 20,813 patients.

The total confirmed positive cases of Covid-19 in Indonesia today are 3,854,354 patients.

Then; there are additional recovered patients as many as 30,361 people.
The total number of recovered patients today is 3,351,959 throughout Indonesia.

Then; The number of Covid-19 patients who died in the last 24 hours was 1,222 people.
A total of 117,588 people have been declared dead to date.


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Previously; President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) asked for the price of the Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test to be lowered.

Jokowi’s order is an effort to increase public testing.
“One way to increase testing is to lower the price of PCR tests;” he said in a press statement; Sunday (15/8/2021); quoted from the Presidential Secretariat YouTube.

He also admitted that he had asked the Minister of Health (Menkes); Budi Gunadi Sadikin; to implement the policy

Haiti struck by 7.2-magnitude earthquake

The 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit the west of the country on Saturday morning, toppling and damaging buildings including churches and hotels.

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The prime minister said there was “extensive damage” and declared a month-long state of emergency.

Haiti is still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake.

The epicentre of Saturday’s quake was about 12km (7.5 miles) from the town of Saint-Louis du Sud, the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

Prime Minister Ariel Henry said he had mobilised a team to work on the relief effort.

“The most important thing is to recover as many survivors as possible under the rubble,” he said. “We have learned that the local hospitals, in particular that of Les Cayes, are overwhelmed with wounded, fractured people.”

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Mr Henry later revealed he had flown in a plane over the city of Cayes.

US President Joe Biden has authorised an “immediate US response” to help Haiti and said USAID would work to support efforts to “assess the damage and assist efforts to recover those who were injured and those who must now rebuild”.

“In what is already a challenging time for the people of Haiti, I am saddened by the devastating earthquake,” he said.

The USGS earlier warned that the earthquake could result in thousands of fatalities and injuries. It also said several aftershocks had been felt in the region, including one measuring 5.8 magnitude.

Traveller tests COVID-19 positive in Tasmania, border shut to Victoria

Here is an update on the situation in Tasmania; courtesy of AAP.

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A NSW traveller has tested positive to Covid-19 while quarantining in Tasmania after touching down in the state without an entry pass.

The 31-year-old man; who arrived in Launceston in Tasmania’s north on Monday via Melbourne; has since returned to NSW.

He was tested on Tuesday when in quarantine and returned a positive result on Thursday morning.

The man left hotel quarantine in Launceston on Wednesday to return home to NSW; as is permitted under Tasmania’s emergency act.

“This is not a case of community transmission. This is a case that has been picked up in quarantine;” Tasmanian premier Peter Gutwein said.


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Gutwein also announced Tasmania would shut to Victoria for at least seven days in response to the mainland state’s lockdown.

The state’s Public Health Director Mark Veitch said the man; who developed symptoms on Thursday; was “probably becoming infectious” when he arrived in Tasmania.

He went straight into hotel quarantine via taxi and there is a minimal risk of exposure to the community as infection control procedures were in place; Dr Veitch said.

The case has forced the state government to cancel Sunday’s sold out AFL fixture between Hawthorn and Collingwood in Launceston.


Karnataka To Impose Partial Lockdown Amid Rise In Covid-19 Cases

Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar a couple of days back dismissed reports of imposing a complete lockdown in the state despite a slight increase in COVID-19 cases in Mangaluru; Chikmagalur; Udupi; Hassan and Kodagu districts. Also Read – Breaking News LIVE Updates: 14 Injured in Cyclinder Blast in Dharavi; Rushed to Sion Hospital.

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Giving details; K Sudhakar said that there is no question of imposing a state-wide lockdown as Karnataka is not in such a situation. The Health Minister; however; made it clear that the state government will take appropriate steps in districts where cases are rising. Also Read – Kerala Imposes Night Curfew From Monday As COVID Cases Continue to Surge | Full List of Guidelines Here

He said that the state government has already imposed a night curfew across the state and the restrictions like the curbs on large gatherings and other potential risks are already in place. He also added that the state will monitor the situation on a day-to-day basis and take appropriate decisions based on the opinions of experts and recommendations of the TAC.

Last month; Chief Minister Besavaraj Bommai had said that strict measures will be imposed if the state records an increasing number of COVID cases. Earlier; the chief minister had ordered the district administrations to strictly monitor the situation in their respective jurisdictions and to impose additional containment measures as they feel required.


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The state government had also asked the districts for strict surveillance measures to be implemented at the border posts as per the prevailing guidelines.

The development comes as Dakshina Kannada district bordering Kerala continued to top the daily COVID-19 cases in Karnataka; as the state reported 1;826 new cases and 33 deaths; taking the total number of infections to 29;22;875 and death toll to 36;881. The day also saw 1;618 discharges; taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 28;63;117.

With 422 new cases; Dakshina Kannada outnumbered the state capital Bengaluru Urban which reported 377 cases today. Out of 33 deaths reported today; 5 are from Bengaluru Urban and Dakshina Kannada; Belagavi; Hassan; Kolar and Mysuru (3); Chitradurga; Kodagu; Mandya and Uttara Kannada (2); followed by others.


Australia expands COVID-19 lockdown

Per Reuters – Australia expanded a COVID-19 lockdown to a rural town and the coastal region of Byron Bay on Monday; as fears grew that the virus has spread from Sydney to the northern tip of the country’s most populous state.

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Tamworth; a farming town 414 km (257 miles) northwest of Sydney; and Byron Bay; a tourist spot about 770 km north of Sydney; will both enter a seven-day lockdown; New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

Neither Tamworth nor Byron Bay has yet recorded a COVID-19 case; but Berejiklian said two infected people had contravened travel bans and travelled there.

“As a precaution; the health experts have recommended we lock down Tamworth for one week;” Berejiklian told reporters.

New South Wales reported 283 locally acquired cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours; up from 262 cases a day earlier.

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The state has struggled to contain a surge of the highly infectious Delta variant despite a lockdown of Sydney now in its seventh week.

Neighbouring Victoria state said it would ease restrictions after reporting 11 new COVID-19 cases; the same as the previous day.

The majority of the new cases in Victoria spent time in the community while infectious but state Premier Daniel Andrews said the lockdown of areas outside the state capital of Melbourne would be lifted on Monday.


Greater Melbourne declared a COVID-19 Hotspot for Commonwealth support

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The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer; Professor Paul Kelly; has today declared Greater Melbourne; including Greater Geelong; Moorabool and Golden Plains a COVID-19 Hotspot for the purposes of Commonwealth support; for an initial period of 7 days from 11:59pm on 5 August 2021 until 11:59pm on 12 August 2021.

The Australian Government Chief Medical Officer; Professor Paul Kelly; has declared Greater Melbourne; including Greater Geelong; Moorabool and Golden Plains a hotspot from 11:59pm on 5 August 2021 until 11:59pm on 12 August 2021.

Victoria has announced the occurrence of 12 cases in metropolitan Melbourne. There have been multiple exposure sites attended by cases during their infectious period. These are listed on the Victorian Government’s website.


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The outbreak is the result of the Delta variant of concern of SARS-CoV-2. The Delta variant of concern has been responsible for recent outbreaks in NSW. Delta variant has higher rates of transmission; resulting in the need for more stringent public health measures to control a community outbreak.

On 5 August 2021; the Victorian Government announced a 7-day lockdown from 8:00pm on 5 August 2021. The Commonwealth has offered the Victorian Government its support and assistance during this period.


Homeland Security warns of potential COVID-19 break

The Department of Homeland Security warned state and local authorities Friday about an increase in calls for violence online tied to election-related conspiracy theories; according to a law enforcement source. World Health Organization warns Coronavirus disease situation dashboard presents official daily counts of COVID-19 cases and deaths worldwide.



In an effort to prevent online threats from manifesting in violent acts; DHS issued a public safety notification to reach law enforcement throughout the United States.

“[D]HS is providing awareness of reports regarding an increasing but modest level of activity online calling for violence in response to unsubstantiated claims of fraud related to the 2020 election and the alleged ‘reinstatement’ of former President Trump;” the public safety notification said; according to the source.

The warning; which does not contain a specific threat; comes amid a resurgence of false claims about the 2020 election; pushed in part by Mike Lindell; MyPillow CEO and a close ally of former President Donald Trump; who has emerged as one of the most vocal proponents of these conspiracy theories.

“As public visibility of the narratives increases; we are concerned about more calls to violence. Reporting indicates that the timing of these activities may occur during August 2021; although we lack information on specific plots or planned actions;” the notification says; according to the source.


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A department spokesperson told CNN in a statement that “the Department of Homeland Security regularly shares information regarding the heightened threat environment with federal; state; local; tribal; and territorial officials to ensure the safety and security of all communities across the country.”

The spokesperson confirmed that the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis issued a Public Safety Situational Awareness Notification to federal; state and local officials.