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    Singapore to accept Covid-19 digital travel pass from next month


    SINGAPORE: Singapore will next month accept visitors who use a mobile travel pass containing digital certificates for Covid-19 tests and vaccines, its aviation regulator said on Monday, becoming one of the first countries to adopt the initiative.

    Singapore will accept the International Air Transport Association (IATA) mobile travel pass for pre-departure checks, where travelers can get clearance to fly to and enter Singapore by showing a smartphone application containing their data from accredited laboratories.

    The pass was successfully tested by Singapore Airlines . More than 20 carriers, including Emirates, Qatar Airways and Malaysia Airlines, are also testing the pass.


    "The success of our joint efforts will make IATA's partnership with the government of Singapore a model for others to follow," IATA director general Willie Walsh said in a statement.


    Asian business hub Singapore, which has had relatively few coronavirus cases this year, has been a leader in developing and using technology during the pandemic and wants to be among the first countries to reopen to host international events.

    Airlines are hoping more countries will approve digital passes on apps to allow travel to resume faster and avoid complications and delays at airports where multiple checks on documents are required.

    Currently, travellers from most countries are required to take pre-departure Covid-19 swab tests within 72 hours of their flights in order to travel to Singapore, with results presented at airport check-in and on arrival.


    Singapore to accept Covid-19 digital travel pass from next month

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    Kiwis will be able to fly to and from Australia without a stay in a managed isolation hotel from Monday April 19.
    The date of the much-discussed trans-Tasman bubble was announced by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern after it was finalised at a Cabinet meeting.
    It will end the year-long period where travel between the two countries was more restricted than it had ever been in the modern era.
    Ardern said she made the change after Health Director General Ashley Bloomfield told her the risk from Australia was low.

    Trans-Tasman bubble: Quarantine-free travel between Australia and New Zealand will restart on April 19 | Stuff.co.nz

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    The coronavirus shot developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford will be Thailand’s “principal vaccine” as the country seeks to revive its crucial tourism sector, the Thai public health minister told CNBC on Monday.

    Renewed safety concerns around the AstraZeneca-Oxford shot led countries including Germany and the Netherlands to halt the use of the vaccine for people under 60.

    Before those latest moves, several countries — including Thailand — suspended the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine following reports of blood clots in some people who received the shot. But many lifted their suspensions after the World Health Organization said its review of available data showed the vaccine’s benefits outweighing any risks.

    In Thailand, more than 150,000 people have been inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine and the percentage of people who developed side effects “is considered very low,” said Anutin Charnvirakul, the country’s deputy prime minister and public health minister.

    Anutin told CNBC’s “Street Signs Asia” that Thailand is awaiting further deliveries of AstraZeneca’s vaccine, which are expected around June. In addition to the AstraZeneca vaccine, Thailand also uses one developed by China’s Sinovac Biotech, said the minister.

    Since end-February, nearly 250,000 people in Thailand have received Covid vaccines, said Anutin.

    Compared with many countries globally, Thailand has reported relatively few Covid cases and deaths. Official data showed that as of Sunday, the country has confirmed more than 29,000 infections and 95 deaths.

    But its tourism-dependent economy has been badly hit, shrinking 6.1% in 2020 compared with a year ago as countries restricted travel to slow the spread of Covid-19, according to data from the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council.

    Thailand is ramping up efforts to restart its tourism industry, including rolling out vaccines in “significant” numbers in popular tourist destinations such as Phuket and Koh Samui, said Anutin.

    “We want to make sure that our people are safe, that is our first priority. So once our people are safe, we believe that our guests, namely tourists or any business people, would definitely come to visit our country,” said the minister.


    To attract visitors, Thailand has
    shortened the quarantine period for foreigners arriving into the country starting this month. The country is also aiming to waive quarantine requirements for vaccinated foreign visitors to its biggest holiday island Phuket.


    https://www.cnbc.com/2021/04/05/astr...-minister.html

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    Cambodia PM orders home treatment for COVID-19 patients as hospitals strain

    PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen ordered health officials on Tuesday to prepare to treat coronavirus patients at home, as the country’s biggest COVID-19 outbreak so far tests the capacity of its fragile healthcare system.

    Cambodia had one of the world’s smallest coronavirus caseloads until six weeks ago, but an outbreak in late February has led to its first 22 COVID-19 deaths and a five-fold jump in cases to 2,824.


    A total of 1,794 patients are currently being treated in hospitals that are near capacity, Hun Sen said in an audio message shared widely on Tuesday and reported by local media.


    “We can’t accept all patients in case that cases increase further,” Hun Sen said.

    “We have fewer people recovered and many people being admitted for treatment and even if we set up a few more hospitals, it is not enough,” he said.


    “Keep those with mild cases of COVID-19 at home for treatment,” he added.


    The health ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the home treatment plan.


    The government has restricted travels between provinces and cities, banned large gatherings and imposed a nighttime curfew in the capital Phnom Penh for two weeks from April 1.


    Cambodia has passed a law that prescribe long jail terms for serious violations of health measures.


    It also requires people to scan Quick Response (QR) codes before entering establishments. The New York-based Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said such logging of personal information would help the government’s surveillance practices, which it said were intrusive.


    Cambodia PM orders home treatment for COVID-19 patients as hospitals strain | Reuters

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    Perhaps if he hadn't stolen so much money, Cambodia might have a healthcare system that can handle more than a couple of thousand inpatients out of a population of 16.5 million.

    C U N T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by misskit View Post
    Cambodia had one of the world’s smallest coronavirus caseloads until six weeks ago, but an outbreak in late February has led to its first 22 COVID-19 deaths and a five-fold jump in cases to 2,824.
    Thailand will be next, how they've escaped for so long can be put down to pure luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    Thailand will be next, how they've escaped for so long can be put down to pure luck.
    That's why we want to get back , while the getting is good. Wall at least better. I think once the hordes descent, I think we will se a spike and perhapse a reversal in the travel relaxation rules .

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    Sunlight renders coronavirus inactive 8 TIMES faster than predicted, says new study

    Researchers have found that the coronavirus is inactivated by sunlight as much as eight times faster in experiments than predicted by current theoretical modelling, providing a glimmer of hope in turning the tide on the pandemic.

    UC Santa Barbara assistant professor of mechanical engineering Paolo Luzzatto-Fegiz conducted an analysis of 2020 studies exploring the effects of different forms of UV radiation on the SARS-CoV-2 and found a significant discrepancy.

    As with all electromagnetic radiation, UV falls on a spectrum, with longer-wave UVA reacting differently with parts of DNA and RNA than other mid-range UVB waves contained in sunlight, which kill microbes and cause sunburn in humans.

    Short-wave UVC radiation has previously been shown to deactivate viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, which is responsible for Covid-19, but this section of the UV spectrum is deflected away by the Earth’s ozone layer.

    A July 2020 experimental study tested the power of UV light on SARS-CoV-2, contained in simulated saliva, and found the virus was inactivated in under 20 minutes.

    However, a theory published a month later suggested sunlight could achieve the same effect, which didn’t quite add up. This second study concluded that SARS-CoV-2 was three times more sensitive to UV radiation in sunlight than the influenza A virus.

    The vast majority of coronavirus particles were rendered inactive within 30 minutes of exposure to midday summer sunlight, whereas the virus could survive for days under winter sunlight.

    “The experimentally observed inactivation in simulated saliva is over eight times faster than would have been expected from the theory,” Luzzatto-Feigiz and his team said. “So, scientists don’t yet know what’s going on.”

    The team suspects that, as the UVC doesn’t reach the Earth, instead of directly attacking the RNA, the long-wave UVA in sunlight interacts with molecules in the virus’ environment, such as saliva, which speeds up the inactivation, in a process witnessed previously in wastewater treatment.

    The findings suggest UVA emitters could be added to equipment such as air filtration systems to provide a cheap and energy-efficient means of reducing the spread of viral particles. Masks and social distancing would more than likely still be required, but such UV-based interventions could be of some benefit as nations struggle with recurring waves of the pandemic despite vaccination efforts.

    Sunlight renders coronavirus inactive 8 TIMES faster than predicted, says new study — RT World News

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    The US was lucky in that it got rid of its retarded orange turd of a president.

    Brazil are still stuck with theirs, and they are paying the price.

    RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazil’s brutal surge in COVID-19 deaths will soon surpass the worst of a record January wave in the United States, scientists forecast, with fatalities climbing for the first time above 4,000 in a day on Tuesday as the outbreak overwhelms hospitals.

    Brazil’s overall death toll trails only the U.S. outbreak, with nearly 337,000 killed, according to Health Ministry data, compared with more than 555,000 dead in the United States.

    But with Brazil’s healthcare system at the breaking point, the country could exceed total U.S. deaths, despite having a population two-thirds that of the United States, two experts told Reuters.

    “It’s a nuclear reactor that has set off a chain reaction and is out of control. It’s a biological Fukushima,” said Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian doctor and professor at Duke University, who is closely tracking the virus.

    On Tuesday, the Health Ministry reported another 4,195 COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, well above the country’s prior single-day record. Brazil has set daily death records every week since late February, as a more contagious local variant and meager social distancing efforts fuel an uncontrolled outbreak.

    With mass vaccinations curtailing the U.S. outbreak, Brazil has become the epicenter of the pandemic, contributing about one in four deaths per day globally, according to a Reuters analysis.

    President Jair Bolsonaro has pushed back against mask-wearing and lockdowns that public health experts consider the best way to lessen virus transmission.

    The country dragged its feet last year as the world raced to secure vaccines, slowing the launch of a national immunization program.

    Despite the recent surge, Brazilian officials are insistent that the country can soon return to something resembling business as usual.

    “We think that probably two, three months from now Brazil could be back to business,” Economy Minister Paulo Guedes said during an online event on Tuesday. “Of course, probably economic activity will take a drop but it will be much, much less than the drop we suffered last year ... and much, much shorter.”

    Bolsonaro has responded to growing political pressure with a dramatic shakeup of a half dozen ministries, putting loyalists in key roles ahead of what may be a tough re-election campaign next year against his political nemesis.


    While the president has shifted his tone on immunizations, touting vaccines he had recently disdained, the far-right former army captain continues to battle in the courts against state and municipal restrictions on economic activity.

    With weak measures failing to combat contagion, Brazil’s COVID-19 cases and deaths are accumulating faster than ever.

    Nicolelis and Christovam Barcellos, a researcher at Brazilian medical institute Fiocruz, are separately forecasting that Brazil could surpass the United States in both overall deaths and the record for average deaths per day.

    As soon as next week, Brazil may break the record U.S. seven-day average for COVID-19 deaths, according to a model by the influential Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. The U.S. average for daily deaths peaked at 3,285 in January.


    The IHME forecast does not currently extend beyond July 1, when it projects Brazil could reach 563,000 deaths, compared with 609,000 total U.S. fatalities expected by then.
    '''A biological Fukushima''': Brazil COVID-19 deaths on track to pass worst of U.S. wave | Reuters

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    ^ i posted an article a few weeks back that the ICUs were swamped, God knows how bad it must be now.

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    He keeps digging his hole deeper though, the self-righteous idiot.

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    The fucking bald orange cunto's imbecilic decisions continue to hang over pandemic response.

    The contracts the Trump administration signed with the vaccine manufacturers prohibit the U.S. from sharing its surplus doses with the rest of the world. According to contract language Vanity Fair has obtained, the agreements with Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Janssen state: “The Government may not use, or authorize the use of, any products or materials provided under this Project Agreement, unless such use occurs in the United States” or U.S. territories.
    The clauses in question are designed to ensure that the manufacturers retain liability protection, but they have had the effect of projecting the Trump administration’s America First agenda into the Biden era. “That is what has completely and totally prohibited the U.S. from donating or reselling, because it would be in breach of contract,” said a senior administration official involved in the global planning effort. “It is a complete and total ban. Those legal parameters must change before we do anything to help the rest of the world.”
    Why the U.S. Still Can’t Donate COVID-19 Vaccines to Countries in Need | Vanity Fair

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    Thailand detects first domestic cases of UK coronavirus variant - expert


    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand has detected 24 cases of the coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 first detected in Britain, a virologist said on Wednesday, its first reported domestic transmission of the highly contagious variant.


    “This variant is very viral and can spread 1.7 times faster than the usual strain,” Yong Poovorawan, a senior virologist from Chulalongkorn University told a health ministry briefing.

    Thailand detects first domestic cases of UK coronavirus variant - expert | Reuters

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    MANILA: Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte cancelled a weekly televised address and meeting with his coronavirus task force on Wednesday, following dozens of Covid-19 cases among his staff and security detail, government officials said.
    The Philippines is battling one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in Asia, with hospitals in the capital overwhelmed amid record daily infections, while authorities face delays in delivery of Covid-19 vaccines.
    The country has seen new daily cases surge in recent weeks, surpassing 15,000 on April 2, most of those in the congested capital, Manila.
    "The physical safety of the president remains our utmost concern," presidential spokesman Harry Roque said in a statement.

    Philippine leader cancels address as coronavirus spreads among staff

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    Thailand will be next, how they've escaped for so long can be put down to pure luck.
    Agreed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe 90 View Post
    Thailand will be next, how they've escaped for so long can be put down to pure luck.
    Why not to think - like some claiming about others - they lie about the figures?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Klondyke View Post
    Why not to think - like some claiming about others - they lie about the figures?
    I does seem suspicious given the history and lack of transparency in the kingdom..

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    ^Actually, my remark was rather with tongue-in-cheek to ridicule stereotype remarks of some here to statements of others...

    In the view of the current situation of the Covid here that is quite stable over more than one year - quite a miracle when hearing, seeing how the other world is suffering - I would not question the local figures... (being also in contact with provincial hospital, speaking with doctors)

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    The US was lucky in that it got rid of its retarded orange turd of a president.

    Brazil are still stuck with theirs, and they are paying the price.
    Yep, a one man show will always head for a disaster.

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    How embarrassing for the cheese eating surrender monkeys. They are now producing vaccines on French soil. But it's Pfizer, not Sanofi.



    Covid-19 : la production du vaccin Pfizer en France a commence ce mercredi - Le Parisien

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    Quote Originally Posted by harrybarracuda View Post
    They are now producing vaccines on French soil.
    Delpharm will bottle it, not produce it.

    more to come:
    "In a few days, a competitor of Delpharm will start bottling Moderna vaccines in Indre-et-Loire.
    At the end of May, the company Fareva will take care of the CureVac vaccine - not yet approved in the EU - in the Eure and in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques.
    Finally, the giant Sanofi will lend a hand from this summer to its competitor Johnson & Johnson by bottling its vaccine, near Lyon."
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    Another stupid boy and his lackies trying to buy Sputnik behind everyone's back. No doubt a few cake tins were a good incentive.

    Slovakia's Prime Minister Igor Matović has formally resigned from his post to resolve the country's political crisis. The Slovakian government confirmed that it had submitted its resignation to President Zuzana Čaputová after a meeting on Tuesday. The country's former deputy prime minister and minister of finance, Eduard Heger, has been tasked with forming a new government to avoid an early election. The new appointment has received approval from Slovakia's coalition partners, the government added. "President Čaputová will accept the resignation of Prime Minister Igor Matović," a statement also read on Monday. It is the first European government to collapse due to a decision regarding the COVID-19 pandemic.

    On Sunday, Matovič announced that he would step down amid a political scandal triggered by a secret deal to buy Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine. The crisis erupted when a secret deal struck by Slovakia to acquire 2 million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine was revealed. At least six cabinet members had already resigned from their posts. Slovakia is an EU member, and the bloc has not yet authorised the Russian vaccine for use. The deal to purchase Sputnik V vaccines was conducted despite disagreement by Matovic's coalition allies, the Freedom and Solidarity party and For People party. Matovic had proposed swapping posts with the finance minister, but the government said on Tuesday that he had "backed down from his demands to his partners".
    Slovakia’s prime minister steps down amid Sputnik V vaccine scandal | Euronews

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    Hungary only uses vaccines that have been approved by experts as safe and effective, the state secretary for international communications said on Wednesday.

    Zoltán Kovács said on Facebook that while the third wave of the coronavirus epidemic was raging all over the world, the international press and some foreign politicians “constantly feel inclined to criticise” Hungary’s vaccine procurements.

    Clement Beaune, secretary of state for European affairs in the French government, has “joined the line”, saying in a recent interview that Hungary was playing a “double game” by also procuring Eastern vaccines, he added.

    Kovács said the Eastern vaccines had to be bought as a result of Brussels’ mistakes in procurements. Thanks to this “double game”, more than 2.5 million people have been vaccinated in Hungary, twice as many in proportion to the population of the country as in France, he added.

    State Secy Kovacs: Hungary Only Uses Safe, Effective Vaccines

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    For those frightened, stupid people panicking about Vaxzevria because they've read (and not carefully) about "blood clots being caused by the vaccine" (which are easily treatable):

    Professor Sir Munir Pirmohamed, the chair of the Committee of Human Medicines, has stressed how it is "important to remember COVID-19 itself causes clotting and it causes lower platelets".

    He also said despite more women getting blood clots after the jab, there is no evidence women are more likely to develop them.

    He outlined how a recent paper had found:

    • Pulmonary embolism, or clotting on the lungs, occurs in 7.8% of people who have COVID-19
    • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT), or clotting in the legs, occurs in
    11.2% of people who have COVID-19
    • Of those who have COVID-19 and end up in an intensive therapy unit (ITU), 23% will have some form of clot
    • COVID-19 causes strokes in
    1.6% of people
    • Up to 30% of people who have COVID-19 will get thrombocytopenia, which is a lowering of the platelet count.


    Sir Munir added: "
    That puts into context that the risk of clots and lower platelet is much higher with COVID-19 than these extremely rare events which are occurring with the vaccine."

    What is the risk of clotting from the contraceptive pill?
    In an article in the Lancet journal last year, Margaret McCartney - an NHS GP in Scotland - wrote of how the estimated incidence of a blood clot with the combined oral contraceptive pill is about five per 10,000 women per year. This works out at a risk of one in 2,000 or 0.05%.

    What is the risk of blood clotting from flights?
    According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the annual incidence of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) is estimated to be about one in 1,000 (or 0.1%).


    For Vaxzevria:


    Dr June Raine, the chief executive of the MHRA, said: "From these reports, the risk of this type of rare blood clot is about four people in a million who receive the vaccine."
    This works out at a risk of one in 250,000, or 0.0004%.
    Meanwhile, Dr Sabine Straus - the chair of the European Medicines Agency's safety committee - said that "frequency is difficult to assess" but added: "If you state the reporting rate is approximately one in 100,000 or even a little bit higher, that would reflect the risk".

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    I suspect that more have died as a result of the various "pauses" and flip flopping on age bandings but they'll never be a ble to put a number to it.

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