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S’pore to watch employees at dorms with contact-trace tokens | Asia Information

2020-10-16 15:54:58


A employee makes use of hand sanitizer on the entrance to the Westlite Mandai employee dormitory in Singapore, on Aug 31, 2020.  (PHOTO / Newpaper24)

SYDNEY / NEW DELHI / JAKARTA / JERUSALEM / BAGHDAD / VIENTIANE / BEIRUT / WELLINGTON / RAMALLAH / SINGAPORE / MANILA / DUBAI / ANKARA – Singapore will distribute greater than 450,000 contact-tracing units to migrant and native employees in dormitories to watch the unfold of the coronavirus, stated the nation’s manpower ministry.

The nation has rolled out the tokens to enrich the tracing cellphone app to succeed in the utmost variety of residents. With a purpose of ultimately reaching 100% of the inhabitants, Singapore’s tracing program is among the many most formidable on the planet. Efforts by many nations to make use of cell apps to struggle the virus have principally stalled or have been deserted amid dismal take-up charges and privateness considerations.

Staff within the dorms, a lot of them immigrants from India, Bangladash and Malaysia, have accounted for the overwhelming majority of the just about 58,000 circumstances within the metropolis state.

Following earlier announcement and pilot apply, Singapore has additionally determined to increase COVID-19 testing to extra stallholders, stall assistants and cleaners in addition to meals supply personnel.

Stallholders, stall assistants and cleaners working at 110 hawker facilities and markets and greater than 1,120 espresso outlets, in addition to meals supply personnel working within the locality of those consuming locations can go for the voluntary testing as a result of their increased frequency of interactions with the general public, stated a joint information launch on Thursday.

The testing operations shall be progressively rolled out to totally different areas of Singapore earlier than the top of the 12 months.

As of Thursday, Singapore reported three new COVID-19 circumstances, with two imported circumstances and one case involving a affected person residing within the dormitory who was detected by means of routine testing. The variety of the town state’s complete circumstances has risen to 57,892. 

This Sept 29, 2020, picture reveals Qatar Airways flight crew members carrying face masks as a safety measure in opposition to the COVID-19 novel coronavirus as they stroll previous an illuminated signal within the Sydney Worldwide Airport in Sydney. (DAVID GRAY / Newpaper24)


Australia is including business flights from the UK, India and South Africa and boosting quarantine locations in order that extra Australians stranded abroad by the pandemic can return residence. Prime Minister Scott Morrison stated Qantas Airways Ltd will present eight flights over coming weeks from London, New Delhi and Johannesburg.

All returned vacationers need to undertake quarantine in resorts for 14 days. A further 5,000 quarantine locations shall be accessible over the subsequent six months underneath an settlement with the Northern Territory authorities to open up a facility close to Darwin.

In the meantime, a number of hundred passengers from the New Zealand metropolis of Auckland are as a result of land in Sydney on Friday as a part of a brand new trans-Tasman journey bubble amid a quickly falling progress price in circumstances on the epicentre of Australia’s coronavirus outbreak.

Turkey confirmed 1,693 new COVID-19 sufferers on Thursday, elevating the full recognized sufferers to 342,143

The Australian state of Victoria recorded simply two new COVID-19 circumstances within the final 24 hours, well being authorities stated on Friday, within the lowest every day improve since early June.

Within the state of New South Wales, the place three New Zealand flights shall be touchdown on Friday, group transmission has crept up in latest days to double-digits, though the case load is modest in comparison with outbreaks in a lot of Europe and North America.

Travellers on the flights will not be required to quarantine in Sydney, Air New Zealand stated, though the preparations should not but reciprocal, with New Zealand requiring arrivals to be in managed isolation for 14 days.


Bangladesh reported 1,527 new COVID-19 circumstances and 15 new deaths on Friday, bringing the full circumstances within the nation to 386,086 and the full deaths to five,623, the Directorate Basic of Well being Companies (DGHS) stated.

The official information confirmed the full variety of recovered sufferers within the nation stood at 300,738 together with 1509 new recoveries on Friday.

An artist dressed as Hindu God Rama (middle) performs together with different artists throughout a standard Ram Leela drama which narrates the lifetime of Rama, in Allahabad on Oct 15, 2020. (SANJAY KANOJIA / Newpaper24)


India reported 63,371 further coronavirus circumstances on Friday, persevering with an easing development that has seen infections drop under 70,000 for 5 straight days. India, which now has a complete of seven.37 million circumstances, has been on observe to surpass the US because the world’s worst-hit nation. However COVID-19 is resurging within the US, with every day circumstances there climbing to match India’s whereas complete US infections are approaching 8 million. 

Deaths climbed in India, with a tally of 112,161 versus 111,266 the day earlier than.

Indian authorities’s focus has been on ramping up COVID-19 testing services throughout the size and breadth of the nation. Until Thursday a complete of 92,254,927 COVID-19 assessments had been performed, out of which 1,028,622 assessments had been performed on Thursday alone, revealed the information from the Indian Council of Medical Analysis (ICMR).


Indonesia reported 4,301 new coronavirus circumstances on Friday, taking its tally to 353,461, well being ministry information confirmed, the best in Southeast Asia.

The nation additionally reported 79 extra COVID-19 deaths, with complete fatalities at 12,347, additionally the area’s highest.


Iran recorded 4,552 new coronavirus and 265 new deaths prior to now 24 hours, down about 5% from report numbers seen earlier within the week. The well being ministry stated a complete of 522,387 infections and 29,870 fatalities have been reported thus far, because the nation has seen and improve in virus numbers, together with a number of new data, prior to now two weeks.

On this July 21, 2020 picture, passenger and cargo ships are docked on the North Port in Manila, the Philippines. (PHOTO / Newpaper24


The Iraqi Well being Ministry reported on Thursday 3,587 new COVID-19 circumstances, bringing the nationwide infections to 416,802.

The ministry additionally reported 65 extra deaths and three,356 new recovered circumstances, elevating the demise toll from the infectious virus to 10,086 and the full recoveries to 350,752 within the nation.

A complete of two,568,776 assessments have been carried out throughout the nation because the outbreak of the illness in February, with 20,023 performed in the course of the day, in accordance with the assertion.


Israel’s particular cupboard for dealing with the COVID-19 selected Thursday to partially carry a month-long lockdown on Sunday, by easing a few of the restrictions.

The primary part of the exit plan will start on Sunday amidst declining numbers of latest infections, the Prime Minister‘s Workplace and the Well being Ministry stated in a joint assertion.

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Beneath the cupboard choice, the restriction limiting residents to a 1,000-meter radius of their houses shall be lifted. 

Kindergartens and companies that don’t attend shoppers shall be reopened, however faculties and different companies would nonetheless be closed. Eating places can be allowed to take solely take-away orders.

Gatherings of greater than 20 will nonetheless be prohibited and native lockdowns in “pink” cities with excessive morbidity charges is perhaps imposed, the federal government stated.

Israel’s tally of COVID-19 circumstances crossed the 300,000 mark on Thursday, regardless of a latest decline within the every day rely of latest infections.

Israel recorded 1,701 new COVID-19 infections on Thursday, pushing the tally of COVID-19 circumstances to 300,201, marking a 3rd consecutive day of lower within the variety of new circumstances, the Israeli Well being Ministry stated.

The decline got here after 1,848 new circumstances had been reported on Wednesday and a couple of,621 new circumstances on Tuesday.


Japan’s coronavirus infections are leveling off and a dramatic change in new affected person numbers is just not anticipated, home media experiences cited Shigeru Omi, head of the federal government’s virus advisory panel, as saying Thursday. 

Folks’s habits remains to be shifting as many need to get again to regular life, however are additionally more and more conscious of conditions the place an infection threat is excessive, he stated. The island nation has recorded lower than 1,000 infections per day for over a month. Cluster an infection occasions nonetheless pose a threat, Omi warned.


Laos’ Nationwide Taskforce Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Management on Friday stated it has been monitoring 2,621 individuals throughout the nation over COVID-19 considerations.

Deputy Director Basic of the Division of Communicable Illness Management underneath the Lao Ministry of Well being Latsamy Vongkhamsao, informed a press convention in Lao capital Vientiane on Friday that some 1,870 individuals getting into Laos by means of worldwide border checkpoints on Thursday and the temperature of every particular person was checked earlier than sending to quarantine middle for 14 days.

A complete of two,621 individuals has been quarantined at 35 lodging facilities throughout the nation, stated Latsamy.

As of Friday, Laos has examined 59,448 suspected circumstances with 23 circumstances examined optimistic, and 22 sufferers have recovered.


Lebanon registered on Thursday the best every day improve within the variety of COVID-19 circumstances by 1,550 to 58,745, whereas the demise toll went up by 2 to 501, the Well being Ministry reported.

Mohamad Haidar, advisor to the well being minister, stated Thursday that private and non-private hospitals are including beds to their emergency models to obtain extra COVID-19 sufferers amid a steady improve within the variety of infections.

New Zealand

New Zealand reported 4 new imported circumstances of COVID-19 from managed isolation on Friday.

There’s one suspected historic case presently being investigated, which isn’t included in Friday’s reporting numbers, in accordance with the Ministry of Well being.

The primary imported case arrived from the Philippines through Hong Kong on Oct 3 and was taken to a managed isolation facility in Auckland. This particular person examined optimistic as a part of routine day 12 testing and has been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility, stated a ministry assertion.

The second imported case arrived from Peru through Mexico and america on Oct 10 and was taken to a managed isolation facility in Christchurch. This particular person examined optimistic as a part of routine day 3 testing, the assertion stated.

The third and fourth imported circumstances each arrived from Hong Kong on Oct 11 and had been taken to a managed isolation facility in Auckland. They examined optimistic as a part of routine day 3 testing and have been transferred to the Auckland quarantine facility, it stated.

The nation’s complete variety of confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 is 1,524, which is the quantity reported to the World Well being Group.

New Zealand’s complete variety of energetic circumstances is 46, all imported circumstances. There aren’t any energetic group circumstances of COVID-19, it stated.

Palestinians carrying a protecting masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic attend a rally to protest the discount of the meals basket supplied by the United Nations Aid and Works Company for Palestine Refugees within the Close to East (UNRWA) in Gaza Metropolis, on Oct 14, 2020. (MOHAMMED ABED / Newpaper24)


Palestine on Thursday recorded 442 new circumstances contaminated with the novel coronavirus, bringing the full variety of infections within the Palestinian territories to 57,441.

Palestinian Well being Minister Mai al-Kaila stated in a press assertion that 350 circumstances had been reported within the West Financial institution, 11 in East Jerusalem and 81 within the Gaza Strip.

In the meantime, the Palestinian well being ministry recorded eight fatalities from the COVID-19, elevating the full variety of deaths to 471, the minister famous.

Palestine presently has 6,755 energetic circumstances, together with 4,366 circumstances within the Gaza Strip, in accordance with the minister

This Oct 12, 2020, picture reveals spectators singing the nationwide anthem throughout a pleasant soccer match between the South Korean nationwide workforce and the under-23 nationwide workforce at a stadium in Goyang. (YONHAP / Newpaper24)

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s Well being Minister, Pavithra Wanniarachchi has signed a particular gazette notification on the implementation of COVID-19 precautions, together with carrying face masks, sustaining social distance and hand hygiene because the nation has been dealing with an increase in new COVID-19 circumstances in latest weeks.

South Korea

South Korea reported 47 new coronavirus circumstances in 24 hours, down from 99 a day earlier, in accordance with information from the Korea Illness Management and Prevention Company. The whole variety of confirmed circumstances there rose to 25,035.


The United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Thursday introduced 1,398 new COVID-19 circumstances, elevating the full confirmed quantity within the nation to 111,437.

On the similar time, 1,666 extra sufferers recovered from the virus, taking the tally of recoveries within the UAE to 103,325, the Ministry of Well being and Prevention stated.

It additionally confirmed two extra deaths, pushing up the nation’s demise toll to 452.

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Folks carrying protecting face masks in opposition to the unfold of the novel corona virus, COVID-19, sit on benches within the Kugulu Park in Ankara on Oct 12, 2020. (ADEM ALTAN / Newpaper24)

The Philippines

The Philippines is investigating COVID-19 outbreaks on ships that modified crews in Manila in a bid to keep away from a ban on Filipino seafarers.

Stricter protocols in crew-change hubs could also be put in place, relying on the probe’s outcomes, Transportation Assistant Secretary Narciso Vingson Jr stated in a press release Friday.

The investigation comes after infections had been recorded amongst crew of Australia-bound bulk carriers Vega Dream and the Patricia Oldendorff, elevating chance of a ban on seafarers from the Philippines, which provides 1 / 4 of the world’s service provider marine workforce.

Vingson stated the infections could have occurred earlier than the federal government standardized testing in a brand new facility it opened in Manila’s port final month for arriving and departing Filipino seafarers. Prior, manning businesses had been “working on their very own and could also be missing in monitoring,” he stated.

The Western Australia At the moment reported on Oct 12 that Australian mining firms gained’t use any seafarers from Manila, the epicenter of the Philippine outbreak. The Southeast Asian nation’s maritime company has not acquired official discover of this transfer, stated Luisito delos Santos, who heads its data service.

Vessels have been diverting to the Philippines to facilitate crew modifications after the pandemic shut borders and restricted flights.

The Philippines reported 3,139 new every day circumstances of the COVID-19 on Friday, pushing the full variety of the confirmed circumstances within the Southeast Asian nation to 351,750.


Turkey confirmed 1,693 new COVID-19 sufferers on Thursday, elevating the full recognized sufferers to 342,143.

In the meantime, 66 individuals died prior to now 24 hours, taking the demise toll to 9,080, the Turkish Well being Ministry introduced.



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