Tag: COVID-19

Now Trump says it’s wrong to compare coronavirus to regular flu

President Donald Trump said Tuesday that the risk from coronavirus is emphatically worse than regular flu, reversing his previous statements. Trump told a White House press conference that "a lot of people" had previously suggested the country should simply let the coronavirus take its course, just...

World faces food crisis in wake of coronavirus: UN, WTO

The heads of three global agencies warned Wednesday of the risk of a worldwide "food shortage" if authorities fail to manage the ongoing coronavirus crisis properly. Many governments around the world have put their populations on lockdown causing severe slow-downs in international trade and food...

PSP celebrates 1st anniversary, releases year in review and pushes for a change in governing model

Singapore –Opposition party, Progress Singapore Party (PSP) celebrated their first year anniversary on Saturday (March 28) and released a commemorative statement, reminiscing on the path toward a “changed Singapore” and pushing the need for a change in governance. PSP’s Assistant Secretary-General, Mr Leong Mun Wai,...

“Luxurious jail” — Taxpayers foot bill of returnees quarantined in 5-star hotels

Singapore -- A woman has posted on Facebook to complain that taxpayers’ money is being used to place people returning from the United States and the United Kingdom in luxury hotels to prevent them from potentially spreading the Covid-19 virus to their families. A report...

China slashes rate, pumps $7 bn into market to counter virus

China's central bank on Monday cut an interest rate on loans to banks by the largest margin in five years and injected 50 billion yuan ($7 billion) into the financial system to help the world's second-largest economy weather the coronavirus impact. The People's Bank of...

Global lockdown tightens as virus deaths mount

by Mariette Le Roux with Peter Hutchison in New York Lockdowns aimed at halting the march of the coronavirus pandemic have extended worldwide as the global death toll mounts and the US outbreak continues to accelerate. Despite slivers of hope in stricken Italy, tough measures that...

New COVID-19 regulations say “related diners” can sit together at restaurants, and netizens are completely confused

SINGAPORE—The latest wave of preventive regulations amidst the COVID-19 outbreak detailed proper seating arrangements when dining out—"related diners" can sit together, but unrelated customers must be one metre apart. With so many social distancing measures to remember and with establishments implementing their own rules,...

Mother shares harrowing experience of 5-yr-old daughter going for Covid-19 test

Singapore – "This afternoon, I held my 5-yr-old daughter's hands as a nurse in full infectious disease gear took a thin cotton bud (qtip) about 12 cm long, and stuck it into both her nostrils. One at a time. My daughter just got the...

Hospitals turn to snorkel masks to ease respirator overload

by Marc BURLEIGH As hospitals face an overload of COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe, innovative medical staff are turning to snorkelling masks from sports stores to stop their lungs collapsing. The idea started in Italy, the European country worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with hospitals in other...

Trump ditches hopes of quick virus bounce-back for US

by Ben Sheppard and AFP bureaus President Donald Trump has extended emergency coronavirus restrictions for the United States, where his top scientist warned up to 200,000 people could die, as the Russian capital and Africa's biggest city readied to go into lockdown on Monday. The reassessment by...