“The 2019 Plague” Day 259


De-escalation plan for mosques remains at Phase four

Syazwani Hj Rosli The Mosque Affairs Department announced that de-escalation for mosques, surau and religious halls remains at the Phase 4. Apart from the usual safety practices when entering mosques, surau and religious halls such as temperature checks, hand sanitisation and BruHealth QR code

More easing of restrictions starting Monday

James Kon Brunei Darussalam is moving towards more easing of restrictions, starting from August 17, which will see an increase from 100 to 200 in the number of attendees at mass gatherings, among other activities.




MALAYSIA: Covid-19: 11 local infections among 15 new cases – Health DG

PUTRAJAYA: Fifteen new cases of positive Covid-19 including 11 local transmissions were reported in Malaysia today, said Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pix).

He said this brings the cumulative figure for positive cases to 9,129, including 183 active cases with infectivity.

He said the local transmission cases involved 10 Malaysians one from pre-surgery screening at a medical centre in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur and nine from the new Tawar cluster in Kedah and a foreigner from screening done prior to departure for overseas.

“There were four imported cases, all involving Malaysians, with three cases in Selangor who returned from Indonesia and one from Yemen (in the FT of Kuala Lumpur),” he told a press conference on Covid-19 here.

Four cases had recovered and were discharged today, bringing the cumulative figure for recoveries to 8,821, or 96.6 per cent of the total number of cases, he added.

Dr Noor Hisham said the Covid-19 death toll remains at 125 as no fatalities were reported today.

“Two positive cases are still being treated in the intensive care unit and none requires ventilator support,” he said. –Bernama


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PHILS.: Duterte to skip Philippine trial of Russia virus vaccine

MANILA (AFP) – The Philippines will begin large-scale human testing of Russia’s coronavirus vaccine in October, but President Rodrigo Duterte will not receive the inoculation until regulators guarantee its safety, his spokesman said yesterday.

Duterte had offered himself up as a guinea pig for the very first jab, expressing “huge trust” in the vaccine, despite growing scepticism about its effectiveness.

But his spokesman Harry Roque said the president was scheduled to receive the vaccine no earlier than May 1 – weeks after Phase 3 clinical trial due to end in March.

The country’s Food and Drug Administration is expected to approve the vaccine – developed by the Gamaleya research institute and the Russian Defence Ministry – in April.

“May 1 is when the PSG (presidential security group) may allow him, once all requisite tests have been finished,” Roque told reporters.

Moscow said it has developed the world’s first vaccine and is in the final stage of tests involving 2,000 people. Roque said Philippine experts will review next month the results of Russia’s Phase 1 and 2 clinical trials before the Southeast Asian country starts its Phase 3 testing.




SINGAPORE: 102 new virus cases in S’pore, including five in community

SINGAPORE (CNA) – Singapore reported 102 new COVID-19 cases as of noon yesterday, including five in the community and six imported infections. This brings the country’s total number of cases to 55,497.

Of the five community cases, one is a Singapore permanent resident and four are work pass holders, said the city state in its preliminary daily update.




THAILAND: More Covid-19 cases, most from India

Pupils check their distance apart during morning assembly at Intarumphun Anusorn School in Samut Prakan province on Thursday. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)
Pupils check their distance apart during morning assembly at Intarumphun Anusorn School in Samut Prakan province on Thursday. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

The government on Friday reported 17 new cases coronavirus disease infection, all quarantined returnees, mostly from India, raising the total to 3,376.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration announced that 15 of the new cases were Thais who arrived from India on Aug 9 – nine males and six females, aged 12-72 years.

They were quarantined in Chon Buri province and tested positive for the disease on Wednesday while being asymptomatic.

Another case is a Thai man, 54, who returned from the United States on July 31 and was quarantined in Chon Buri. He tested positive for the disease on Wednesday without showing any symptoms.

The other is a Thai male student, 25 who returned from Australia on Monday. He was quarantined in Chon Buri and tested positive on Wednesday, also without any symptoms.

So far, 3,286 people have returned from India and 9.57% of them tested positive for Covid-19. The infection rates are 9.11% among the 5,239 returnees from the US and 0.23% of the 2,132 from Australia.

Of the total 3,376 cases, 3,173 have recovered including four who were discharged over the past 24 hours, and 145 patients are in hospital. The death toll is unchanged since June 2, at 58.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 274,655 in the previous 24 hours to 21.08 million. The death toll went up by 6,221 to 753,479. The US had the most cases at 5.41 million, up by 55,364, and the most deaths at 170,415, up by 1,284.

Brazil was second with 3.23 million cases, up by 59,147, and 105,564 deaths, up by 1,301. India ranked third with 2.46 million cases, up by 64,142, and 48,144 deaths, up by 1,006.

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