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Brunei detects 13 local Omicron cases

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the daily press conference yesterday
Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar. PHOTO: BAHYIAH BAKIR

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Samples from 570 COVID-19 cases detected in Brunei Darussalam as of yesterday underwent gene sequencing testing, out of which, 520 cases were confirmed as Delta variant while 50 were Omicron variant.

The Omicron cases included 37 import and 13 local cases.

This was said by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar during a press conference on the latest updates of the COVID-19 situation in Brunei yesterday.

“So far, there are no Omicron cases recorded in the country categorised under Category 4 and 5 or requiring oxygen assistance and intensive care. Those who have been infected showed mild symptoms or are asymptomatic.”

Those yet to take the COVID-19 vaccination or booster dose are advised to do so at vaccination centres in the country, the minister added.

“As gene sequencing takes time to be tested, the public is urged to take vaccination or booster shots if they have not done so. This is one way to manage and control transmission in the community. The public is also reminded to follow all standard operating procedures (SOPs) and guidelines that have been outlined.”

Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham said the 13 local cases are sourced from private residence clusters, indicating an Omicron variant spread in the country. The public is urged to not feel anxious as the Omicron variants will result in mild or light symptoms compared to the Delta variant.

The public is also advised to take precautionary measures to curb the transmission.








Administering of 3rd booster dose against COVID-19 in Cambodia finally takes off along with 4th dose

Khmer Times / 1.21.22
After languishing at about three million booster doses administered from the start in August last year  until end of 2021, the onset of Omicron and the availability of Pfizer Vaccines, albeit in limited supply, seems to be the impetus the Ministry of Health needed to get people to rush back to vaccination centres.

The 3rd booster dose has now been administered to 5,073,265 people, including 2,587,619 females while the fourth dose which started on January 14 has seen a total of 204,730 getting it as of January 20.

To date, since vaccination first started on February 10, 2021, a total of 14,326,513 people have received their first dose of the vaccine while 13,728,089 have received their second dose to complete their two course vaccine programme.



Community, Imported cases jump as Cambodia records highest ever daily Omicron case total

Khmer Times
Cambodia recorded another big jump in Omicron cases today with the highest daily new cases total since November 13th 2021

Todays official daily new COVID case total (diagnosed by PCR test) was 57 – all the Omicron variant – bringing the COVID case total to 121,299 cases.

The Kingdom recorded 44 new community and 13 new imported cases of the new variant.

Cambodia has now recorded 858 cases of Omicron – 472 imported and 386 community cases.

Omicron, reported to be highly transmissible and with a higher reinfection rate,  has now spread worldwide – including Cambodia.

Health Ministry spokesman Hok Kim Cheng said that the Omicron variant is highly transmissible although the symptoms are mild while the Delta strain had caused thousands of people to die.

“The emergence of the Omicron variant does not mean that the Delta, a highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 virus strain, has disappeared,” he added.

At present, he said less than 150 people are admitted to Intensive Care Units across the country with Covid-19 while the majority suffered only mild symptoms and have recovered at home or are recovering at their houses without burdening the health system. All are victims of the Omicron variant.







Latest official COVID-19 data

Confirmed 4,301,193
Deaths 144,254
Recovered 4,127,662

COVID-19 third wave takes hold in Jakarta

People queue for a free rapid test for the COVID-19 coronavirus sponsored by the Indonesian National Police in Jakarta on June 21, 2020. (AFP/Adek Berry). Usage: 0(AFP/Adek Berry)



A third wave of the coronavirus pandemic has begun to take hold across the country, with the Omicron variant of the virus believed to have driven a surge in cases and hospitalization in the capital, where more than 80 percent of the population has been vaccinated.


On Thursday, the country saw 8,077 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, the highest official daily caseload since August last year when the country was struggling to contain the Delta-induced second wave, which peaked at 56,757 cases a month earlier.


While studies have shown that Omicron is less virulent than its predecessors, experts have warned that the high transmissibility of the variant could lead to a spike in cases that could disastrously overwhelm the healthcare system.ess:

Dio Suhenda (The Jakarta Post)
Jakarta   ●   Fri, January 28, 2022







United States extends support for Covid response

The United States has so far provided over US$13 million in support of Laos’ battle against Covid-19 since March 2020.
In addition to the health sector, the US government is committed to helping the Lao government address the impacts of the pandemic on the education system, the economy, and the rule of law, US Ambassador to Laos Dr Peter M. Haymond said.
Speaking at a ceremony to hand over the latest delivery of Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine to Laos on Wednesday, Dr Haymond said the United States will continue its support for businesses, the education system, health care, persons with disabilities, and the rule of law.

In addition to providing emergency assistance, the United States works in close partnership with the government and citizens of Laos on a range of programmes to improve health outcomes.
These include long-term efforts to improve nutrition through school feeding, programmes to address maternal and child health, and efforts to address and prevent infectious diseases.

By Phetphoxay Sengpaseuth
(Latest Update January 28, 2022)








Booster dose given according to current developments on Covid-19 – MOH

Pix for representational purpose only. BERNAMApix

KUALA LUMPUR: The administration of the Covid-19 booster vaccine is based on current developments in relation to the effectiveness of vaccines and challenges arising from the emergence of new variants of the virus, the Health Ministry (MOH) said today.

It said the National Covid-19 Immunisation Programme 



Sabah shuts ‘Covid cluster’ schools to curb virus spread

 01- 30- 2022 10:32 AM


KOTA KINABALU: Sabah’s decision to temporarily close schools detected to have triggered Covid-19 clusters is aimed at preventing more students and teachers from getting infected, said state Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun.







Myanmar’s Omicron cases rise to 146

People wait at a COVID-19 health check station in Yangon, Myanmar. PHOTO: XINHUA

.People wait at a COVID-19 health check station in Yangon, Myanmar. PHOTO: XINHUA

ANGON (XINHUA) – The number of Omicron cases has risen to 146 after 28 new cases were reported in Myanmar, according to a statement from its Ministry of Health on Thursday night.

The ministry said the Omicron variant was found in 11 samples of returnees from Malaysia, six from the Philippines, three from Thailand, four from Singapore, two from India and one each from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Russia.

According to the ministry’s figures on Thursday, the number of COVID-19 infections has increased to 533,732 in Myanmar after 128 new Covid-19 cases were reported in the past 24 hours.

With one more death, the death toll has reached 19,307 as of Thursday.

A total of 511,798 patients have been discharged from hospitals.

Myanmar detected its first two COVID-19 positive cases in March 2020.









(as of 01-27-22 )


PH logs 17,677 new Covid-19 cases, lowest since Jan 6

By Red Mendoza
January 26, 2022

The last time the count fell to about 17,000 was on Jan. 6, 2022 when 17,220 were reported in a single day.

Tuesday’s tally puts the overall cases in the country at 3.46 million.

Positivity rate is at 37.2 percent, with 43,874 samples processed by 306 laboratories. Six others were not able to send their data on January 23.

Of the active cases, 98.1 percent or about 242,000, are mild or asymptomatic and 308 are critical.

Total number of recoveries is at 3.159 million, including 33,144 new ones.

The death toll is at 53, 598, including 79 new fatalities.






Tracking Covid-19 cases in Singapore

A summary of those hospitalised, requiring oxygen or in the ICU

Currently in hospital Require oxygen supplementation Critically ill in ICU

There are currently 49 cases of serious illness requiring oxygen supplementation. Among them are 41 seniors aged 60 or older.

There is particular concern for those aged 60 or older

850 people have died

There were no new deaths from Covid-19 complications, according to MOH data released on Jan 27.

Rate of vaccination remains largely stagnant as booster shots increase

As at Jan 26, 88 per cent of the population have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, and 91 per cent have received at least one dose.

In addition, the Health Ministry reported that 91 per cent of the eligible population have completed their full regime, or received two doses of Covid-19 vaccines.

Those eligible for booster doses are also being invited to receive their third shots. So far, 57 per cent of Singapore’s population have received boosters.

A summary of cases – those locally transmitted and those imported

The number of Covid-19 cases in Singapore has grown to 333,071, with 5,469 new cases reported on Jan 27.

Of the total cases, 1,898 were detected through polymerase chain reaction tests – comprising 1,537 local cases and 361 imported cases.

Another 3,571 cases were detected through antigen rapid tests and assessed by a doctor to have mild symptoms and of low risk. Of these, 3,553 were local and 18 were imported.

Meanwhile, another 3,109 patients were discharged. So far, a total of 311,589 patients have recovered from Covid-19.

The weekly infection growth rate is at 2.37.

Source: Ministry of Health
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Covid infection rate steady with 8,444 new cases Sunday

A devotee wearing a face mask visits Wat Mangkon Kamalawat in Bangkok's Yaowarat on Saturday ahead of Chinese New Year. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

A devotee wearing a face mask visits Wat Mangkon Kamalawat in Bangkok’s Yaowarat on Saturday ahead of Chinese New Year. (Photo: Somchai Poomlard)

The government on Sunday announced 8,444 more Covid-19 cases, maintaining the range of 6,000-9,000 infections per day since Jan 7, along with 12 new fatalities.

This compared with the 8,618 new cases and 19 fatalities reported on Saturday morning.

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration said on Sunday afternoon that the 12 new fatalities were between the ages of 55 and 83, all Thai nationals.

Bangkok logged the most new deaths at two, followed by one each in Samut Prakan, Kalasin, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Ratchasima, Ubon Ratchathani, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Sawan, Chumphon, Yala and Ayutthaya.

Of the local infections, 8,133 were confirmed at hospitals, 54 via mass testing and 21 among inmates.  A further 236 infections were imported from abroad.

Bangkok had 1,271 new cases, followed by Samut Prakan (783), Chon Buri (408), Nonthaburi (403), Phuket (360), Si Sa Ket (224), Ubon Ratchathani (216), Pathum Thani (174), (Nakhon Ratchasima) 166, Samut Sakhon and Nakhon Si Thammarat (162).

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On Saturday, 84,542 people received Covid-19 treatment at hospitals, including 546 seriously ill patients and 109 dependent on ventilators.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 2.6 million in 24 hours to 373 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 7,647 to 5.6 million. The United States had the most cases at 75 million, up 192,028, and the most deaths at 906,861, up 1,127.

On Saturday, 7,829 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovering from the coronavirus.

Since the pandemic started in early 2020, there have been 2,432,534 Covid-19 cases, including 209,099 cases this year, with 2,325,835 complete recoveries to date.

The accumulated death toll stood at 22,157 since the beginning of the pandemic.

The highest number of Covid-related fatalities in a 24-hour period was 312 recorded on Aug 13. The highest number of cases was 23,418 on Aug 18.

Global Covid-19 cases rose by 2.6 million in 24 hours to 373 million. The worldwide death toll went up by 7,647 to 5.6 million. The United States had the most cases at 75 million, up 192,028, and the most deaths at 906,861, up 1,127.

Thailand ranked 30th with its accumulated 2,432,534 cases.




  • Total cases:2,432,534
  • Recovered:2,325,835
  • Daily New Cases:8,444
  • Deaths:22,160
  • Rank:30






Việt Nam reports 15,150 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

Update: January, 29/2022 – 18:37


Việt Nam reports 15,150 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, including 50 imported and 15,100 local cases.


Việt Nam reports over 15,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday

Update: January, 29/2022


A resident in Hà Nội was vaccinated on Saturday under the nationwide “rapid” spring  COVID-19 vaccination campaign launched the same day. —VNA/VNS Photo

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam reported 15,150 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, including 50 imported infections.

The new transmissions bring the national tally to 2,233,287.

The capital city of Hà Nôi still topped the country in terms of new cases with 2,806.

With an additional 115 COVID-19 related deaths announced on Saturday, Việt Nam’s COVID death toll is now 37,547 cases.

The country also announced that 12,353 patients made a full recovery, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,962,597.

Việt Nam has so far administered over 180.8 million doses of vaccines, including more than 79 million first doses and over 74 million second doses.

The country started a nationwide rapid vaccination campaign on Saturday. The drive, targeting all children and adults who still need vaccinations, will last through February 28. — VNS


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