Wildlife, Disease, and the Future

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By: Gregory McCannWas it a pangolin, slaughtered in the wet markets of Wuhan, that brought the world economy to its knees and wiped out tens of thousands of humans in 2020? Or was it a bat, also hailing from the dreadful wildlife markets of Hebei, that did this? It must be acknowledged that health problems stemming from markets...

Thailand to consider reopening more businesses as virus appears contained, Asia News

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BANGKOK - Thailand will consider a plan to reopen more businesses and establishments from as early as June 15, an official said on Wednesday (June 10), after the country has reported no local transmissions of the coronavirus in the past 16 days. The government's Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration will consider the plan for the next phase of more "high...

Vietnam, US in Cautious Dance during Harris Visit

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By: David BrownConsidering pre-visit speculation in some American media and subsequent reports in Vietnamese media, a reader might conclude that Kamala Harris came to Vietnam bearing a conditional proposal that bilateral ties be raised to a 'strategic partnership' – the better to deal with China's presumption of sovereignty over the South China Sea – and that the second...

Japan proposes expanding COVID-19 emergency curbs as cases surge: Minister

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TOKYO : Japan on Thursday (Aug 5) proposed expanding emergency restrictions to eight more prefectures to fight a surge in COVID-19 cases, a cabinet minister said, as worries grow about strains on the nation's medical system in Olympics host Tokyo and elsewhere. Officials have warned that coronavirus infections were surging at an unprecedented pace as new cases hit record highs...

Global Charity Cyclists Parked in Paradise by Covid-19

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By: Joyce ChenA back-to-basics retreat to a sunny Thai island sounds like an idyllic break. For Christopher O’Hare and Gabriella Gatrix, however, it is the longest pit-stop they have taken since setting out from The Nightingale Center in Manchester, England two years ago. As hardy adventurers, their goal was to cycle more than 100,000 km across all seven...

TTSH COVID-19 cluster: 5 Ward 9D patients, A&E nurse among 8 more to test positive

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SINGAPORE: Five patients who had been warded in Ward 9D at Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH), as well as a nurse who works in the emergency department are among the eight new COVID-19 cases linked to the cluster there.The TTSH cluster, Singapore’s...

Tourists banned from first wave of ‘travel bubbles’, says Thai health minister, Asia News

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The “travel bubble” scheme will open first to business groups and international-school teachers who can be easily tracked, not general tourists, said Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Friday (June 19). He was speaking after meeting with Japanese ambassador Nashida Kazuya. Japan is among the countries deemed at low risk for Covid-19 contagion that are being considered for the “travel...

MOH updates COVID-19 vaccination guidelines; those with multiple allergies without anaphylaxis can now receive jabs

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SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) has eased its COVID-19 vaccination recommendations for certain groups of people, including those with multiple allergies that are not anaphylactic in nature.The ministry had previously advised those with a history of multiple allergies to defer receiving mRNA-based vaccines.  ...

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‘Miss Congeniality’ Starts a Filipino Revolution

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By: Criselda YabesMaginhawa Street is familiar terrain to Manila’s university people, a long artery in a residential neighborhood adjacent to the University of the Philippines. It was the hangout for the millennials, the foodies, the radicals, and the woke – which has gone deserted since the start of the 14-month quarantine in the Philippine capital. One day in...