The Singapore government has said it is assessing any potential changes in a planned travel bubble with Hong Kong after a surge in Covid-19 infections triggered new restrictions in the city-state. Singapore announced on Tuesday evening that it would impose a three-week crackdown, including limiting social gatherings. no more than five people and tightening the borders, to stem the spread of a new variant first identified in India. The stricter rules come just over a week after an agreement to open an air transport corridor with Hong Kong on May 26. “We will monitor the situation and examine and assess whether or not there will be any changes,” said Lawrence Wong, the minister who co-chairs the Singapore government’s virus working group. Authorities in Singapore and Hong Kong are keeping in touch, he said. Read more: Singapore tightens viral rules in India Fall of variant cluster Growing cluster in Singapore, which recorded its first coronavirus-related death in nearly two months over the weekend, highlights the fragility of the agreements of travel in the face of highly transmissible variants. The Hong Kong-Singapore deal, which has already been repeatedly delayed due to outbreaks of infection, includes a clear threshold on the number of linked local cases before the corridor is suspended. Under the terms of the deal, the travel bubble will be closed for two weeks if the seven-day moving average of the daily number of unrelated local cases exceeds five in Singapore or Hong Kong. Currently, the number in Singapore is 1.43, well below that threshold. In Hong Kong, Commerce and Economic Development Secretary Edward Yau said on Tuesday evening that the government was monitoring the outbreak in Singapore, although he said the number of cases was and large “within the agreed range.” More infectious “All five new cases reported by Singapore on Tuesday are linked to a growing cluster at a 40-year-old large public hospital and are linked to the Indian variant. These mutations are overtaking immunization advances in many places around the world, threatening to spread the pandemic. “They’re more contagious, they cause bigger clusters than before,” Wong said. “We have done our best to narrow down the cases through contact tracing, but we have to assume that there are still cases hidden in the community.” On alert Nine months earlier in community Covid-19 cases, Singapore at the forefront of technology Source: Singapore Ministry of Health, Bloomberg shares in Singapore Airlines Ltd. fell 2.8% on Wednesday while Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd. fell a smaller 1.3%. From May 8 to 30, group gatherings in Singapore are to be reduced from a maximum of eight to five, the health ministry said on Tuesday. In workplaces, no more than 50% of employees able to work from home can return to the office, down from the previous limit of 75%. The quarantine of travelers from May 8 will be increased to 21 days by compared to the current 14, except for a small group of low-risk locations including Australia, Brunei Darussalam, China, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau, the ministry said. With the first flights going on May 26 as planned, visitors to Singapore will visit an island where restrictions are slightly tighter than they have been in recent months. Barbecues, gyms and campsites are closed again and people cannot gather in groups of more than five people, although restaurants are open and in most cases very busy. Customers must, however, finish drinking around 10 p.m. (updates with market reaction, background.) Before he’s there, it’s on the Bloomberg terminal. LEARN MORE .
“You know what this is? It’s a metaphorical doorway to freedom,” said a smiling health worker during a New Zealand public health campaign promoting the use of the COVID-19 vaccine.
- Official campaigns in Singapore and New Zealand have been praised for their humorous and informative nature
- Mass immunization centers across Australia report relatively low turnout as vaccines are opened into the more than 50s
- Experts say messaging in Australia needs to address public concerns over AstraZeneca’s injections and blood clots
Punchy, funny and nearly a minute long, the governments of New Zealand and Singapore this week launched a new video ad campaign encouraging citizens to get a shot.
The Singapore ad features Phua Chu Kang, the main character of the popular 1990s sitcom, and includes a number of catchphrases.
Online people mostly responded to the campaign positively, although many described it as “horrified”.
“Now I know why Singapore has such high trust in its government: healthy and informative music videos,” wrote one Twitter user.
The advert was loaded with Singlish – English Creole, a dialect of Chinese, Malay and Tamil that is unique to Singapore – so it immediately appealed to local audiences.
“Better take your shot, steady pom pi pi,” said the jingle, using Singaporean slang for someone who stays calm and composed in difficult situations.
The New Zealand advertisement also includes the local language, stating “Ka kite, COVID”, which means “bye, COVID” in Maori.
“Congratulations to the team for making it a unique Kiwi,” wrote one Twitter user.
‘Vaccinations for communities not just for individuals’
Both advertisements are examples of powerful communication, said Kirsten McCaffery, director of the Sydney Health Literacy Lab at the University of Sydney School of Public Health.
They cleverly use humor, use colloquial language, are easy to follow, and frame vaccination as a “road to freedom,” Professor McCaffery told the ABC.
“The important thing is they overcome important obstacles in a creative way and pay attention to some problems that we know are important from the research evidence,” he said.
New Zealand’s videos clearly target different age groups and ethnic groups very positively, Professor McCaffery said, adding that they both promote the message that “vaccinations are for society not just for individuals”.
More than 2 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine have been given in Singapore, while at least 232,588 doses have been given in New Zealand.
Australia has given more than 2 million doses, but each have about five times the population of Singapore and New Zealand.
Federal Health Secretary Greg Hunt announced in January an advertising campaign worth $ 24 million will be launched in Australia via TV, radio, print, social and digital media.
However, the video produced for the campaign is much simpler than that of its Singaporean and Kiwi counterparts, and features senior government advisers on COVID-19, infectious disease doctor Nick Coatsworth and Australian Chief Nurse and Midwifery Alison McMillan.
“This campaign will keep Australians fully and up-to-date on the safety and effectiveness of the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available, including when, how and where to get the injection,” Hunt said in January.
“It is very unclear to date what the $ 24 million government has made for the vaccination communications campaign,” said Professor McCaffery.
Epidemiologist Catherine Bennett told the ABC that there may be doubts about getting the AstraZeneca vaccine, given reports of blood clots in a small number of people.
Professor McCaffery said in Australia, a public awareness campaign was needed to directly address public concerns about AstraZeneca’s injections and blood clots.
“We need a more creative type of communication that takes into account understanding people’s concerns and perspectives and presents them in an entertaining and engaging format,” he said.
The Ministry of Health was contacted for comment.
JAKARTA, Indonesia Amid COVID-19 restrictions that ban most cross-border movement, Malaysia and Singapore have decided to allow their citizens to travel between the two countries on humanitarian grounds from May 17, according to a joint statement foreign ministers from both countries. Sunday evening, travel would be limited to attending funerals or being with seriously ill people. “This agreement provides a framework to facilitate travel between the two countries for humanitarian and emergency reasons,” Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein and his Singaporean counterpart said. Vivian Balakrishnan. The first was on a two-day official visit to Singapore. The two sides agreed on the procedures and entry conditions for the visits, and further details will be provided by the respective authorities. The ministers also agreed to continue discussions on the reopening of borders. Balakrishnan said the program was “necessary because of the close kinship between Malaysia and Singapore.” “Parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and in family crisis, people want to come together and therefore, keep in mind this very special close relationship between the people of Singapore and the people of Malaysia, it is necessary to have projects like this, ”he said. * Written by Maria Elisa Hospita of the Indonesian Language Service at Anadolu Agency. news available to subscribers in the AA News Delivery System (HAS), and in summary form. Please contact us for subscription options.
Bringing much-needed assistance amidst the country’s ongoing COVID-19 crisis, India Air Force C-17 aircraft (IAF) on Sunday carried four cryogens oxygen containers from Frankfurt in German to Hindon air base near Delhi.
Along with this, 450 oxygen cylinders from Brize Norton in the UK are also transported to Chennai air base in Tamil Nadu.
In addition, the C-17 transports two cryogens oxygen containers from Chandigarh to Bhubaneswar, two from Jodhpur to Jamnagar, two from Hindan to Ranchi, two from Indore to Jamnagar, and two from Hindon to Bhubaneswar, the IAF said.
The C-17 transport aircraft is also preparing to transport more oxygen containers from Singapore, according to Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) information.
“The IAF C17 transport aircraft are preparing to transport more empty oxygen containers from Singapore today. These containers will further increase the availability of oxygen in the country given the current Covid-19 surge. Such airlifting is coordinated by the MHA,” the MHA Spokesman tweeted at Tuesday.
(Only the title and image of this report may have been reworked by Business Standards staff; other content was generated automatically from syndicated feeds.)
Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter here on what you need to know and subscribe to our Covid-19 podcast for the latest news and analysis. Malaysia and Singapore have said they will allow travel between the two countries for compassionate reasons or for family emergencies of May 17th. The visits are believed to be for reasons of death and serious illness, the two sides said in a joint statement after a two-day visit by Malaysian Foreign Minister Hishammuddin Hussein to the city-state. The countries have agreed on procedures and entry conditions for the visits, and details will be released by the respective authorities, foreign ministers said. “This agreement provides a framework to facilitate travel between the two countries for compassionate and emergency reasons,” said Hishammuddin and Singapore Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan. Hishammuddin’s visit was his first since his appointment last year. The two sides also agreed to continue discussions on further border reopening measures, based on the pandemic situation, the statement said. Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s planned visit to Singapore has been postponed until later this year, Hishammuddin said separately. Muhyiddin’s current goal is to deal with the rising number of coronaviruses in Malaysia, and the current situation would not provide the two prime ministers with “the right environment,” he said. Before he’s here, it’s on the Bloomberg terminal. LEARN MORE .