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Singapore has tightened quarantine after a new outbreak of corona virus
Prime Minister Li Xian Long said quarantine in the country would be extended until June 1. The government will also strengthen some restrictive measures, in particular, it will reduce more jobs and impose restrictions on entry to “hot spots” such as large public markets.
“We will implement these tougher measures until May 4. But after that we will not be able to completely remove the restrictions and return to normal life. Therefore, we will extend the quarantine for another four weeks after May 4, in other words, until June 1,” said Xiang Lun . He explained that Singapore is introducing new measures to contain the corona virus in connection with a sharp jump in the incidence of disease. So, over the past day, 1111 new cases of COVID-19 were detected. Almost all of them were recorded as a result of aggressive testing in the hostels of migrant workers.
Singapore will grow food on house roofs
Singapore announces products promotion as the virus could leave town without food.
Among other measures, Singapore is considering the possibility of growing fruits and vegetables at home. Now in the city, only 1% of its 724 square meters. Km are allocated to agriculture, and production costs are bigger than in the rest of Southeast Asia.
The densely populated city-state makes about 10% of its food needs, but they plan to change the situation.
The authorities believe that they will be able to increase food production over the next six months. To do this, they will begin to issue grants for those who can produce eggs, leafy vegetables and fish as soon as possible and within the city. Residents have already been called upon to distinguish vacant spaces for setting up kitchen gardens. The best innovation ideas will be given funding. And the Singapore food agency will announce a tender for the construction of roof farms. Their mass construction will begin in May this year.
Singapore introduces "cleanliness certificates" for hotels and attractions
The Singapore authorities amid the spread of corona virus decided to introduce mandatory certification of hotels, attractions, restaurants and shops for compliance with sanitary standards, Travel and Leisure magazine reports.
“The tourism industry will change after the end of the corona virus pandemic, cleanliness and hygiene will be a priority for the tourism industry to return tourists. In this regard, Singapore has approved the SG Clean designation, which is designed to certify hotels, attractions, restaurants and shops so that travelers feel relaxed travel time, “the newspaper writes.
According to the head of the Singapore Tourism Council, China Tan, the SG Clean quality label shows travelers that the country's tourism industry is responsible for cleanliness and hygiene and strives to maintain high standards in order to make them the norm in the future.
“We hope that local residents and tourists will appreciate the innovation, will not be afraid of travel, and the tourism industry will receive support from us during this difficult time,” Travel and Leisure quotes him.
According to the magazine, in order to receive the SG Clean certificate, hotels must fulfill seven requirements, among them — checking the temperature and the presence of respiratory symptoms among employees, increasing the frequency of disinfection of common areas, as well as the appearance of the SG Clean manager on the staff.
One of the first SG Clean certified hotels was Grand Hyatt Singapore.
In the future, the Tourism Board of Singapore intends to certify several thousand enterprises involved in the tourism industry.
Corona virus has sound
Scientists recorded a vibrational wave.
Researchers from the United States were able to convert the vibrations of amino acid molecules in the causative agents of coronavirus infection into sound waves. Scientists were able to record the sound of the spike-like protein SARS-CoV-2, creating on its basis a “multilayer algorithmic composition.” The specific sound of the molecules is determined by the parameters of their vibrations. They, in turn, depend on their mass, amount of energy and a number of other parameters.
According to the head of the research, Marcus Bühler, in the resulting composition you can find soothing sounds, despite the alarming situation with the spread of corona virus.
Microsoft said that the pandemic would forever change the format of work and study
A corona virus infection will change the usual format of work and study, and return the PC market, said Microsoft 365 service head Jared Spataro (pictured).
According to him, in just one week last month, the daily audience of the Microsoft Teams communications service increased from 32 to 44 million users. And growth continues. The demand for corporate messenger, project management system, voice chats, video chats Microsoft is increasing both in the USA and Canada, and in Europe, especially in Italy and Norway.
In two weeks, Teams broke the record for the total duration of calls. 2.7 billion minutes on March 31 beat an already impressive 900 minutes a day two weeks earlier. A thousand percent increase in meetings at Teams was noted by analysts in March. Due to increased demand, the company eased the limit on the great amount of participants in the Streaming video service Stream from 10 thousand to 100 thousand people.Jared Spataro is confident that after a surge caused by the need to distance himself, work habits will change. After the total transition to remote work and study, there was a massive demand for webcams, laptops and computers. The Microsoft representative did not miss the opportunity to note the loss of popularity of the flagship product of their main competitor.
- The PC market has returned, people are beginning to realize that using an iPad to work remotely is not the best option. The PC form factor is huge, and you can track any data from the supply chain to what happens with the devices, said Spataro.
According to his forecasts, the virus will reserve an established new norm. When the PRC lifted a number of restrictions, the number of Teams users doubled every day.
- If you look at what is happening in China and Singapore, you will find yourself in a time machine. We do not see people returning to offices and everything becomes the same, ”Spataro stated.
At the same time, Microsoft announced the allocation of $ 20 million to fight against coronavirus in the framework of the established Al For Health program. With its help, scientists and NGOs in the field of healthcare, Kommersant writes, will be able to access tools for data processing, including using artificial intelligence.
Singapore restricts mass gatherings due to corona virus
The Ministry of Health has declared a prohibition on public and private assemblies.
The rule applies to families and friends who do not live together. Earlier, the decision was made by parliament.
The coronavirus control plan will last until May 4.
Singapore shipped 2100 liters of concentrated antiseptic to Indonesia
Indonesia and Singapore agree to strengthen cooperation on countering COVID-19 through the provision of disinfectants and various medical equipment.
Bilateral cooperation was implemented, in particular, by transferring assistance by the Singaporean side to the mayor of the city of Batam.
Singapore transferred 2,100 liters of disinfectant in the form of a concentrate, which will subsequently be mixed with water, so that 210,000 liters of disinfectant will be distributed to Batam residents. The facility is expected to be delivered by the Navy from the Changi Naval Base in Singapore to Batam on April 8, 2020.
The Indonesian Embassy expressed appreciation to Singapore for its help and cooperation, as well as for the support of the Ministry of Health in the treatment of Indonesian citizens in Singapore.
Another reason for the rapid spread of corona virus has been found
According to a new study, transmission of corona virus can happen 1-3 days before the start of the first signs of the disease. This makes it even more difficult to monitor the quick distribution of the virus, which currently infected 938 thousand people in the world and killed 47 thousand people. The research was conducted on the basis of data obtained in Singapore from January 23 to March 16. Of the 243 occasions of corona virus infection, 157 occurred inside Singapore, that is, they were not imported from outside. Of these 157 infections, at least 10 are asymptomatic, that is, infections that happened before the signs of the illness appeared at the source of the virus.“Data on asymptomatic transmission in Singapore, combined with data from other researches, support the theory that corona virus can spread before or without symptoms,” the authors of the study conclude from the CDC.
It is not clear how long people can wear corona virus before the onset of symptoms, but American researchers believe that in Singapore it happened 1-3 days before they appear. The spread of corona virus COVID-19 can occur in various ways, but primarily by airborne droplets.
In another study to determine the spread of the virus before the start of symptoms in its carriers, American scientists from the University of Texas, as well as from France, China and Hong Kong, participated. They studied more than 450 occasions of COVID-19 infection in 53 Chinese cities. It turned out that 10% are asymptomatic.
“The evidence suggests that this corona virus can spread like an influenza virus,” said Lauren Myers, professor of biology at the University of Texas, one of the authors of the study. “This means that we must act as quickly and as aggressively as possible to combat the threat of spread.” disease. “
Professor Myers believes that the results of her research confirm the importance of quarantine measures and self-isolation, closing schools, restricting travel and canceling crowds, and so on.
Singapore made record growth in corona virus infections
Authorities report 75 new infections per day.
“In most cases, infection occurs directly in Singapore, only six were infected while abroad,” the report said. “The total number of confirmed cases at the moment is 1,189, an increase of 75 per day,” the department said.
“To date, 297 patients have been discharged from hospitals,” the statement said. At the same time, information was received on Saturday about another victim of the corona virus, the total number of deaths reached six.
On April 3, Prime Minister Li Xian Lung made a special appeal to the people, in which he announced the introduction of additional restrictions in connection with the spread of the virus. In particular, from April 7 in the city-state all the main facilities will be closed, except for those having vital necessities. Only grocery stores, pharmacies, public transport and a number of other critical facilities will remain open.
Singapore is imposing restrictive measures through corona virus
Schools and stores will be closed in Singapore from April 6th. Until now, the country's government had refrained from imposing restrictions.
To combat the spread of the corona virus, Singapore has decided to put in place restrictive measures that it has so far resisted. Next week, schools, shops and businesses that are not systemically important will not operate in the country, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loon said on Friday evening, April 3rd. In addition, people are asked not to leave the house without urgent need.
The prime minister called the reason for these measures the recent increase in the number of infected people. These measures should “break the cycle,” he said.
Despite its proximity to China, which was initially the focus of a new disease, Singapore has so far managed to control the spread of COVID-19. The country's authorities quickly identified the first infected, closely monitored the infection chain and isolated all contact points. Schools and shops remained open for a long time.
However, in recent days there has been a marked increase in the number of cases in the country. According to Worldometers, which monitors the spread of corona virus infection, as of the morning of April 4, there were 1,114 infected cases in Singapore, killing six people.