The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics has dampened the hopes of Indonesia's Mohammad Ahsan and Hendra Setiawan of becoming the sport's oldest gold medallists, but the pair is determined to stay in shape by restructuring their training programme.
Uncooperative patients, long hours and a lack of protective equipment are hampering health care workers across the world as they take the fight to the coronavirus, leading many to fall sick themselves. In Malaysia, a pregnant woman who did not disclose that her father was infected tested positive after giving birth, leading to the shutdown of the entire hospital for cleaning. In the Philippines, nine doctors have died, two of whom had dealt with a patient who lied about her travel history. In Spain, where more than 5,400 health care workers have been infected, accounting for about 14 per cent of the country's patients, there are no longer enough workers to care for patients. In Italy, which has more than 69,000 patients, the virus killed a doctor who had no choice but to work without gloves. In the United States, which has surpassed China to become the world's most infected nation with more than 83,000 people testing positive for Covid-19, hospitals are being overrun with patients.
If you are looking to pick up a Nintendo Switch to beat the quarantine blues in light of Covid-19, you may want to brace yourself for disappointment. Global stock for the official, US$300 (S$430) console has become impossibly low, even on the usual platforms of Amazon, Best Buy, and eBay. In a statement to GameSpot, Nintendo acknowledged the situation, and expressed that the supply will be renewed in the near future, «Nintendo Switch hardware is selling out at various retail locations in the US, but more systems are on the way. We apologise for any inconvenience.» Of course, there are ways to go about the problem, but they do not come cheap. Third-party sellers are selling the Switch at ridiculously premium prices, with the cheapest on Amazon being US$439 (standard two-week shipping) and US$480 (immediate shipping).
Patients visiting hospitals, polyclinics and most national speciality centres under SingHealth will receive digital medical certificates (MCs) instead of hard-copy versions from tomorrow. The new DigiMC system developed by the Government Technology Agency (GovTech) will also be used at private institutions such as Raffles Medical and Mount Alvernia Hospital. «Digital MCs offer patients greater convenience, streamlines clinical and administrative workflows and is environmentally-friendly,» said Dr Goh Min Liong, SingHealth's group chief medical informatics officer. Raffles Medical launched a DigiMC pilot this month and aims to roll the system out fully by June, barring delays arising from the coronavirus situation, a spokesman told The Straits Times. Mount Alvernia also plans to roll the system out in a few months. But the system will not be implemented at the National Neuroscience Institute, which is also under SingHealth, by tomorrow, ST understands. This is because it is located at the Tan Tock Seng Hospital campus under the National Healthcare Group (NHG), another public healthcare cluster.
Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Sunday flouted his government's social distancing guidelines against the spread of the coronavirus by mixing with supporters on the streets of Brasilia and urging them to keep the economy going.
Mainland China reported 31 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, including one locally transmitted infection, the country's National Health Commission said, dropping from 45 cases a day earlier.
SINGAPORE - It could take several years for the coronavirus to go around the world and run its course unless something happens to abort that process, says Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, adding that the world will have to brace itself for a long battle ahead. In an interview on Sunday (March 29) with CNN's Fareed Zakaria about Singapore's much-lauded response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Mr Lee said he hesitates to call the Republic a «success story». In response to the suggestion that Singapore has contained the virus outbreak, he said: «I hesitate to talk about success because we are right in the midst of a battle, which is intensifying.» He does not see the pandemic going away in a couple of months and expects it to spread to other parts of the world such as India, Africa, South-east Asia and Latin America. «By the time it goes around the world, and then finally runs its course, I think that is several years, unless something happens to abort that process.» Mr Fareed also asked about the role of the United States in the pandemic, noting that President Donald Trump did not seem interested in taking the lead.
For an eternity, time stood still. No matter how often he checked the clock on the opposite wall, its hands never moved. Worse, he could not lift his own. To prevent him from pulling out the tubes in his nose, mouth and hands in his delirium, Mr Raymond Koh was tied down to his hospital bed. That week in March, when he lay seriously ill with Covid-19, was the scariest of his life, he told The Straits Times. A day after the 47-year-old bank IT manager found out on March 10 that he had been infected with the coronavirus, his oxygen levels started to drop. X-rays showed patches in his lungs. His temperature was fluctuating. Doctors at Sengkang General Hospital told the father of a teenager he would be taken to the intensive care unit (ICU) immediately. «My mind went totally blank,» recalled Mr Koh. «I was nervous and fearful. I thought to myself, it's only when a person is in critical condition that he has to go to ICU. »What will happen to me? Will I see my wife again?" He feared the worst, as his own father had become critically ill and died in intensive care eight years ago.
SINGAPORE - A new cluster involving three people at a bridal salon in Yishun Industrial Street, The Wedding Brocade, was identified on Sunday (March 29), as the Ministry of Health (MOH) announced 42 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in Singapore. There are now 844 cases in Singapore. Among the new cases, 24 are imported and 18 are local cases who have no recent travel history abroad. The 24 imported cases had travel history to Europe, North America, the Middle East, Asean and other parts of Asia. Singapore also reported its third coronavirus death on Sunday. Mr Chung Ah Lay, 70, who was Case 109, died from complications due to Covid-19 infection at 12.12pm on Sunday. He had a history of hypertension and high cholesterol, and had no recent travel history to affected countries and regions.
Alex Marquez celebrated a first MotoGP win - even if only virtually - in a '#StayAtHomeGP' esports race featuring 10 top riders including older brother and six-time world champion Marc.
Four years after being inspired by watching compatriot Justin Rose claim gold at the Rio Olympics, Bronte Law had all but secured a spot on the British golf team before the 2020 Tokyo Games were postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Spain's coronavirus death toll rose by 838 cases overnight to 6,528 the health ministry said on Sunday, marking the highest daily rise in fatalities.
Malaysia reported 150 new coronavirus cases on Sunday, taking the total to 2,470, the highest in Southeast Asia.
With professional soccer at a virtual standstill around the globe, fans in need of their weekly fix are turning to the Belarusian Premier League to fill the void as it carries on with matches despite the coronavirus outbreak.
SINGAPORE - A 70-year-old Singaporean man died on Sunday (March 29) from complications due to Covid-19 infection, at 12.12pm, said the Ministry of Health. He had no recent travel history to affected countries and regions. He was admitted to Singapore General Hospital (SGH) on Feb 29, and was confirmed to have Covid-19 infection on March 2. He had been cared for in the intensive care unit (ICU) since then. He developed serious complications and eventually succumbed to the infection after 27 days in the ICU. He had a history of hypertension and hyperlipidaemia. SGH has reached out to his family and is extending assistance to them, said the MOH. ALSO READ: 70 new coronavirus patients in Singapore, of which 41 are imported cases
As hospitals face an overload of COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe, innovative medical staff are turning to snorkelling masks from sports stores to stop their lungs collapsing.
SINGAPORE - The Singapore Police Force said on Saturday (March 28) that two of its officers have tested positive for Covid-19. Both officers are from different units, and neither had been involved in Covid-19 related operations. The first officer, who is Case 709, tested positive on Thursday and had not been on active duties since March 2 as he was undergoing training at his unit. On Monday, he sought treatment at a clinic for fever, and was given one day's medical leave. He rested at home on Tuesday and returned for training on Wednesday morning, but left for home when he started feeling unwell again in the afternoon. He sought treatment at a polyclinic on Thursday and subsequently tested positive for the coronavirus, which causes the Covid-19 disease. The officer is currently being treated at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. The second officer, who is Case 731, sought treatment at a clinic on March 21 for fever, and was given medical leave until Tuesday. On that day, he sought further medical treatment as he had not recovered, and was given another three days of medical leave.
SINGAPORE - Mr Hugh Mason realised on Monday (March 23) that he had lost his sense of smell. «My wife was peeling an orange and I thought, that's weird, I can't smell it ,» the 53-year-old told The Straits Times on Saturday. Mr Mason, an adjunct associate professor at the National University of Singapore's Faculty of Engineering, said that he had read reports online that Covid-19 could be associated with a loss of smell in certain cases. So he consulted his doctor, who sent him to be tested for the coronavirus on Thursday. Mr Mason then returned home and self-isolated while waiting for the results. The next day, he received a call asking him to return for further tests. These came back positive and he was warded for Covid-19 at SGH on Friday. Mr Mason said that he had already come down with a cold around March 10 that had turned into fever by March 22. His 50-year-old wife also tested positive for the virus on Saturday and is isolated at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases. Their 13-year-old son is currently self-isolating at home with the family's domestic helper.
SINGAPORE - The passport of a Singaporean man has been cancelled for flouting stay-home notice rules, in the first such action taken by authorities against a citizen. The Immigration and Checkpoints Authority on Sunday (March 29) said that Mr Goh Illya Victor, 53, travelled from Singapore to Batam, Indonesia, on March 3. About two weeks later, on March 19, he returned to Singapore via Tanah Merah Ferry Terminal and was served with the notice upon entry. But he went back to Indonesia that same day, despite the stay-home notice and warnings from ICA officers that he would breach the notice and could face penalties. Those under the notice are not allowed to leave their homes for 14 days, or they can face a fine of up to $10,000, be jailed for up to six months, or both. On March 24, he returned to Singapore through the Singapore Cruise Centre and was issued a second notice. ICA said Mr Goh displayed «irresponsible conduct» for not complying with the first SHN and then returning to Singapore on Thursday.
Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Saturday said his government will comply with a public consultation to halt the construction of U.S. brewer Constellation Brands Inc's more than US$1 billion brewery project in the border city of Mexicali.