Thailand to lift Covid-19 emergency as virus declared not dangerous

BANGKOK – Thailand will end a nationwide state of emergency declared in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak after the Southeast Asian nation downgraded the virus from a “dangerous” communicable disease to one that only requires surveillance. The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration on Friday agreed to let a state decree enforcing the emergency to […]

No room for complacency: Inquirer

MANILA (PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER) – The World Health Organisation (WHO) last week declared a global health emergency on monkeypox, as confirmed cases totalled at least 20,300 in some 70 countries. The announcement was designed to trigger a coordinated international response and unlock funding on vaccines and treatments. So far, the Philippines has recorded only one […]

What foot-and-mouth disease threat could mean for Australia’s beef supply

SYDNEY (BLOOMBERG) – Australia is on high alert for foot-and-mouth disease in its cattle herds after traces of the virus were found on imported animal products. The disease is already ripping through Indonesia, and is creeping ever closer to paddocks Down Under, where an outbreak could spell disaster for the livestock industry, the economy and […]

Shanghai Covid-19 cases jump to highest since May, fuelling lockdown fears

BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) – Shanghai reported the most virus infections since late May, fuelling concerns China’s financial hub may look to ramp up restrictions to curb transmission. The city announced 54 local Covid-19 infections for Wednesday (July 6), including two that were found outside of quarantine, with the latter raising concerns that the virus could be […]

Hokkaido University and NEC conclude an agreement for developing spatial sensing to combat the spread of illness

TOKYO, Jun 28, 2022 – (JCN Newswire via – Hokkaido University and NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) have concluded a collaborative agreement to promote the realization of a “safe and secure society through spatial sensing”(1) that helps to prevent the spread of illness. In recent years, COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on people’s lives […]

China slashes Covid-19 quarantine for overseas arrivals in biggest shift so far

BEIJING (BLOOMBERG) – China eased its Covid-19 quarantine regime, cutting in half the time new arrivals must spend in isolation in what is the biggest shift yet in its pandemic policy.  Travellers to the country must spend seven days in centralised quarantine, then closely monitor their health for another three days at home, according to a […]