UK Strain confirmed in community case


 

Daily Dose: UK Strain confirmed in community case

The UK strain is confirmed in Singapore. This was rather surprising given that the perception was that we had an airtight procedure that is meant to curb imported cases. However, recent lapses like the suspected Mandarin Hotel local transmission, as well as positive cases from those post SHN, seem to suggest that there are leaks in the system.

While the UK strain is said to be more infectious, there is a lack of studies to say it is more potent. We just have to continue to keep our chin up and be vigilant. While we may not be the fastest nation to be vaccinated, we are not undergoing lockdowns either. So while a country like Israel has the highest vaccination rate, they are undergoing their 3rd lockdowns with at least 3400 deaths from Covid19. 

Even if we are vaccinated, we should not be eager to open the floodgates until the younger population is assured of protection too.


1) 31 New Covid19 cases

  • 29 Imported 
  • 2 Community

Another 2 community cases, both unlinked. What is more astonishing is that one of them, a 24-year-old Korea national who works at Azur Crowne Plaza Changi Airport has been tested positive for the B117 strain. This strain is the infamous UK strain that is more infectious. With this confirmation, it would seem that our measures had been breached. It is time to relook into tightening the measures.


The there cases was a Filipino who arrived from the Philippines on 4 Dec. He was tested negative on Dec 14 (10 days since arrival). However, he was tested positive o 5 January. There are a few possibilities that can be inferred from this. First, the overseas test results may not be reliable. Second, the incubation period may be longer than expected. Third, he had caught the virus from the community while in Singapore. Given the number of cases in Singapore, the second scenario seems the most probable.

Source: MOH

https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/2-new-cases-of-locally-transmitted-covid-19-infection-6Jan-update

2) NUS had 71 complaints of sexual misconduct involving students in the past 5 years. 

Frankly, I am not surprised by this. During my time at NUS, even though it was decades ago, there were unreported incidents about molestation. The 2 years hiatus in NS seem to enhance rather than curb those raging hormones. Using higher education or potential in studies as defences should not be entertain. 

Source:  ST

https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parenting-education/nus-had-71-complaints-of-sexual-misconduct-involving-students-in-past

3) List of places visited by Covid19 infectious cases gets longer

It includes food centres in Jurong West and restaurants across Singapore.

  • Goodspeed Cyber Cafe at 710A Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8 on Dec 23 between 3.55pm and 5.40pm, on Dec 30 between 8.30pm and 11.55pm, on Jan 3 between 4.50pm and 8.50pm, and on Jan 5 from 12.55pm to 3.35pm
  • Marche Movenpick restaurant at 313@Somerset mall on Dec 23 between 8pm and 9pm
  • Jurong West 505 Market & Food Centre at 505 Jurong West Street 52 on Dec 24 between 8.30am and 9.30am, on Dec 26 between 8.30am and 9.30am, and on Dec 27 between 8.30am and 9.30am
  • Yuhua Market & Hawker Centre at 347 Jurong East Avenue 1 on Dec 24 between 10am and 11am, on Dec 26 between 10am and 11am, and on Dec 27 between 10am and 11am
  • Apple Marina Bay Sands outlet on Dec 24 between 6.10pm and 6.50pm
  • Dallas Cafe & Bar at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands on Dec 24 between 6.50pm and 7.45pm
  • Cold Storage supermarket and Spotlight homeware store at Plaza Singapura mall on Dec 29 between 4.45pm and 8.05pm
  • The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at Junction 8 mall on Dec 29 between 9.40pm and 11pm
  • Food Paradise@NTU Canteen 2 on Dec 30 between 6.30pm and 8.30pm
  • Jinjja Chicken outlet at Northpoint City mall on Dec 30 between 7.10pm and 8pm
  • A|X Armani Exchange at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands on Dec 31 between 4pm and 4.35pm
  • Beanstro at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands on Dec 31 between 5.15pm and 6.35pm
  • H&M at United Square Shopping Mall on Dec 31 between 7.45pm and 8.45pm
  • Tiong Bahru Bakery at 56 Eng Hoon Street on Jan 1 between 12.30pm and 1.20pm
  • Ya Kun Kaya Toast at People’s Park Centre on Jan 1 between 2.20pm and 3pm
  • Botany at 86 Robertson Quay on Jan 1 between 6.20pm and 7.40pm
  • Xcape Singapore – Real Escape Rooms at 161 Rochor Road on Jan 1 between 6.55pm and 7.55pm
  • Tonkotsu Kazan Ramen at Northpoint City on Jan 1 between 8.25pm and 9.05pm
  • Min Jiang (lobby) at Goodwood Park Hotel on Jan 1 between 8.35pm and 10.35pm
  • Suki-Ya restaurant at Bugis+ mall on Jan 1 between 8.30pm and 10.05pm
  • Khakabo cyber cafe at Burlington Square on Jan 2 between 12.35pm and 3.40pm
  • Wild Honey restaurant at Mandarin Gallery on Jan 2 between 4.15pm and 6.05pm
  • Sin Manbok eatery at 81 Tanjong Pagar Road on Jan 2 between 5.25pm and 7pm
  • Zara store at Ngee Ann City mall on Jan 2 between 6.30pm and 7.35pm
  • Gokul Vegetarian Restaurant at 19 Upper Dickson Road on Jan 2 between 8.50pm and 10.10pm

Source: Today

 https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/food-centres-jurong-west-and-yuhua-restaurants-across-singapore-among-25-places-visited4

4) Jailed, driving ban for man who sped while looking for a toilet, sparking police chase

I know the feeling of having tummyache while on the road. But to speed at 180km/h and driving against traffic are even worse than having a soiled pant, especially with police on the tail. He could have stopped and explained and police may clear the way for him!

Source: Today

https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/jail-driving-ban-man-who-sped-while-looking-toilet-sparking-police-chase


5) Star Wars Identities: The exhibition will be in town



From Jan 30, you can see over 200 costumes, props and artwork used in the Original Star Wars Trilogy and Star Wars movies all the way to the New Hope. A a must-see for star wars fans

Source: TWD

https://www.thewackyduo.com/2021/01/star-wars-identities-exhibition-is.html


6) McDonald's Happy Meal toys refresh today



This one is for parents with kids who love a Happy Meal. Transformers and My Little Pony series will be this month's happy meal toys.

Source: TWD

https://www.thewackyduo.com/2021/01/mcdonalds-happy-meal-toys-january-2021.html














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