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Monkeypox isolation facility opening soon
I almost got the cops called on me after sleeping till 2pm (told you I write Tide at hospitable hours).
The PCR testing people were not amused at me crawling out of bed only when they almost knocked the door down.
Anyway, out of jail in a few hours!
On Today’s Tide
COVID & Politics |
Government officials told to give one COVID front
Singapore is ‘lying flat’ says Ko Wing-Man
Dr Ho says ‘scrap compulsory testing’
Weather | The air still wants to kill you
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COVID & Economy |
Sai Kung Recreation Camp becomes Monkeypox isolation campe; restaurant loses $100,000 without compensation
‘Worst day of last year better than best of this year’ - Brands Expo
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One people, one COVID
Insiders on the government’s COVID-19 Expert Advisory Panel have been warned against speaking out against the official government line of dynamic zero, said an SCMP article quoting anonymous government insiders.
This comes after Former health minister Ko Wing-Man, now a member of ExCo, said last Sunday that public figures should avoid creating conflicting statements which could confuse the public.
The current Panel, which first convened in July are
Professor David Hui
Professor Ivan Hung
Professor Lau Chak-sing
Professor Lau Yu-lung
Professor Gabriel Leung
Professor Yuen Kwok-yung
Although the government sticks to reducing infection numbers at all costs, many other countries have moved towards endemicity. Over summer, two of the advisors Professors Yuen and Hung authored a peer reviewed article saying that we should have a policy shift towards loosening COVID regulations.
However, Health Sec Lo Chung-Mau and Professor Ko disagreed with the suggestion.
The government’s current policy is to reduce numbers to ensure death rates don’t go up, and to protect the hospitals from becoming overwhelmed with COVID cases, but balance it with allowing freedom to live relatively normally.
To this end, the government recently stopped requiring arrivals at the airport from requiring their temperature taken.
I did however have to measure my temperature as soon as I got to my quarantine hotel half an hour later anyway….
Singapore needs to stand up
Professor Ko also made a statement saying that Singapore’s ‘hybrid immunity’ and move towards endemicity is ‘lying flat’ - meaning that they’re not doing anything to protect the Singaporean population from catching and dying of COVID.
Ko’s primary reason for disagreeing with Yuen and Hung’s suggestion is that COVID remains unstable, and a new variant could soon pop up with more infectivity. He said we should avoid “painting a rosy picture” of the pandemic which may lead to lower vax rates.
Current statistics show Singapore has having (as of Sunday 11th)
New cases: 1440
Total cases: 1,859,937
New deaths: 0
Total deaths: 1602
While Hong Kong has (as of yesterday 12th)
New cases: 7772
Total cases: 1,659,912
New deaths: 11
Total deaths: 9810
I’m aware that these are raw numbers, I’ll go do the ratio numbers later.
Cut the CUTs: Prof. Ho
Professor Ho Pak-Leung, who is not a member of the Panel said yesterday (probably without full panel consultation) that the government should get rid of Compulsory Testing Orders after finding multiple cases in residential buildings or viral samples in the sewers.
Ho argued that as the government now allows home quarantine for positive cases (subject to strict criteria), there is bound to be viral remains in sewage and some level of horizontal and verticle transmission.
“If you on the one hand accept this policy but on the other hand continue to issue compulsory testing notices, the policies are contradictory to each other” said Ho, “the policies have to be logical”
Pollution remains very bad
In a slightly rare continued warning, the HKO said that yesterday’s pollution levels reached ‘Serious’ level, and that the dry spell and heightened levels of pollution will now likely remain till the 18th.
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