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LONDON - The rollout of Covid-19 vaccines in England has prevented nearly 12,000 deaths and more than 30,000 hospitalisations in older people, an analysis by government agency Public Health England (PHE) said on Friday (May 14).
Britain has given two-thirds of its adult population at least one shot of Covid-19 vaccine, helping Prime Minister Boris Johnson in his efforts to reopen the economy by the summer.
Up until the end of April, the Covid-19 vaccination programme prevented 11,700 deaths in people aged 60 or over in England, PHE said. An estimated 33,000 hospitalisations of people aged 65 and above had been avoided in the same period.
The PHE figures did not cover Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland, whose devolved governments make their own policy on combatting the pandemic.
PHE also said the estimate accounted only for the direct effects of vaccines, and "clear and increasing" evidence that vaccines help reduce transmission meant the numbers of deaths and hospitalisations prevented by vaccines was likely higher.
"The vaccine has already saved so many lives and we can now see the huge impact it has had on preventing people becoming seriously ill and therefore also protecting our hospitals," said Mary Ramsay, head of immunisation at PHE.
There have been 127,640 deaths in Britain from Covid-19 - the sixth highest death toll globally, according to a Reuters analysis.
US will not immediately lift mask rules in air, public transit as Pelosi says masks still required on House floor
WASHINGTON - The Biden administration's requirements that people wear masks on US airplanes, public transport, airports and ride-hailing vehicles are not expected to be lifted anytime soon, despite an easing in the rules for mask-wearing elsewhere.
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Thursday (May 13) that it was easing its guidance for fully vaccinated people, saying they do not need to wear masks outdoors and can avoid wearing them indoors in most places.
But it said workers and travellers should still follow federal requirements to wear masks in transit and in airports and train stations.
There are no requirements that passengers get vaccinated to use transit systems and the Biden administration has opposed the idea of making vaccine passports mandatory.
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) on April 30 extended face mask requirements across US transportation networks through Sept 13 to address the spread of Covid-19. TSA says transportation system operators have reported almost 2,000 passengers for refusing to wear a face mask since requirements took effect Feb 1.
A TSA spokeswoman said Thursday "we will continue to work closely with the CDC to evaluate the need for these directives."
Airlines for America, a trade group, said US airlines "will enforce the requirement on flights as long as the federal mandate is in place." Earlier this month, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) said airlines have referred 1,300 unruly-passenger reports since February, with most related to not wearing masks, as the agency takes a tough enforcement line and issues hefty fines for noncompliance.
The FAA said Thursday its "zero-tolerance policy toward unruly passengers will remain in effect at least as long as the TSA/CDC face mask mandate is in effect."
Association of Flight Attendants-CWA International President Sara Nelson, representing nearly 50,000 flight attendants at 17 airlines, noted aircraft cabins are "an enclosed, pressurised, and increasingly crowded space as people return to the sky in fewer and smaller airplanes."
She added that "rules for aviation safety are harmonised around the world, and we must have credibility in the safety of flight if the US aviation industry is to regain access to the rest of the world and fully recover."
Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said masks will still be required for members of Congress and staff on the House floor despite the new guidance from the CDC.
Pelosi issued the mandate last year after many Republicans refused to wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic. The CDC announcement prompted some House Republicans to call on Pelosi and the Office of the Attending Physician to lift the mask rule.
She isn't easing the requirement because its not known how many House members and their staffs are vaccinated, said her spokesman, Drew Hammill.
House members were told earlier this week that they could lower their masks when speaking in the House chamber.
Separately, the attending physician, Brian Monahan, issued guidance relaxing mask and distancing requirements in House office buildings and other areas of the Capitol complex for those who have been fully vaccinated.
“You can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic,” Monahan wrote in a memo.
There was never a mask requirement in the Senate.
Minority leader Mitch McConnell quickly removed his mask after the CDC guidance saying, “free at last” as he walked out of the chamber without a mask.
In a letter to Pelosi Thursday, Representative Tim Burchett, a Tennessee Republican, demanded not only the end of the House mask mandate, but also the virus-related provision to vote by proxy and to conduct virtual hearings.
“It is important that we, as members of Congress, lead by example by returning to normal operations,” he wrote.
SINGAPORE: A 26-year-old migrant worker who suspected he had COVID-19 failed to stay at the hospital as directed, instead taking public transport to Changi Airport where he loitered for hours hoping to get a flight home.
Indian national Parthiban Balachandran pleaded guilty on Friday (May 14) to a charge each of exposing others to the risk of COVID-19 infection and leaving an isolation area without permission.
Another two charges of exposing others to the risk of infection and of using insulting words towards a health officer will be considered in sentencing.
The court heard that Parthiban stayed at Jurong Penjuru dormitory, which was among the dorms declared in April 2020 to be an isolation area.
On May 23 last year, Parthiban reported sick at the dorm, complaining of a fever and sore throat. Based on his symptoms and knowing that other dorm residents had reported positive for COVID-19, Parthiban suspected that he was infected with the virus.
He was taken to the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) by ambulance where a swab test was taken from him. He was transferred to a fever-screening area in the hospital's multi-storey car park, where staff nurses briefed him repeatedly in English and Tamil not to leave until his test results were ready, and not to go anywhere unless instructed.
He was also told not to leave so that he would not risk infecting others if he did have COVID-19.
Swab test results later showed he was a confirmed COVID-19 case.
At about 5.30pm the same day, Parthiban left the hospital without informing anyone, intending to go the airport to buy a ticket and return to India immediately.
Closed-circuit television footage showed him leaving with two bags, walking towards Kim Tian Road and crossing an overhead bridge. He walked to Yong Siak Street, where he took a bus and later flagged a cab at Lower Delta Road.
He took the taxi to Changi Airport Terminal 1, where he spoke to airport staff and tried to buy a ticket to India. He was not sold a ticket, and loitered at the airport for about four hours until the police found him and escorted him back to SGH.
The taxi driver who took him to the airport was issued a quarantine order for 14 days and could not work during this time. He tested negative for the virus.
Parthiban completed his period of isolation in the hospital on Jun 8 last year and was diagnosed to be no longer infectious. He was sent back to the dormitory and ordered to serve another 14 days' leave of absence, and was not allowed to leave the dorm.
HE LEFT THE DORMITORY FOR THE AIRPORT BEFORE TIME WAS UP AGAIN
On Jun 16, before the period was up, Parthiban packed two bags of belongings and left the dorm. He intended to leave Singapore as he knew many dorm residents had tested positive for COVID-19.
He took a cab to the airport but was told by airport staff that he could not buy a ticket. He loitered at the airport and slept there, before heading to a relative's home in Tampines the next day.
He told his relative that he had left the dorm without permission only after entering the flat. His relative called his employer and the police escorted him back to the dormitory.
In a charge taken into consideration, Parthiban also used insulting words at a Ministry of Health officer at Harbourfront Centre on Oct 14 last year. When the officer read a charge to him, he said in Tamil: "Who are you both to charge me? Are you a judge?"
Other things he said were: "What rights do you have to charge me?", "Have you read law? Or do you have proper education to charge me?".
He also said to the officer: "I have BABL (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Law). Do you have a law degree in the first place? Do you want to see my degree?"
The prosecutor is asking for the maximum six months' jail for Parthiban. Defence lawyer Cory Wong of Invictus Law, who took the case on pro bono, asked the judge to remand Parthiban at the Institute of Mental Health for psychiatric observation.
DEFENCE ASKS FOR PSYCHIATRIC OBSERVATION
He tendered a Jun 8, 2020 memo from SGH indicating that Parthiban was suffering from adjustment disorder close to the time of the offences. He said Parthiban was on medication in April this year and was admitted to IMH last month.
He said Parthiban was "limited by his financial means", explaining why no psychiatric report was obtained earlier.
"As far as we understand, the prosecution is asking for the maximum six-month jail term. Even with the COVID situation now ... we urge the court to exercise some caution and compassion, so we have all the relevant facts before we proceed with sentencing," said Mr Wong. He said the remand would be to assess if Parthiban had any mental condition at the time of the offences and if there was any link between this and the offences.
The judge initially had reservations, saying the courts usually order IMH remand only at the charging or initial stages of cases.
However, after considering further and after the prosecutor said he did not object, the judge ordered Parthiban to be remanded at IMH for psychiatric observation.
Parties will return in June for further hearings.
The maximum penalties for exposing others to the risk of infection are six months' jail, a S$10,000 fine, or both.
SINGAPORE: Twenty-four cases in the community were among 34 new COVID-19 infections reported in Singapore as of noon on Thursday (May 13), said the Ministry of Health (MOH).
Nineteen of the 24 new community cases are linked to the Changi Airport cluster. One is linked to a nurse at Sengkang General Hospital.
Four cases are currently unlinked.
The remaining 10 cases were imported and were placed on stay-home notice or isolated upon their arrival in Singapore, said MOH.
2 MAIDS AMONG 4 UNLINKED CASES
Two maids are among four unlinked COVID-19 cases in the community. One is a 43-year-old maid from Myanmar, known as Case 63127. The other is a 51-year-old maid from the Philippines, known as Case 63147.
The Filipino maid tested preliminarily positive for the B1617 variant from India and is pending confirmatory tests.
She developed a fever on May 8 and sought treatment at a clinic. On May 12, she developed a fever, cough, runny nose and headache and sought treatment at the same clinic, and was tested for COVID-19. Her test came back positive the next day.
The Myanmar maid developed body aches, a runny nose and a fever and sore throat between May 8 to May 10. She sought treatment at a clinic on May 10 and was tested for COVID-19 the next day. Her test result came back positive on May 12.
The other two unlinked cases are a 47-year-old Singaporean housewife and a 50-year-old Singaporean tutor at Learning Point.
The housewife, known as Case 63120, has also tested preliminarily positive for the B1617 variant and is pending confirmatory tests.
CHANGI AIRPORT CLUSTER GROWS
Nineteen new cases have been linked to the cluster at Changi Airport which now has 46 cases, making it Singapore’s largest active cluster.
The cases include an auxiliary police officer, aviation security officer and two engineers employed by ST Engineering.
A healthcare assistant at Raffles Medical at Changi Airport Terminal 3 Transit and retail executive at a retail store at Changi Airport Terminal 3 are also among new cases linked to the cluster.
Three more cleaners and a cleaning supervisor employed by Ramky Cleantech Services have also tested positive.
A housewife and a GoJek driver who both visited Terminal 3 have also been linked to the cluster.
Three close contacts of airport workers, including a student, a maid and person who works as a crew at a McDonald's outlet at Bedok have also caught the virus.
Eight of the 19 new cases have tested preliminarily positive for the B1617 variant from India.
STUDENT LINKED TO SENGKANG GENERAL HOSPITAL NURSE
A seven-year-old student at Yio Chu Kang Primary School who tested positive for COVID-19 on May 12 has been linked to an operating theatre nurse at Sengkang General Hospital who tested positive on May 11.
The boy is a household contact of the nurse. Both are Philippine nationals, said MOH.
READ: Yio Chu Kang Primary School to conduct home-based learning after student tests positive for COVID-19
He developed a cough and itchy throat on May 10, and vomited the next day. He sought medical treatment at a general practitioner clinic on May 11, and was tested for COVID-19.
As he had been identified as a close contact of the nurse, he was placed on quarantine on the same day. His test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on May 12.
Six of 10 imported COVID-19 cases arrived from India, MOH said.
The six include one Singaporean, two permanent residents, two student’s pass holders and one short-term visit pass holder.
"The arrivals from the Indian sub-continent had already come into Singapore before the restrictions on travel were imposed," said MOH.
The remaining four imported infections arrived from Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Japan. The case who arrived from Japan is a sea crew member who was tested onboard without disembarking.
No new infections were reported in foreign workers’ dormitories.
23 MORE PATIENTS DISCHARGED
Twenty-three more cases have been discharged from hospitals or community isolation facilities, bringing Singapore's total recoveries to 61,029.
There are 150 cases still in hospital. Most of them are stable or improving, and three are in critical condition in the intensive care unit. Another 243 are being isolated and cared for at community facilities.
As of Thursday, Singapore has reported a total of 61,453 COVID-19 cases and 31 fatalities.
FREE TESTING FOR PEOPLE WHO VISITED T3
The Health Ministry announced on Wednesday that it would offer free COVID-19 testing for people who had visited Changi Airport Terminal 3 from May 3 onwards.
"Based on further epidemiological findings, we will extend free COVID-19 testing for those who had visited Changi Airport Terminal 3 from May 1 onwards," MOH said in an update on Thursday.
All visitors to Changi Airport Terminal 1 and Jewel from May 1 onwards are also advised to monitor their health closely for 14 days from their date of visit, MOH added.
They are strongly encouraged to visit a Regional Screening Centre or Swab and Send Home Public Health Preparedness Clinic for a free COVID-19 test if they feel unwell.
Jewel Changi Airport as well as Terminals 1 and 3 will be also closed to members of the public from Thursday for 14 days.
All workers in the three buildings have been undergoing mandatory COVID-19 tests in a special testing operation that began on Sunday. Terminal 2 has been closed since May 1, 2020.
Changi Airport remains open for air travel during this period. Passengers may also continue to be dropped off and picked up from the airport.
SINGAPORE: The cluster of COVID-19 infections at Changi Airport has grown to 46 cases, after 19 new cases were added to the list on Thursday (May 13).
The new cases include three cleaners and a cleaning supervisor, a housewife who visited Terminal 3 multiple times and a GoJek driver.
Of the new cases, nine people work at Changi Airport, while six of them were household contacts of cleaners who worked at the airport.
Eight of the new cases in the cluster have tested preliminarily positive for the B1617 variant from India, the Ministry of Health said in its nightly update on COVID-19 cases.
The first of the new cases is Case 63115, a 46-year-old Malaysian man who works for SATS as an auxiliary police officer at Changi Airport.
He lives in the same household as Case 63070, a cleaner at the airport's Kopitiam food court who was confirmed to have COVID-19 on May 10.
Case 63115 was quarantined on May 11 as he was a close contact of Case 63070, and developed a fever and sore throat on the same day. He tested positive for COVID-19 on May 12.
His serology test result is negative for the N antigen, which suggests the presence of early infection. Case 63115 received his first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine on Feb 21, and the second dose on Mar 14.
Case 63117 is a 45-year-old woman from China who works at the SATS Premier Lounge at Changi Airport Terminal 3. She developed a cough, chills and runny nose on May 7, but did not seek medical treatment.
Because she was identified as a close contact of another case, she was quarantined on May 10 and tested positive the next day for COVID-19. Her serology test result is negative.
Case 63118 is a 77-year-old cleaner working for Ramky Cleantech Services at Terminal 3. She was identified as a contact of Case 62873, an 88-year-old Ramky Cleantech cleaner who tested positive on May 5, and quarantined on May 9. She is asymptomatic and was detected when she was tested on May 11, while under quarantine. Her earlier tests, with the last on Apr 30, were all negative for the infection. She has tested preliminarily positive for the B1617 variant and is pending further confirmatory tests.
Case 63119 is a 53-year-old cleaner at Abba Maintenance Services. She is the wife of Case 63097, a 62-year-old Ramky Cleantech Services cleaner who was confirmed with the infection on May 11.
She developed a sore throat on May 10 but did not seek medical treatment. She was quarantined on May 11 as she was a close contact of her husband. After she reported her symptoms to the health ministry, she was tested for COVID-19 and confirmed to have the infection on May 12. She received her first dose of the vaccine on Apr 3, and her second on Apr 24.
Case 63125 is a 57-year-old healthcare assistant at Raffles Medical at Changi Airport Terminal 3 Transit. He was detected when he was tested on May 10 as part of rostered routine testing.
He developed a runny nose that evening, but did not report this symptom. His pooled test result came back positive for COVID-19 on May 11 and he was taken to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases where he took an individual test.
The result came back positive for COVID-19 the next day. His earlier tests from rostered routine testing, with the last on May 4, were all negative for the infection.
His serology test result suggests early infection, and he has tested preliminarily positive for the B1617 variant pending further confirmatory tests. He received his first dose of the vaccine on Mar 28 and his second on Apr 25.
Case 63126 is a 39-year-old retail executive at a store in Terminal 3. He is asymptomatic and was tested on May 10 as part of rostered routine testing.
His pooled test result came back positive for COVID-19 the next day, and he was taken to NCID for an individual test on May 11, with the infection confirmed the next day.
His earlier tests, the last on Apr 13, were all negative. He received his first dose of the vaccine on Jan 21 and his second on Feb 14.
Case 63128 is a 49-year-old Malaysian cleaner who works for Ramky Cleantech Services at Terminal 3. He had been quarantined on May 10 as he was a contact of Case 63072, a Ramky Cleantech Services premises maintenance officer who was confirmed to have the infection on May 10.
Case 63128 was tested on May 11 and developed a cough but did not report this. His infection was confirmed the next day and his previous tests were negative, with the last on May 1. He has tested preliminarily positive for the B1617 variant.
Case 63129 is a 33-year-old Malaysian man, a cleaning supervisor at Terminal 3 working for Ramky Cleantech Services. He was quarantined on May 10 as he was a contact of Case 63072, and was tested on May 11.
He developed a cough and blocked nose on May 12 but did not report his symptoms. His test result came back positive that same day. His earlier tests, the last on Apr 30, were all negative for the infection.
He has tested preliminarily positive for the B1617 variant and received his first vaccine dose on Jan 22 and the second on Feb 14.
Case 63132 is a 29-year-old engineer at ST Engineering who is a household contact of Case 63026. He was quarantined on May 9 and tested on May 11. He is asymptomatic and his test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection on 12 May. His serology test result is negative.
Case 63135 is a 44-year-old Indonesian maid who was quarantined on May 10 as she is a contact of Case 63059. She developed a fever a day later and was tested for COVID-19 when she reported her symptom. Her test result came back positive on May 12.
Case 63136 is a 52-year-old woman who works as a crew member at the McDonald's outlet at 744 Bedok Reservoir Road. She is a household contact of Case 63100, a Ramky Cleantech Services cleaner who was confirmed with the infection on May 11.
She developed a sore throat on May 8 but did not seek medical treatment. As she had been identified as a close contact of Case 63100, she was placed on quarantine on 11 May. She informed MOH of her symptom and was tested for COVID-19 on 11 May during quarantine, with confirmation of the infection the following day. She has tested preliminarily positive for the B1617 variant, and is pending further confirmatory tests.
Case 63138 is a 20-year-old Temasek Polytechnic student who had been on home-based learning since May 7. He is also a household contact of Case 63100, a Ramky Cleantech Services cleaner.
He developed a headache and cough on May 11 but did not seek medical treatment. As he had been identified as a close contact of Case 63100, he was placed on quarantine on May 11 and confirmed to have the virus on May 12. He has tested preliminarily positive for the B1617 variant.
Case 63139 is a 44-year-old housewife who visited Changi Airport Terminal 3 on numerous occasions. She developed a sore throat on May 8 and sought medical treatment at a general practitioner's clinic the next day. She was tested for COVID-19 infection on May 10, and her result came back positive two days later. Her serology test result is pending.
Case 63140 is a 63-year-old Certis Cisco aviation security officer at Changi Airport Terminal 3. He developed a runny nose on May 10 and sought medical treatment at a clinic the next day where he was tested for COVID-19.
His test result came back positive on May 12. His earlier tests from rostered routine testing – the last being on May 3 – were all negative for COVID-19 infection. His serological test result is pending. Case 63140 received his first dose of the vaccine on Jan 14 January, and the second on Feb 4.
Case 63141 is a 40-year-old software engineer at ST Engineering. He developed a sore throat on May 9, a headache on May 10 and a runny nose on May 11. He sought medical treatment at a clinic on May 11 and was tested for COVID-19. His test result came back positive the next day. Case 63141 received his first dose of the vaccine on 5 Feb, and the second dose on Feb 26.
Case 63146 is a 44-year-old private-hire car driver with GoJek. He visited Changi Airport Terminal 3 on May 6 and developed a fever and cough four days later. He sought treatment at a GP clinic on the same day and was tested for COVID-19, with the result coming back positive on May 12. He has tested preliminarily positive for the B1617 variant, and is pending further confirmatory tests.
Case 63148 is a 24-year-old student at an overseas university who had been on home-based learning in Singapore. She is a household contact of Case 63059, a 63-year-old Ramky Cleantech Services cleaner who was confirmed to have the infection on May 10.
As Case 63148 had been identified as a close contact, she was placed on quarantine on May 10. She developed a fever and runny nose on May 12 and was tested for COVID-19 after reporting her symptoms. Her test result came back positive for COVID-19 infection the next day.
Case 63149 is an 80-year-old cleaner working for Ramky Cleantech Services at Changi Airport Terminal 3. As she had been identified as a contact of Case 62873, the 88-year-old Ramky Cleantech Services cleaner who was confirmed with COVID-19 on May 5, she was placed on quarantine on May 10.
She is asymptomatic, and was detected when she was tested on May 12. Her test result came back positive for COVID-19 the next day.
Case 63150 is a 58-year-old administrative worker at SBY Frozen Food Supply. She is a family member of Case 63055, a Certis Cisco aviation security officer at Changi Airport Terminal 3, and 63074, an administrative worker at SBY Frozen Food Supply. Cases 63055 and 63074 tested positive for COVID-19 on May 10.
Case 63150 was quarantined on May 10 and tested on May 12. Her COVID-19 infection was confirmed on May 13, and she is asymptomatic but has tested preliminarily positive for the B1617 variant. She received her first dose of the vaccine on Apr 3 and the second on Apr 24.
A total of 46 cases have now been linked to the cluster since an 88-year-old man who works as a cleaner at Terminal 3 tested positive on May 5.
JEWEL CHANGI AIRPORT, TERMINALS 1 AND 3 CLOSED TO PUBLIC UNTIL MAY 27
Amid a spike in the number of cases linked to the airport, the Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) and Changi Airport Group (CAG) have closed Jewel Changi Airport as well as Terminals 1 and 3 to members of the public from Thursday.
“Access to the passenger terminal buildings will be restricted to only passengers with air tickets and essential airport workers," said the authorities.
Members of the public will not be allowed to enter the passenger terminal buildings or Jewel Changi Airport for the next 14 days, until May 27.
All workers in Terminals 1 and 3, as well as Jewel Changi Airport, have been undergoing mandatory COVID-19 tests in a special testing operation that began on Sunday. Terminal 2 has been closed since May 1, 2020.
FREE TESTING FOR PEOPLE WHO VISITED T3
On Wednesday, MOH said it will offer free testing for members of the public who had visited Terminal 3 from May 3 onwards.
On Thursday, MOH said it will extend the free testing to those who visited Terminal 3 from May 1 onwards.
"MOH will progressively inform these individuals via SMS notification with information on how to book an appointment for their test," it added.
All visitors to Terminal 1 and Jewel from May 1 onwards are also advised to monitor their health closely for 14 days from their date of visit.
"They are strongly encouraged to visit a regional screening centre or Swab and Send Home Public Health Preparedness Clinic for a free COVID-19 test if they feel unwell," added MOH.
As of Thursday, Singapore has reported a total of 61,453 COVID-19 cases and 31 fatalities.
SINGAPORE - Two more people - a 62-year-old man and a 41-year-old woman - have been charged in connection with the case of a 19-year-old teenager who was found dead in a Clementi flat on May 5.
The following day, the brother of the victim, Huang Bocan, 29, was charged with one count of voluntarily causing grievous hurt to Ms Huang Baoying.
Lim Peng Tiong, 62 and Chee Mei Wan, 41, each face one count of the same offence.
All three of those charged had allegedly used a wooden pole to hit Ms Huang at around 11pm on May 4.
In an earlier statement, police said that they were alerted to the case at around 6.30am on May 5.
Officers arrived at the flat and found the victim lying motionless inside. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Huang is currently remanded at Central Police Division and his case has been adjourned to May 12.
Lim and Chee are also in remand and are expected to return to court on May 19.
SINGAPORE - An outpouring of support in the last two weeks has seen the Singapore Red Cross (SRC) raise over $3.2 million to help India in its Covid-19 fight.
The public appeal on April 28 saw organisations and individuals contributing towards SRC's efforts to secure much-needed equipment including oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders and ventilators as well as hygiene and medical kits.
Mr Benjamin William, chief executive and secretary-general of the SRC, said on Wednesday (May 12): "Over the past two weeks, we have seen an outpouring of support from individuals and organisations, for which we are grateful.
"With the number of cases in India increasing day by day, the needs on the ground are growing in tandem, and so are the resources required to support affected and at-risk communities."
SRC had already sent 1,300 oxygen cylinders, three ISO cryogenic tanks and five ventilators to India.
SRC is working with the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) to distribute them to health institutions in seven states most affected by the pandemic - Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.
"Further shipments, comprising over four million surgical masks, 1.5 million N95 masks, 2,000 oxygen concentrators, 1,200 oxygen cylinders and 150 ventilators, are expected to arrive over the coming weeks," added SRC in a statement.
Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Mr Williams highlighted some challenges it faced in procuring and distributing the items.
He noted that the surge in global demand for oxygen concentrators, oxygen cylinders and ventilators has resulted in a shortage of medical supplies for immediate delivery.
Many airlines have also cut down flights to India. While shipping capacity exists, it takes longer for supplies to reach their destination, he said.
Custom regulations and last-mile distribution are another challenge.
He said: "Covid-19 is a curve ball and we cannot employ the same modus operandi. We need to trust partners on the ground to ensure the last mile distribution reaches the most vulnerable."
He added that SRC is leveraging on its regional networks and partnerships to secure the supplies and to get them where they are most needed.
"The operations are a reflection of our Singapore Inc approach to this response - where teamwork, resourcefulness and effectiveness take centrestage," said Mr Williams.
Representatives from the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Pan Indian Institutes of Management (Pan IIM) and Pan Indian Institutes of Technology (IIT) were present at the event held at the Red Cross House.
Other mobilisation partners include The Indus Entrepreneurs and Little India Shopkeepers Association.
Mr Suresh Shankar, president of Pan IIM Alumni, said: "It is not just about the money but the number of lives we can save.
"Money is an enabler, but to save lives, it is critical to order quality equipment, ship them fast and ensure that the supply reaches the hospitals where it is needed."
Mr Ashish Verma, treasurer of IIT Alumni Association of Singapore, said: "A lot of people (in India) have lost their friends, colleagues and close family members. We are in a protected and safe country like Singapore, so there is a moral responsibility to help since we are in a position to do so."
How to donate?
Online donation can be made through this link.
For cheque donations, make the cheque payable to "Singapore Red Cross Society", and post to Red Cross House, 15 Penang Lane, Singapore 238486. Leave your name, postal address and indicate "India COVID19 Response" at the back of your cheque.
Alternatively, you can PayNow to UEN S86CC0370EFR2. Please indicate "India COVID19 Response" under Bill Reference.
Internet banking (DBS/POSB only)
Select "Pay" >Go to "Pay Bills" >Click "Add Billing Organization not in my pre-arranged list" >Select "SINGAPORE RED CROSS (DONATION)" >Key in the amount you would like to donate and your details >Input "India COVID-19 Response" under Bill Reference.
Select "Transfer Money" >Go to "One-Time Transfer" >Click "To other bank" >Key in "SINGAPORE RED CROSS" >Select "HSBC (Corporate)" >Enter account no. "142038546002" >Key in the amount you would like to donate> Input " India COVID-19 Response" under Comments.
If you're a Revolut Singapore customer, you can make a one-off donation or round up your spare change and have it automatically donated, via the Donations feature in-app.
SRC's fund-raising appeal ends on June 28.
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SINGAPORE - The issue of migrant workers being ferried in lorries resurfaced in Parliament on Tuesday (May 11), with four MPs suggesting various solutions to improve safety and urging the Government to prioritise lives over economic costs.
They did so during a debate on proposed changes to the Road Traffic Act (RTA) that were unrelated to the safety of workers on lorries, a day after Senior Minister of State for Transport Amy Khor responded to MPs on the issue.
Nominated MP Shahira Abdullah asked if the Government could relook how the Singapore Armed Forces has been transporting soldiers and look at adapting the changes made by the SAF for migrant workers.
She said: "I am cognisant that changes may incur more financial costs to the construction industry. But how do you determine the value of human lives?"
She also called for greater regulation, enforcement and penalties for errant goods vehicles and companies, especially for speeding.
On Monday, Dr Khor had said the Government will review the matter. But she noted that proposals such as installing seat belts on lorries and using vans were studied by a work group more than a decade ago and continue to have operational constraints.
Using vans could create driver fatigue as more trips would be needed made to move workers from one site to another, she said.
Meanwhile, retrofitting seat belts on lorries will not work because lorry designs are not suited for this, and rear deck floorboards may not be strong enough to keep seat belts anchored in a crash.
On this point, Dr Shahira argued the fact that lorries are not built to withstand the forces needed to hold the seat belts reinforces the point that they are not safe for carrying people. Workers may also fall sleep while being transported and may not be able to react, she said.
Progress Singapore Party Non-Constituency MP Hazel Poa proposed repealing an exemption in the RTA allowing for workers to be transported using goods vehicles, and instead mandating that workers be transported only in vehicles with passenger seats.
Ms Poa and Ms He Ting Ru (Sengkang GRC) suggested tapping under-utilised tour buses.
Mr Melvin Yong (Radin Mas) reiterated proposals he made over the weekend, including exempting buses used to transport workers from needing a Certificate of Entitlement.
Responding, Dr Khor said the Government shared these concerns, but cannot ignore the fact that injury and fatality rates involving people on board lorries have come down over the last decade after various measures were implemented.
She revealed that in the first four months of the year, the Land Transport Authority issued 227 notices of offences arising from transporting workers in goods vehicles, including lorries.
Dr Khor did not specify what the breaches were, or to whom the notices were issued, but used the figures to illustrate the stepped up enforcement to ensure the safety of lorry drivers and passengers.
She added that besides cost considerations, any additional measures have wider ramifications, including on livelihoods for both local and migrant workers.
"While it is clearly not just about costs, to argue as though cost does not matter at all is not practical and does not gel with reality," Dr Khor said.
"What we have been striving to do is to preserve the safety of workers and, at the same time, ensure they can continue to have their jobs - and for the migrant workers, this is the very reason why they are here."
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