In a letter sent to all 63 cities and provinces Monday, the ministry stated the pandemic situation has grown more complex in many countries, especially with the appearance of the mutated strain Omicron, or B.1.1.529 Covid variant, first sequenced in South Africa and designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a top Variant of Concern (VOC). The WHO stated last week the variant had been detected in at least 38 countries and territories. Though it is not yet confirmed if Omicron would cause more severe Covid-19 conditions, it has been said the strain is more transmissible compared to Delta and previous strains as it carries many mutations, said Tran Dac Phu, a senior advisor at the Public Health Emergency Operations Center under the ministry. Therefore, it is necessary to stay alert because the highly contagious strain could overload the nation's healthcare system, he said. The ministry requested localities to keep strengthening Covid-19 prevention and control measures, … [Read more...] about Omicron risk ‘very high’: Health Ministry
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The airy, light blue was chosen because it perfectly captures the optimism and desire for a fresh start Bright Skies reflects the limitless skies, giving people the space to redefine the role of homes, nature, and arts in life. As described by AkzoNobel’s experts at the company’s Global Aesthetic Centre who research global trends, insights, and consumer behaviour, Bright Skies was chosen because it perfectly captures the optimism and desire for a fresh start. The 19 th Colour of the Year was also recognised for its flexibility, especially after a spell of feeling shut in and at a time when people are navigating hybrid workspaces and adapting to new conditions of travel. The 19 th Colour of the Year was also recognised for its flexibility, especially after a spell of feeling shut in and at a time when people are navigating hybrid workspaces and adapting to new conditions of travel. “As consumers look to express themselves and transform their spaces, our aim … [Read more...] about AkzoNobel brings a breath of fresh air to homes with Colour of the Year 2022
Asia was the first to experience the virus, the first to exit lockdown, and now has new spikes. Asia was the first place to experience the coronavirus, impose lockdowns and then emerge from them. It was also the first to experience new groups of infections, with clusters from nightclubs in Seoul, the Russia-China border, and elsewhere. Although it is early for conclusions, can lessons be learned? 1. Wave, spike or cluster - it's unavoidable Terms such as second wave, spikes or clusters of cases are bandied around, but what do they mean? Medically, a second wave refers to the resurgence of infection in a different part of a population after an initial decrease. The WHO says past pandemics have been characterised by "waves of activity spread over months". In Asia, we have been seeing isolated clusters and regional spikes in infection numbers. and it is hard to predict how they will develop. But for Jennifer Rohn, a cell biologist at University College, London, a second … [Read more...] about Coronavirus ‘second wave’: What lessons can we learn from Asia?
Rescuers inspect a house covered by volcanic ash from the Mount Semeru eruption (Photo: https://www.thenationalnews.com/) Jakarta (VNA) – Semeru volcano in Indonesia was active again on December 6 after two days a powerful eruption killed at least 22 people and left 27 missing, forcing rescue rs to suspend their search and rescue activities. Aerial images show streets covered with volcanic ash and mud. Rescuers have still tried to dig through layers of mud to find survivors and bodies but their work became more and more difficult when mud layers began to cool and dry. Local officials advised locals not to travel within 5km of the volcano’s crater, as the nearby air is highly polluted and could affect vulnerable groups. Ash from Semeru travelled up to 4km away after the eruption on December 4, Indonesia’s geological agency reported. The Indonesian Red Cross has mobilised ambulances, medical crews and other emergency services to affected areas. Semeru, more … [Read more...] about Indonesia: Semeru volcano erupts again, hindering rescue work