Pointing to flu, S’pore plans to live with ‘endemic’ COVID Jun 25, 2021 0 409 12345 dpaBangkokSingapore’s government on Thursday said it should be possible “to live normally” with Covid-19, which it expects to become “endemic” like influenza. The three ministers responsible for the government’s coronavirus response announced “a broad plan” to “turn the pandemic into something much less threatening.” Pointing to the example of influenza, Trade Minister Gan Kim Yong, Finance Minister Lawrence Wong and Health Minister Ong Ye Kung said that “we can work towards a similar outcome for Covid-19.” “People live with it,” they said, writing in The Straits Times newspaper. “They carry on with their daily activities even during the flu season, taking simple precautions or getting an annual flu jab.” The ministers hope to have two-thirds of Singapore’s 5.7 million people fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by August 9, Singapore’s national holiday, and to provide large-scale testing that would enable events to be staged and travel to resume.“We need to make Covid-19 testing fast and easy,” they said, citing the development by local scientists of one-minute breathalysers.“We cannot rely only on the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test, which can be uncomfortable and takes many hours to produce results,” the ministers added. Singapore’s Health Ministry on Thursday reported 23 new coronavirus cases, taking the total to almost 62,500, most of which were recorded last year. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Taiwan’s president vows to support Hong Kong after newspaper closes Jun 25, 2021 0 420 Hundreds of graves found at Canadian residential school Jun 25, 2021 0 46 Building collapse kills at least one in Florida Jun 25, 2021 0 58 Merkel maintains opposition to patent waivers for COVID vaccines dpa Berlin German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke out strongly on Thursday against suspending patent protection for coronavirus vaccine manufacturers, in what is likely to be her last government statement to .. Delta strain spreading in California as battle enters uncertain phase dpa Los Angeles The Delta variant of the coronavirus is beginning to spread in California, offering a preview of how the battle of the pandemic is going to change as officials move to protect a shrinking minority who remain .. COVID cases occurred far earlier than first recorded dpa Beijing The first cases of Covid-19 likely occurred in China between early October and mid-November 2019, according to new data modelling that suggests the virus spread around the world far more quickly than was .. Johnson says Britain has a ‘national struggle with obesity’ dpa London Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Britian has a “national struggle with obesity” as the government announced heavier online restrictions and a 9 pm television watershed for junk food ads. Restrictions will ..