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Singapore on ‘knife’s edge’ amid COVID-19 flare-up



Singapore is in the grips of its worst COVID-19 flare-up in months, prompting the co-chair of its coronavirus task-force to warn the city state is on a “knife’s edge”.

Lawrence Wong believes the number of community cases could go “either way over the next few weeks”.

Mr Wong, who is also the Education Minister, says “we have a chance of getting things under control by the end of the month”.


Singapore recently tightened its restrictions, reducing the number of people allowed to gather, while also extending the quarantine period from 14 to 21 days for most inbound travellers.

Hannah Clapham is an Assistant Professor at NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health in Singapore.

The epidemiologist says it was a “prudent decision” to introduce these kinds of measures.

“I have been very impressed from the beginning of the commitment and determination to contact tracing that has gone on in Singapore,” Ms Clapham told Ticker News.

The infectious diseases expert says Singapore has a “really impressive” contact tracing and isolation program that swings into action when there is an uptick in cases.


Ten new community cases were recorded in Singapore on Wednesday, including seven that are linked to a cluster at Changi Airport.

A number of the cases in this cluster are breakthrough infections, meaning the patient contracted the virus despite being fully vaccinated.

“So when we look at the numbers, when we see a lot of infections in vaccinated people, we have to remember that a lot of people have been vaccinated because we were worried about their risk of transmission,” Hannah Clapham told Ticker.

She says it is “really reassuring” that “we have seen much milder cases in vaccinated individuals”.


Four dead in Russian military plane crash



Four people have been killed after a Russian military plane suffered an engine malfunction

The plane reportedly crashed in the city of Ryazan, which is located southeast of Moscow.

It’s believed five others are also injured. However, it is unclear how many were on board.

The Ilyushin IL-76 military cargo plane is a long-range aircraft, which can reportedly carry over 100 troops.

An Ilyushin IL-76 aircraft, which is similar to the one involved in the incident.

Local authorities say the plane suffered a malfunction while on a training flight.

Russia’s Defence Minister is yet to give any further details on the crash, or about the victims.

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Double election defeat for UK Conservatives



British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservatives have suffered defeat in two parliamentary by-elections

UK Conservatives have lost two crucial seats in England, which could spark concerns about Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s future.

The centrist Liberal Democrat party won the seats of Tiverton and Honiton.

The seats are in a Conservative part of south-west England, where a majority of 24,000 has been overturned.

The Liberal Democrats say it is their biggest ever majority turn around at a parliamentary by election.

“Tonight, the people of Tiverton and Honiton have spoken for Britain. They’ve sent a loud and clear message: It’s time for Boris Johnson to go, and go now.”

winning candidate Richard Foord

The losses have renewed calls for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to resign after a police investigation into gatherings at his Downing Street offices.

Johnson recently survived a vote of no-confidence, which secured his term as Prime Minister for another 12 months.

It also follows the Conservatives winning a landslide majority in three decades during the last national election.

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Protestors disrupt Chinese ambassador’s speech in Sydney



Protesters are causing disruptions during an address by China’s Ambassador to Australia

Xiao Qian is in Sydney, where is he speaking about how to improve ties between the two countries.

One protester described Mr Xiao as a “representative of a dictatorship” and accused the Chinese Government of committing genocide against Uyghur Muslims.

Others were heard shouting “Free Tibet”, and another was asked to leave the venue prior to the event because he was dressed in a military costume.

The speech was widely seen as an attempt to ease relations between the two countries.

China has put trade sanctions on Australia, while a recent encounter took place between a Chinese fighter jet and an Australian maritime aircraft over the South China Sea.

Security guards reportedly ushered the protesters.

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