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Prime Minister Boris Johnson says not less than one affected person has died with omicron

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street to attend Prime Minister’s Questions at the House of Parliament on July 7, 2021 in London, England. Chris J. Ratcliffe | Getty Images News | Getty Images LONDON – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday that at least one patient infected with the new Omicron […]

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Transport minister Iswaran on journey lanes (VTL)

Singapore is expected to open “vaccinated itineraries” with more countries – but that doesn’t mean the country is taking significantly higher risks, Transport Minister S. Iswaran told CNBC on Monday. The city-state announced this last week more lanes are being introduced for vaccinated travelers South Korea, Canada, Denmark, France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, UK and USA […]

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Singapore Finance Minister Lawrence Wong on air journey, Covid outbreak

SINGAPORE – Singapore Treasury Secretary Lawrence Wong said “open and free” air travel in Asia remains unlikely in the short term as parts of the region struggle with spikes in Covid-19 infections. “I’m a little less confident about the prospect for air travel,” said Wong Martin Soong as part of the virtual CNBC Evolve Global […]

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Malaysia lockdown pressures authorities funds, says minister

People wearing face masks walk in front of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on January 29, 2021. Xinhua News Agency | Getty Images Malaysia’s public finances will be “severely constrained” as a surge in Covid-19 infections has forced the country into lockdown again, Minister of International Trade and Industry Mohamed Azmin Ali […]

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Prime Minister on checks, tracing and vaccination

Lee Hsien Loong, Singapore’s Prime Minister. Facebook Facebook Logo Log in to Facebook to connect with Roslan Rahman AFP | Getty Images SINGAPORE – Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said Monday that the country’s Covid restrictions could be eased after June 13 if the situation improves. “Aside from another super-spreader or large cluster, we […]

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Singapore faces ‘twin challenges’ from local weather change, says minister

SINGAPORE – Singapore faces two challenges from climate change and is pursuing a new coastal protection plan to preserve the island’s most vulnerable coastlines, the country’s environment minister said. “Our dual challenges are coastal flooding … (and) extreme rainstorms, which can lead to more intense inland flooding. So we need a system that will help […]

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Indonesia will take not less than a 12 months to achieve Covid ‘herd immunity’: Minister

Pedestrians walk past a mural depicting Indonesia’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic in Jakarta on August 16, 2020. Feature China | Barcroft Media via Getty Images SINGAPORE – Indonesia will take at least a year for a sufficient portion of its population to be immune to Covid-19, the country’s finance minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati told […]