Singapore will start vaccinating all school children beginning this June, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Monday. The city-state recently tightened the restrictions to control the spread of COVID-19 after months of reporting minimal COVID-19 cases. In a televised address on Monday, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that school students aged 12 and above could start getting vaccinated from June.
According to the prime minister, “In this latest outbreak, we have seen more cases of children getting infected, in schools and tuition centers. The children were not seriously ill, but their parents are naturally worried. Therefore, we will take advantage of the June holidays to vaccinate students. The city’s more than 400,000 students can start booking vaccinations from Tuesday, with the first slots available Thursday.”
Singaporean students can start booking their vaccine slots from June 1 onward, prioritizing those appearing for national examinations. Health regulators in Singapore had approved the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for 12 to 15-year-olds in May 2020.
The vaccination for 12-18-year olds can enable schools worldwide to reopen and relax the restrictions.
12 killed, over 100 injured in gas explosion
At least 12 people were killed and more than 100 others injured after a gas explosion tore through a residential community in central China on Sunday, official media reported.
The blast took place at about 6:30 am local time in the Zhangwan district of Shiyan city in Hubei province, trapping a large number of people.
The explosion left 12 people dead. Authorities have rescued nearly 150 people from the area, including 39 with serious injuries, and rushed them to hospitals, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
Images and video footages circulating on social media platform Weibo show showed rescue workers working through the wreckage of flattened houses.
The exact number of casualties is still being verified as the search and rescue is underway, the report said.
Huge Internet Outage, Some Of World’s Biggest Sites Go Down
Multiple websites operated by news outlets including the Financial Times, the New York Times,CNN and Bloomberg News were down across the globe on Tuesday.
Preliminary reports suggest a technical glitch in a private CDN (Content Delivery Network) causing outage, more details awaited. Affected websites displayed the message: “Error 503 Service Unavailable”. Initial reports suggest that the outage could be related to Fastly, a cloud computing service provider.
Here is a list of websites that are currently down due to an outage:
– UK Govt website
– New York Times
– The Guardian
– Financial Times
Separately, Amazon.com Inc’s retail website also seemed to face an outage. Amazon was not immediately available to comment. Britain’s Guardian newspaper said its website and app were being affected by a wider internet outage on Tuesday.
Fastly said it was investigating “the potential impact to performance with our CDN services,” according to its website.
Most of Fastly’s coverage areas were facing “Degraded Performance”, the website showed.
Separately, Amazon.com Inc’s retail website also seemed to be down. Amazon was not immediately available to comment.
Nearly 21,000 Reddit users reported issues with the social media platform, while more than 2,000 users reported problems with Amazon, according to outage monitoring website Downdetector.com.
Amazon’s Twitch was also experiencing an outage, according to Downdetector’s website.
The issue affecting the sites was not immediately clear.
China reports first human case of bird flu strain H10N3 in world
China has reported the world’s first case of human infection with the H10N3 strain of bird flu from the country’s eastern Jiangsu province, China’s National Health Commission said on Tuesday.
The patient, a 41-year-old man from Zhenjiang city, is currently in a stable condition and meets discharge standards, the state-run CGTN TV reported.
Chinese health authorities played down the birdflu outbreak, saying the case was a sporadic virus transmission from poultry to humans, and the risk of causing a pandemic was extremely low.
The patient was diagnosed as having the H10N3 avian influenza virus on May 28, National Health Commission said in a statement without elaborating on how the man had got infected with the virus.
No other cases of human infection with H10N3 have previously been reported globally, it said. H10N3 is a low pathogenic or relatively less severe strain of the virus in poultry and the risk of it spreading on a large scale is very low.
There are many different strains of avian influenza in China and some sporadically infect people, generally those working with poultry.
What is H5N8? The bird flu strain which infected humans for the first time
H5N8 is a subtype of the Influenza A virus (also known as the bird flu virus). While H5N8 only presents a low risk to humans, it is highly lethal to wild birds and poultry.
In April, a highly pathogenic H5N6 avian flu was found in wild birds in northeast China’s Shenyang city.
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