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Japan Eases Entry Restrictions For Medium, Long-term Staying Foreigners

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TOKYO, Oct 1 — Japan eased entry restrictions into the country on Thursday for foreigners around the world put in place to combat the spread of COVID-19, although entry is still being refused for tourists, reported Xinhua news agency.

Those such as foreign medical professionals, teachers and others who are qualified for medium or long-term stays for three months or longer will be allowed entry, the government said, with those traveling for business purposes for less than three months also being eligible.

Eligible travelers will have to test negative for COVID-19 before entering and upon arrival in Japan, their sponsors, such as companies or organisations which support them, will be expected to ensure their self-isolation for 14 days, during which time they will not be allowed to use public transport.

The government had said it would consider permitting 1,000 foreigners into the country per day, mainly to accommodate those who intend to stay for three months or longer, while looking to increase the cap in the months ahead.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga told a recent meeting of the government’s task force on the COVID-19 response that “to revitalise the economy, it is indispensable to resume international travel.”

“We will start relaxing entry restrictions by looking at the situation of infections in each country and also considering the degree of need for travel,” economic revitalisation minister Yasutoshi Nishimura, who is also in charge of the response to the coronavirus, said recently.

Currently, people from 159 countries and territories are denied entry to the country, but Japan has steadily been easing its entry restrictions.

Foreigners with Japanese resident status who had been overseas have recently been allowed to re-enter the county, while expatriates and other long-term residents from some Asian countries have also been granted access to the country.

These include those from Vietnam, Thailand and seven other economies with which reciprocal agreements have been made.

The government has, more recently, made similar reciprocal agreements with Singapore and Brunei.

Japan’s top two carriers, meanwhile, have and will also resume some routes between Japan and the Chinese mainland following eased restrictions by the Chinese authorities.

Up until recently, All Nippon Airways Co. and Japan Airlines Co. have been permitted to operate one route each between the countries.

Japan Airlines Co. has been allowed to fly between Narita airport near Tokyo and an airport in Dalian in northeast China’s Liaoning province.

All Nippon Airways Co., meanwhile, has been permitted to operate a limited service between Narita and Shanghai.

From Wednesday, however, All Nippon Airways Co.’s service was expanded to include Qingdao in east China’s Shandong province and Guangzhou in south China’s Guangdong province, while Japan Airlines Co. will resume flights to Guangzhou from Oct. 2, the carriers said.

The eased restrictions will be a boon for business people as numerous Japanese firms operate in China which is Japan’s largest trading partner.

Source: BERNAMA

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COVID-19 Developments Remain Complicated In Regional Countries

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HANOI, May 6  — The COVID-19 development in several countries in the ASEAN region remain complicated, Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

In Laos, the Health Ministry had confirmed 46 new COVID-19 cases on May 5, mostly in Vientiane and Bokeo province with 19 and 15 cases, respectively.

From May 4, the Lao government decided to apply lockdown for additional 15 days until May 20.

So far, Laos has discovered 1,072 COVID-19 cases, including 99 recoveries and no death.

Meanwhile in Thailand, the pandemic is still developing complicatedly with 2,112 new cases confirmed on May 5 and 15 deaths, raising the total cases to 74,000 cases, with 318 deaths.

Bangkok is still a hot spot of COVID-19 with 789 cases, VNA reported.

In Indonesia, 155,000 soldiers and policemen will be deployed within the framework of Operation Ketupat Jaya 2021 from May 6 to 17 to minimise the spreading of COVID-19 during the Muslims Eid al-Fitr holidays from May 13 to 14.

Some 4,276 personnel will be stationed in the capital city and its adjoining areas. The Jakarta Police will deploy these personnel at 14 isolation points and 17 check points.

The Operation Ketupat Jaya 2021 is being conducted to block access to and from Jabodetabek, to maintain security, and to monitor the implementation of health protocols to stem the transmission of the coronavirus disease before, during, and after Eid al-Fitr, among others.

Meanwhile, spokesperson for the COVID-19 Handling Task Force Wiku Adisasmito armed that all forms of homecoming activities, including the local homecoming, are banned during Ramadan and Eid al-Fitr to lower the rate of COVID-19 infection.

At the same time, Malaysia’s capital city of Kuala Lumpur will re-apply movement control order (MCO) from May 7. This will be the third time the city is placed in MCO to control the COVID-19 pandemic.

Malaysian Defence Minister Ismail Sabri Yaakob said that the order is given after 17 new clusters were recorded.
The order will be applied until May 20. Food premises, such as restaurants, food trucks, hawkers and kiosks, are allowed to operate from 6am to midnight only. Dine-ins are not allowed and food served are for delivery and takeaways only.

Malaysia on May 5 logged 3,744 new cases in the last 24 hours to bring the total to 424,376. There were 17 more deaths, bringing the total fatalities to 1,591.

The MCO was applied for the first time on March 18, 2020 and the second time on January 13, 2021.

The same day, Executive Secretary of the Philippine Presidential Office Salvador Medialdea said that the Southeast Asian country will ban tourists from Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh from May 7 to 14 as part of efforts to prevent the entry of SARS-CoV-2 variants found in India.

Travellers coming directly from those countries, or with a history of travel to any of them within the last 14 days, would be barred from entering, he said.

Earlier, the Philippines banned travellers from India from April 29 to May 14.

On May 5, the country confirmed 5,685 new COVID-19 cases and 178 deaths, raising the count to more than 1 million with 17,800 deaths.

In Cambodia, VNA reported that Prime Minister Hun Sen had on May 5 ordered to vaccinate more than 52,000 people in all areas in the red zones of Phnom Penh with COVID-19 vaccines, with the administration of the rst dose to be completed soon and the second dose to commence once the stipulated time frame has been
reached.

To date, more than 1.5 million people have been vaccinated with either Sinopharm, Sinovac or Covishield (AstraZenacca vaccines) since February 10.

The same day, the Cambodian Ministry of Health confirmed 672 new cases, raising the total cases to 16,971, including 110 deaths.

Source: BERNAMA

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(Video) Mumbai Teacher Drives Auto-Rickshaw, Carries Covid-19 Patients For Free

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India is now facing the worst threat of Covid with the death toll rapidly increasing and their oxygen supply thinning. As a result, many good samaritans are helping those in need. A man in Mumbai helps by providing a rickshaw service from hospital to home and visa versa for free.

“I drop off Covid patients to Care Centres and hospitals for free, and also bring discharged patients to their respective homes,” he added.

Dattatraya Swant, a teacher drives the auto-rickshaw by himself and provides free rides to Covid patients. He still makes sure to use precautions like wearing a PPE kit, sanitization, and others. Mr. Sawant teaches English at Dnyansagar Vidya Mandir School.

“For this, I personally take all precautionary measures. At present, the number of corona patients is increasing rapidly. Many of them are dying due to untimely treatment. In such a situation, whether the poor patients get government help in time or not, private ambulances are not affordable. And often public vehicles do not provide services to Covid patients. In such cases, my free service will be available to the patients,” he said in an interview.

As the number of coronavirus patients soars, his volunteer is highly appreciated by all.

Source: India.com, NDTV

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World Asthma Day: Unveiling 5 Asthma Myths That You Shouldn’t Believe

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Today we commemorate world asthma day. Asthma has become a serious health problem in many countries regardless of the economic condition of the country. Asthma is a chronic disease of the respiratory tract characterized by narrowing of the airways, inflammation, and increased airway response to various stimuli that cause shortness of breath or difficulty breathing.

Other symptoms that can arise include chest pain, coughing, and wheezing that can be felt by patients who come to the pulmonologist. In diagnosing asthma, the doctor will do it comprehensively starting from recording the symptoms experienced and a physical examination. Investigations also need to be done to determine what therapy will be given.

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These are 5 myths about asthma that you should not believe:

1) Asthma is a disease that occurs only in childhood and will heal itself as the patient ages.

Asthma symptoms can appear at any age. When symptoms appear and the child is under 5 years of age, doctors cannot make a definite diagnosis of asthma. Usually, the doctor’s diagnosis is ‘possibly asthma’. Because to definitely diagnose asthma, a spirometry examination is needed. Spirometry is a method of evaluating lung function where the doctor will ask the patient to breathe with this device. You will see how much air enters and leaves the lungs. So that evaluation by spirometry is usually done in patients over 12 years of age to get a diagnosis of asthma. So, this first myth is not true.

2) Asthma can heal or go away on its own

Asthma is often thought of as a childhood disease that goes away with age. It is true that asthma often occurs in children. Asthma attacks are also more common in children. Even so, asthma doesn’t really go away. Research shows that asthma symptoms can change or become less frequent over time, but the condition persists. The condition in question is airway hyperactivity which can lead to chronic constriction and inflammation. Asthma can also occur in adults who never experienced symptoms as a child, usually as a result of prolonged or continuous exposure to asthma triggers.

3) It is not safe for people with asthma to exercise

Excessive, high-intensity exercise is a common asthma trigger, so it’s no surprise that many people believe that it is not safe to exercise or exercise if you have asthma. But asthma is no excuse for not living a healthy lifestyle. In fact, by exercising with the appropriate intensity, and the patient using controlled therapy recommended by his lung doctor according to the dosage and in the right way, then the inflammatory process that is the basis of this asthma can be controlled. So that patients can carry out their daily activities, even exercise properly without interruption, and can also help reduce the incidence of asthma attacks. Exercises to improve lung health, such as swimming, light walking to jogging were also found to be associated with improved quality of life and fewer asthma symptoms.

4) Masks are not safe for people with asthma

You may have heard that masks cause a dangerous build-up of carbon dioxide (CO2) which you end up breathing in. This is not true, the CO2 particles are so small that they easily pass through masks and even special protective masks like N95. Research has also proven that the use of masks does not reduce oxygen saturation in the blood. In fact, all people with lung disease are advised to wear a mask. Using a mask may indeed feel uncomfortable, but wearing a mask in conjunction with social distancing and maintaining cleanliness can protect yourself and others from contracting infectious diseases that can trigger asthma attacks.

5) Inhaled steroids used to treat asthma are dangerous

Steroids are one of the gold standard treatments that have been recognized globally for treating asthma. But steroids have gotten a bad reputation because many people speculate that inhaled corticosteroids can stunt children’s growth or become addicted. Many also think that the steroids used for the management of asthma are the same as the anabolic steroids used to build muscle. In fact, the steroids used for the management of asthma are corticosteroids which are actually similar to the hormones produced by the body. The corticosteroid that is routinely used is also an inhaled corticosteroid, which is an inhalation method so that it directly targets the airway, the dose is very small compared to the dose of oral medicine so that it does not pass through the digestive tract or enter the blood vessels. This inhaled corticosteroid works to suppress inflammation that occurs in asthma. The use of inhaled corticosteroids also of course must be under the close supervision of a doctor.

Sources: Pendidikan Pesakit

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