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Japan Sells Covid-19 PCR Test Kits Using Vending Machines

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The Japanese have never seemed to fail us with their creativity and mind-blowing innovation. This time, they have found a genius way to sell Covid-19 PCR test kits conveniently to people in Tokyo.

According to a report, you can now purchase a Covid-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test kit from a vending machine in one of Tokyo’s neighborhoods. The machine is located on the grounds of Jyomyoin Temple, in Taito Ward, an “off-the-beaten-track” Buddhist temple from 1666.

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Each of the PCR test kits from the vending machine would cost 3,500 yen (RM136.50) and is also sensitive in identifying active infections, which is why the kit is known to many as the “gold standard” for Covid-19 testings.

The machine is user-friendly and it does not take much effort to get yourself a test kit. Just simply put in your cash, hit the button and then you have yourself a Covid-19 test kit.

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The test kit from the vending machine comes in a small box that is securely sealed. The kit is made for the convenience of users to test themselves at home. It is said that the process only takes five minutes of your time. The kit helps users to collect, pack, and submit a saliva sample, which is then tested for Covid-19.

Each kit comes with an instruction manual, plastic bags, and apparatus to collect a saliva sample. The entire test-at-home process reportedly took just five minutes. Thereafter, you can mail in your packaged sample using a provided envelope, after filling in your contact details.

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The saliva sample is sent to a processing lab, with results promised within 24 hours.

Sources: Sora News.

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(Video) Lucky Them! These States Lifted Up Most Covid-19 Restrictions After Achieving Vaccination Milestones

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California and also New York are the two states that imposed strict COVID-19 measures throughout the pandemic and also were among the hardest hit have recently lifted most restrictions on the 15th of June to much fanfare. They had lifted virtually all coronavirus restrictions on businesses and social gatherings as both states hit milestones in vaccinating their residents.

Most states have lifted all or most of their COVID-19 restrictions, with remaining measures typically involving mask use for unvaccinated residents. Among those states that haven’t yet, Washington is set to lift all restrictions by the 30th of June and Maryland and Michigan by the 1st of July. New Mexico is set to end restrictions by the 1st of July.

@newyorkbucketlistNew York has lifted all COVID restrictions! Thank you to all of our heroes ❤️ Shot on a @flynyon 🚁 tonight by Bucket Listers

♬ Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down – Alicia Keys

In New York, where 70 percent of adults have received at least one dose of the vaccine, the order from Governor Andrew Cuomo means that restaurants will no longer be forced to space tables 6 feet apart, movie theatres will be allowed to pack their auditoriums without spacing seats apart and entrance to commercial buildings would not require a temperature check.

In California, the most populous state and the first to implement a stay-at-home order, that meant the end of a county-level, color-coded system that guided capacity limits and other mitigation measures. Venues, restaurants, and bars can now operate at 100% capacity, indoors and out.

Even with the restrictions lifted, California and New York residents should still expect to see some signs of pandemic life. Both states will still abide by mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has advised that unvaccinated people should wear masks indoors and maintain social distancing.

Sources: New York Times, TikTok New York Bucket List.

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(Video) KKM Now Dabbles In TikTok To Share Health Info

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TikTok is undeniably one of the most used social media platforms by many people in this whole wide world nowadays. This is because this particular well-known platform is so user-friendly and also any news easily goes viral for everyone. Recently, the Ministry of Health Malaysia (KKM) also has decided to dabble in using TikTok for beneficial purposes.

Other than Facebook and also Instagram, the Ministry of Health Malaysia has set up its own TikTok account. In the TikTok social media platform, the Ministry of Health Malaysia has shared a lot of information about health with all of its followers. The platform also shares the latest developments on COVID-19 here in Malaysia.

@kkmputrajayaRahsia dan khasiat pegaga yang perlu anda tahu. ##HealthCheck ##gayahidupsihat ##healthyfood♬ She Share Story – Shayne Orok

A lot of netizens online supported and praised this amazing effort that was done by the Ministry of Health Malaysia. Hopefully, with this particular effort, many people all over Malaysia could get the correct information on health and also the current news regarding the COVID-19 situation.

@kkmputrajayaAnda mengalami haid tidak teratur? Mungkin ini puncanya. ##HealthCheck ##gayahidupsihat ##healthylifestyle

♬ Enjoying – Sandce

Sources: TikTok Ministry of Health Malaysia.

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Parents Seek Help For 11-Month-Old Baby With Heart Disease

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IPOH, June 15  — It has been a struggle for survival for a married couple here, who currently has no source of income due to the implementation of the Movement Control Order (MCO).

Julia Mohd Ali, 34, who suffers from spinal cord disease, said she used to work as a security guard, but was forced to quit her job in last March as her health deteriorated.

The mother of five said life gets hard for her family after her husband Mohamad Syamrezlan Misak, 22, a contract labourer, could not go to work due to the implementation of the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO) in Manjoi, from June 6 to 19.

To make matters worse for the couple, they have to take care of their two children who have health conditions and require help as well as treatment.

“I have four children from my previous marriage. Three of them live with my ex-husband, while my eldest son Nor Aiman ​​Fitri, 16, who has Dyslexia and learning disabilities is currently under my care,” she said when met by Bernama at his rented house in Kampung Tengku Hussein, Manjoi.

Julia said her child from the current marriage, Raisha Aleeya, 11 months, was diagnosed with clogged arteries three months ago.

“Every six weeks, I have to take my baby who also suffers from epilepsy to the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital for examination. She is also scheduled to undergo a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan this August,” she said.

Despite the hardship, Julia said she was very grateful for the concern demonstrated by a non-governmental organisation which has agreed to help her in paying the house rental which costs her RM300 a month for three months.

Meanwhile, Kinta district Social Welfare officer Shamsudin Osman said the Social Welfare Department (JKM) would look at the suitable assistance that could be channelled to the family.

“We will visit them to provide the food box aid. We will provide the necessary assistance to the family accoding to their needs,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

Sources: BERNAMA

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