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Roundup: Indonesia, Malaysia, S. Korea See Record Daily COVID-19 Cases, Philippines To Impose New Travel Ban



HONG KONG, July 15  — Several Asia-Pacific countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, South Korea reported record daily cases in the latest developments of the COVID-19 pandemic on Wednesday, according to Xinhua.

The Philippines will ban all travellers from Indonesia from July 16 to July 31 to prevent the spread of the highly infectious coronavirus Delta variant, presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said on Wednesday.

Indonesia recorded 54,517 newly-confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, marking the highest daily spike and bringing the total tally to 2,670,046, the Health Ministry said. The COVID-19-related death toll rose by 991 new deaths, bringing the total number to 69,210.

Malaysia reported 11,618 new COVID-19 infections in the highest daily spike since the outbreak, bringing the national total to 867,567, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday, including 26 imported and 11,592 local transmissions.

South Korea’s daily COVID-19 cases broke the record as the resurgence was caused by cluster infections in the Seoul metropolitan area, the health authorities said. In the latest tally, the country reported 1,615 more cases of COVID-19 for the past 24 hours, lifting the total number of infections to 171,911.

The Philippines’ Department of Health (DOH) reported 3,806 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the Southeast Asian country to 1,485,457. The death toll climbed to 26,232 after 140 more patients died from the viral disease, the DOH said.

Pakistan confirmed 1,980 new COVID-19 cases over the last 24 hours, the National Command and Operation Centre (NCOC) said.

The NCOC, a department leading Pakistan’s campaign against the pandemic, said that the country’s number of overall cases rose to 978,847, including 915,343 recoveries.

New Zealand’s frontline border workers who are required to be regularly tested for COVID-19 will soon be able to choose regular saliva testing as a full replacement for nasopharyngeal testing, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said.

New Zealand reported four new cases of COVID-19 related to recent returnees in managed isolation facilities and no cases in the community.

The total number of people crossing New Zealand’s border continued to pick up in May 2021 with the opening of two-way quarantine-free travel with Australia, New Zealand’s statistics department Stats NZ said.

Tokyo reported 1,149 new COVID-19 infection cases, topping the 1,000-case line for the first time since May 13, with 1,822 new cases nationwide.

The seven-day average number of new infections through Wednesday is 823.3, up 30.3 percent from a week ago, compared with 631.7 a week earlier. The figure is up 229 from the previous week, logging a week-on-week surge for a 25th straight day.

A cruise ship returned to Singapore after a COVID-19 case was found on board, reported Xinhua, quoting the Straits Times report.

The newspaper quoted Annie Chang, Singapore Tourism Board’s director of the cruise, as saying that a 40-year-old passenger was identified as the close contact of a previously confirmed case, and was immediately isolated as part of onboard health protocols.

India’s COVID-19 tally rose to 30,946,074 as 38,792 new cases were registered during the past 24 hours across the country, according to the federal health ministry’s latest data. Besides, 624 more deaths were recorded since Tuesday morning, taking the death toll to 411,408.

Australia’s state of New South Wales (NSW) announced to extend the lockdown on the Greater Sydney and surrounding areas for at least another two weeks until 11.59 pm July 30.

The decision came after the state recorded 97 locally acquired cases in the past 24 hours to 8.00 pm Tuesday night, out of 65,000 tests conducted overnight.

Sources: BERNAMA


Kleptomania, A Disorder That Make Us Want To Steal!



Have you ever come across anyone who steals things for no reason? It is not like they want to steal it but they just can’t fight the urges they have. That my friend is a disorder called Kleptomania.

Kleptomania is a disorder characterized by an uncontrollable desire to steal. People will steal things that they don’t need, can’t afford to buy, or have little to no monetary value. Individuals with kleptomania have anxiety that is alleviated by stealing.

So how do you know if you or someone else has kleptomania?

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Kleptomania is defined as a persistent inability to resist the temptation to steal, according to the DSM-5 diagnostic criteria set by the American Psychiatric Association. People with this syndrome feel a buildup of anxiety and tension before committing a theft, followed by a release of anxiety and tension after the theft. Stealing gives you a sense of accomplishment, comfort, and even pleasure.

It’s vital to remember that kleptomania isn’t about stealing for personal gain. People with this disease do not steal things for monetary gain or because they lust after the goods they take. These thefts are also unrelated to a lack of financial means to purchase the products in question. The artefacts themselves may have little or no monetary value in many circumstances.

The key symptoms are:

  • A repeated failure to resist the impulse to steal
  • Stealing items of no value or that one does not need
  • Feelings of relief or pleasure during the theft
  • Stealing is not due to feelings of anger, vengeance, hallucinations/delusions, a conduct disorder, antisocial personality disorder or a manic episode

The Myths

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Kleptomaniacs have a greater rate of depression and anxiety disorders, as well as co-occurring substance addiction. While little is known about what causes kleptomania, eliminating popular kleptomania myths can help you understand the disorder better. Here are 3 myths about kleptomania.

1.Kleptomaniac can control their urges 

Kleptomania is classified as an impulse control disease by medical authorities. Impulse control disorders are defined as situations in which a person can’t control urges that could harm them or others. The temptation to steal is strong and uncontrollable in those with kleptomania. Even though people with kleptomania are well aware of the dangers of stealing, they must steal to satisfy their cravings. Individuals with problem gambling, like those with other impulse control problems, may try but fail to stop. Kleptomania can be treated using a variety of methods, including medication and psychotherapy.

2. They only take valueable items

People with kleptomania steal goods not for their value, but to satisfy their lust for stealing, according to the diagnostic criteria. Many times, people steal things they don’t need or want, only to hide them and never see them again. People who are suffering from kleptomania or shoplifting should seek medical help. Kleptomania, like any addiction, can be successfully treated even if people are afraid or embarrassed. It should be highlighted that medical experts will not disclose their kleptomaniac patients’ stealing behaviour, therefore fear of being caught by law authorities should not deter a kleptomaniac from getting treatment.

3. They steal because they can’t afford

If someone steals something just because it’s valuable, they’re not likely to be diagnosed with kleptomania, but they could be labelled shoplifters. Kleptomaniacs may, in rare situations, return stolen objects to their original owners or give them as gifts to others. Shoplifting and kleptomania are commonly mistaken, although they can be distinguished by whether the theft was premeditated or unintentional.

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Now let’s move into how to treat this funny disorder. There are two common ways to treat this disorder. Firstly, meditation where SSRIs, as well as other antidepressants, have been demonstrated to be beneficial in treating the symptoms of kleptomania and can be used in conjunction with cognitive-behavioral therapy. Secondly, psychotherapy

In conclusion, kleptomania is a serious psychiatric disorder that can have a significant impact on a person’s ability to function and live. Not only may the disease cause severe distress, but it can also have major legal ramifications for those found stealing. Kleptomaniacs frequently face arrest, jail, and legal expenses.

If you or someone you know suffers from kleptomania, there are actions you may take. You can learn to cope with your impulses and replace destructive behaviors with more positive ones with the right treatment. If you think you might have kleptomania, talk to your doctor or a mental health expert to come up with a treatment plan that’s right for you.

Sources: Very Well Mind, The Recovery Village,

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88.4 Per Cent of Malaysia’s Adult Population Fully Vaccinated



KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 6 — A total of 20,698,852 individuals or 88.4 per cent of the adult population in country have competed their COVID-19 vaccination as of yesterday, less than two per cent short of the targeted 90 per cent.

Based on the Health Ministry’s data on the COVIDNOW portal, 120,402 or 3.8 per cent of adolescents  aged 12 to 17 have completed their vaccination.

It also showed that 224,034 doses of the vaccine were dispensed yesterday, of which 122,153 were the first dose, and 101,881 the second dose, raising the cumulative total dispensed under the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme (PICK) to 44,797,925 doses.

PICK was launched on Feb 24 this year to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, 117 deaths due to COVID-19 were reported yesterday, with 16 of them brought in dead (BID) cases, bringing the death toll in the country to 26,876.

Sources: BERNAMA

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Get COVID-19 Digital Exemption Certificate By Following These Steps By MOH



Everyone knows that MySejahtera is an application developed by the Government of Malaysia to assist in monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic in the country by enabling users to perform self-health assessments. At the same time, it helps the Ministry of Health Malaysia (MOH) get early information to take quick and effective action.

Currently, a majority of people have taken their vaccine and some are still in the process of getting vaccinated. Besides, assisting the government in controlling the outbreak, helping individuals keep track of their health and whereabouts, the MySejahtera app now shows the status of your vaccination.

If you must know, once you are vaccinated and have complete the number of days required, you will find a yellow e-certificate in the application which indicates you are fully vaccinated. However, some people cannot achieve this state because of conditions like health problems that hinder them from being vaccinated.

Following are the steps to apply for the Digital Exemption Cert:

  1. Bring your Pre-Vaccination Assessment (PVA) slip and get a confirmation from the physician treating you.
  2. Then, take the PVA slip to the nearest District Health Office to apply from the Digital Exemption Cert.
  3. Your Digital Exemption Certi will be processed within 7 days by the MySejahtera.

Sources: KKM Putrajaya, MySejahtera


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