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徐顺全将在此次新加坡大选中竞逐武吉巴督单选区议席

Jun 23, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
新加坡民主党秘书长徐顺全宣布,他将在即将到来的大选竞逐武吉巴督单选区的议席。

在武吉巴督西购物中心,党员和志愿者们穿着印有“支持徐顺全竞选武吉巴督”字样的T恤,并且向民众派发传单。

徐顺全今天(21日)在武吉巴督西购物中心拜访选民时,向媒体证实了这项消息。“我确认,再次确认(竞逐武吉巴督单选区的议席)。”

民主党还发放了印有“4Y1N”竞选口号的传单。“4Y1N”代表“四是一不”。

身为反对党老将的徐顺全,曾经在2016年参加过武吉巴督的补选。

这次补选是在人民行动党议员David Ong因婚外情突然辞职后举行的。

徐顺全与人民行动党的候选人穆仁理进行竞争,最终获得了39%的选票。

6月18日星期四,选举部门发布了新的竞选活动指导方针。上图来自Chee Soon Juan的Facebook。

S'pore firm develops first Omicron-specific testing kit

Dec 06, 2021 | 🚀 Fathership
Home-grown biotechnology firm BioAcumen Global has launched Singapore's first Omicron-specific Covid-19 polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kit.

This means that a person taking the test will receive one of three results: Covid-19 positive and Omicron positive; Covid-19 positive and Omicron negative; or Covid-19 and Omicron negative.

Currently, PCR kits here that are capable of detecting Omicron require an additional gene sequencing step to confirm the specific variant. This takes an additional day.

Some PCR kits, such as those currently in use by medical technology firm Acumen Diagnostics and biotech firm MiRXES, are able to detect both the Delta and the Omicron strains, but to confirm if a positive case has been infected by Omicron, gene sequencing is necessary.

Mr Jimmy Toh, director of BioAcumen Global, said: "We are looking at ways to cut down the steps and time needed to run this test. This is crucial, especially at the borders where accurate tests need to be done on-site. There is no time to wait on sequencing results to know if a positive sample is infected with Omicron."

Mass production of the kit has begun, and the BioAcumen Global team hopes this kit will provide much needed help locally and in the region for the surveillance and control of this new variant, Mr Toh said.