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新加坡 2020 大选:ELD 称在投票日为选民提供的笔中墨水不会消失

Jul 07, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
新加坡:选举办公室(ELD)驳斥网上所传的虚假信息“投票日为选民所提供的选票和自动墨水笔已经过处理,选票上的笔记将在几分钟后消失”。

“ELD 想明确表示,这不是真的,”此外他们还补充说,自动墨水笔的笔记是永久性的。

“事实上,笔中的墨水是油性的,防水耐温。在包括大韩民国在内的其他国家的选举中也使用了类似的笔。”

ELD 称,用于今年大选的选票与以前选举中使用的选票“没有什么不同”,且会在严格的安全条件下进行打印。

“在如此严格控制的环境下,任何人都不可能对选票进行额外处理”。

ELD 表示,引入自动墨水笔是为了让选民们能在选票上“清晰而轻松”地表明自己的选择。

他们还补充说:“这是因为以前的选举中有部分选民——特别是年龄较大的选民——反馈说,自己很难抓握常规的魔术笔来在选票上写字”。

选民也可以在投票日带上自己的笔来填写选票。

ELD 表示,组织致力于确保“投票的安全和保密性”,并且会在投票过程的每一个步骤中采取“严格的控制措施”。

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.