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新加坡大选:被指“违反社交距离” ,六名前进党党员和媒体人在走访时被记名

Jun 21, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
新加坡 — 周日,新加坡6名前进党党员被告知,他们将因违反安全距离规定而被罚款。

周日,反对派政界人士在武吉巴督31街第358组屋拜访时,有两位自称“官员”的人士走到他们身边,记下了他们的名字和其他详细资料。

其中一人自称为安全距离大使,而另一位则自称是国家环境局的官员。

此外,两人还询问了随同的四名报道新闻记者的姓名,但只有一名《海峡时报》记者同意向他们提供个人资料。

当被前进党党员询问时,国家环境局的“官员”声称,是收到居民投诉,前进党等一行人聚在一家咖啡店,已超过五人的安全规定。

对此,前进党党员也提出反驳意见,说他们从来没有超过五个人坐在一起过。

据了解,国家环境局于周日发布文告澄清,指记录下前进党一行人名字的人士,并非来自该局,实则是该局的社区志愿者,或培训为保洁大使。

国家环境局补充,国家环境局正在“针对此事进行调查,包括前进党党员是否如同报告所述,违反社交距离规定”。

首次违反社交距离规定的人士可能面临300元的罚款。

选举局在上周发布的竞选指南中表示,一旦安全距离大使与执法人员发现任何候选人不遵守安全距离规定,当局将会采取行动,按照现行的安全距离指南执法,并强调候选人与一般公众并无区别。

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.