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前往德国的新加坡人将不再需要在抵达时被检疫

Jun 23, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
前往德国的游客将不再需要在抵达时被检疫。

德国大使馆进一步补充道,这是因为新加坡不再被德国公共卫生机构罗伯特·科赫研究所列为新冠肺炎(Covid-19)的危险地区。

不过,根据欧盟委员会提出的建议,在6月30日前,仍对前往欧盟国家进行非必要旅行的来自第三国的游客实行限制。德国已实施了这一建议。

具有基本职能或需要的第三国国民,例如:卫生保健医护工作者、医护研究人员和护理专业人员。

跨境工人、货物运输和其他重要部门雇用的运输人员。

执行公务的外交人员,国际组织工作人员,军事人员和人道主义援助人员。

过境旅客,因重要家庭原因出行的旅客,需要国际保护或出于其他人道主义原因寻求入境的人员。

基本职能的定义将扩展到以学习为目的而来的非欧盟旅行者。

无论是否需要返回自己的住所,享有长期居住权的非欧盟国民可以与家庭成员一起入境。

据CNBC报道,德国目前总计拥有191272例新冠肺炎病例,其中死亡病例达到了8895例。

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.