Friday, 10 January 2020

Spike in post-holiday flu cases as an unusual strain sweeps the US early and kills a record 27 children

The first flu death of the 2019-2020 season was reported in California in September - an unusually early point for a fatality to occur.

At the time, experts were hesitant to cause panic, but warned that it could be a harbinger of a harsh season that would come on quickly.

They were right to be concerned.

Already, an estimated 6.4 million Americans have come down with the flu, the CDC said on Friday.

By the end of the final week of the deaths of 27 children in the US had already been reported.


Advisory: MFA strongly advises citizens against travel to Iran, Iraq

The authorities in Singapore said that they are “deeply concerned” with the rising tensions in the Middle East and will be monitoring the situation closely.

In response to media queries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said on Wednesday (Jan 8) that there is an urgent need for all parties to “exercise maximum restraint and de-escalate tensions and return to dialogue and diplomacy to resolve their differences”.

MFA’s comments come after Iran launched missiles at US-led forces in Iraq earlier on Wednesday, in retaliation for the US drone strike on an Iranian commander — Major General Qasem Soleimani — whose killing last week stoked fears of a new Middle East war.

The attack on the US-led forces led to a spike in oil prices, and countries urging their citizens to leave.

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22 new dengue clusters emerge across Singapore over two days

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Twenty-two new dengue clusters have emerged across Singapore over two days, bringing the total number of active clusters to 108 as of Wednesday (Jan 8).

According to data by the National Environment Agency (NEA), the number of clusters increased by 25 per cent from Monday, when 86 clusters were reported.

Pasir Ris currently has the biggest cluster with more than 150 people infected, and a third of the cases are located in Riverina View and Riverina Crescent.

Other big clusters include two areas in Yio Chu Kang, one with 134 cases and one with 129.

2) Dengue cases (NEA)