Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Insurance companies roll out free coronavirus cover for policyholders

More insurance companies have announced free additional coverage for policyholders in the event they or their eligible family members are hit by the Covid-19 outbreak.

Some of the complimentary coverage include payouts in the event of hospitalisation due to the coronavirus or death.

Some providers also offer diagnosis benefits, such as in the case of HSBC Insurance, where, should the eligible customer or family member be diagnosed with Covid-19 in Singapore by a registered medical practitioner, the insurer will provide a lump sum payment of $1,000.

DBS announced it has partnered with Chubb Insurance Singapore to offer all its five million customers in Singapore complimentary insurance coverage in relation to Covid-19.

Insurance companies that have offered Covid-19 protection include HSBC Insurance, Manulife, DBS Bank, NTUC Income, AIA and Great Eastern.

1) https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/dbs-posb-customers-can-sign-30-days-free-covid-19-insurance-coverage-insurers-also-offer
2) https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/insurance-companies-roll-out-free-coronavirus-cover-policyholders
3) https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/singapore-dbs-chubb-ntuc-income-covid-19-insurance-12443110

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COVID-19 outbreak: What you need to know about the Public Health Preparedness Clinics

About 900 general practitioner (GP) clinics will be reactivated as Public Health Preparedness Clinics (PHPCs) starting Tuesday (Feb 18), to care for patients with respiratory symptoms in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Friday that it expects the number of confirmed cases in Singapore to increase, partly due to the enhanced disease surveillance.

From Tuesday, about 900 clinics will be “progressively activated” to care for patients with respiratory symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat and runny nose.

These clinics will also help refer patients to a hospital if they are suspected to have pneumonia.

The clinics can be identified by a PHPC decal, and members of the public can find an updated list of PHPCs at https://www.flugowhere.gov.sg from Tuesday.

Ref: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-phpc-public-health-clinic-need-to-know-subsidies-where-12441664

More than 80% of COVID-19 patients have mild disease and recover: WHO chief

The new novel coronavirus only causes mild disease for 80% of infected patients, said the World Health Organization on Monday (Feb 17).

Speaking to reporters, WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that 14% of patients would have severe diseases such as pneumonia.

"Around five% of cases are considered critical with possible multi-organ failure, septic shock and respiratory failure and, in some cases, death," he added.

Tedros also said there were "relatively few cases" among children and more research was needed to understand why.

Ref: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/covid-19-coronavirus-who-china-patients-have-mild-disease-12445010

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Scramble to track Cambodia cruise ship passengers after coronavirus case reported

Holland America Line said it is working with governments and health experts to track passengers who disembarked from its Westerdam cruise ship docked in Cambodia after an American woman tested positive for coronavirus in Malaysia.

The cruise line, which is owned by cruise giant Carnival Corp , said none of the other 1,454 passengers and 802 crew have reported any symptoms.

"Guests who have already returned home will be contacted by their local health department and be provided further information," a statement from the company said.

"These experts are working with the appropriate national health authorities to investigate and follow-up with individuals who may have come in contact with the American guest," said Dr. Grant Tarling, Chief Medical Officer for Holland America Line.

Ref: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/coronavirus-covid-19-cambodia-cruise-ship-westerdam-track-12441150

387 complaints on overcharging of face masks, thermometers, hand santisers: CASE

Between Jan 1 this year and Monday (Feb 17), the Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE) received 387 complaints on the overcharging of face masks, thermometers and hand sanitisers amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

A 50ml bottle of Dettol hand sanitiser, while sold out at many pharmacies and supermarkets, could be found for between S$5 and S$7 at some shops in Chinatown and Little India, at least the double the regular retail price.

Member of Parliament for Nee Soon GRC Louis Ng also flagged a shop on his Facebook page for selling 20 masks for S$138. In comparison, Watsons Online's list price for a box of 10 surgical masks is S$2.50.

Mr Loy said that consumers who wish to report on or provide feedback on the overcharging or overpricing of face masks, thermometers and hand sanitisers by retailers do not have to pay a fee to CASE. But a nominal fee may apply for other consumers seeking refund.

Ref: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/covid-19-coronavirus-case-complaints-fask-masks-sanitisers-12443210