Tag: Singapore

Why Asia’s New Coronavirus Controls Should Worry the World

In China, international flights have been cut back so severely that Chinese students abroad wonder when they will be able to get home. In Singapore, recently returned citizens must share their phones’ location data with the authorities each day to prove they are sticking to government-ordered quarantines. In Taiwan, a man who had traveled to […]

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Trapped at Sea by Covid-19 Lockdowns, Crew Members Plead for Help

When Capt. Nilesh Gandhi’s oil tanker docked in coronavirus-ravaged China early last month, he understood that he would not be able to disembark and fly home as planned. He would have to keep working, at least until Singapore. But when he arrived there, Singapore had prohibited all crew changes. And when he docks in Sri […]

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To Fight the Coronavirus, Cut the Red Tape

These are scary times. The world is living through the double whammy of a pandemic health care crisis and a possible global economic depression. Fighting the coronavirus is hard enough. Government regulations shouldn’t make it any harder. But that’s exactly what’s happening. We have identified five kinds of regulations that we believe are hindering us […]

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‘None of Us Have a Fear of Corona’: The Faithful at an Outbreak’s Center

BANGKOK — The faithful prayed by the thousands, hands and faces washed at communal taps to signify their purity. They crowded around platters on the floor, scooping up coconut rice with their right hands in the traditional way. And they slept in the mosque or in tents set up in the religious compound, rows of […]

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Can’t Get Tested? Maybe You’re in the Wrong Country

Scientists around the world were waiting at their computers in early January when China released the coronavirus genetic code, the blueprint for creating tests and vaccines. Within days, labs from Hong Kong to Berlin had designed tests and shared their research with others. Within about two weeks, Australia had its own tests, and even citizens […]

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Tracking the Coronavirus: How Crowded Asian Cities Tackled an Epidemic

SINGAPORE — Two hours. That’s all the time medical teams in Singapore are given to uncover the first details of how patients contracted the coronavirus and which people they might infect. Did they travel abroad? Do they have a link to one of the five clusters of contagion identified across the city-state? Did they cough […]

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They’ve Contained the Coronavirus. Here’s How.

HONG KONG — While the spread of Covid-19 is picking up speed in Europe and the United States, among other regions, the outbreaks in some countries in Asia seem to be under control. The epidemic in China appears to be slowing down after an explosion in cases followed by weeks of draconian control measures. And […]

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Is the Coronavirus Outbreak a Pandemic Yet?

ImageA Christian church service in Seoul on Sunday. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Korea jumped in recent days.Credit…Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters On Tuesday, Feb. 18, no coronavirus cases had been reported in Iran. On Sunday, the government announced 43 cases and eight deaths. Some 152 cases (and at least three deaths) were confirmed in […]

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A Store, a Chalet, an Unsealed Pipe: Coronavirus Hot Spots Flare Far From Wuhan

HONG KONG — An apartment building in Hong Kong, its units linked by pipes. A department store in the eastern Chinese city of Tianjin, where more than 11,000 shoppers and employees mingled. A ski chalet in France, home base for a group of British citizens on vacation. These sites, scattered around the world, have become […]

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Quieter Response to Coronavirus in Countries Where China Holds Sway

BANGKOK — In Myanmar, loudspeakers broadcast advice from Buddhist monks: Seven ground peppercorns, exactly seven, placed on the tongue will ward off the coronavirus spreading across Asia and the world. In Indonesia, Terawan Agus Putranto, the health minister, advised citizens to relax and eschew overtime work to avoid the disease, which has killed more than […]

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Impatient Tailgating Mitsubishi Lancer EVO X Driver Gets What He Deserves In Singapore

Cars such as the Mitsubishi Lancer EVO and the Impreza STI, exist for the sole purpose of constantly thrilling the driver, unlike say a BMW M3 for example, which is a lot more composed when driven under the speed limit. Something like the EVO X on the other hand is more rough around the edges, […]

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TradeTrust: Singapore and 16 companies back Perlin blockchain for global trade platform

TradeTrust is a new digital global trade platform that uses blockchain technology to digitalize international commerce. The technology can solve a variety of problems, like why it takes two days to ship a product to a specific place, but it takes five days for the paperwork to catch up. TradeTrust could be a very big […]

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Is Singapore Cracking Down on Fake News or on Real Opposition?

SINGAPORE — When the ruling People’s Action Party (P.A.P.) passed a new law against “fake news” last year, it claimed to want to protect both free speech and national security. Falsehoods, the government said, “have been weaponized, to attack the infrastructure of fact, destroy trust and attack societies.” Since the law came into force in […]

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The Superpowers of Super-Thin Materials

In recent years, internet-connected devices have colonized a range of new frontiers — wrists, refrigerators, doorbells, cars. But to some researchers, the spread of the “internet of things” has not gone nearly far enough. “What if we were able to embed electronics in absolutely everything,” Tomás Palacios, an electrical engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of […]

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