UK & Malaysia: Healthcare News Summary (1st July)

Note: A hyperlink is attached in each headlines for further reading of the original news.

Table of Contents:

1. United Kingdom News 2. Malaysia News

1. United Kingdom News

Headline: Ireland’s chief medical officer warns of ‘worrying’ trend as Covid-19 cases rise

Date: 29th June 2020

Source: Express & Star

Monthly Visitors: 249,810


  • The number of COVID-19 cases in Ireland are increasing as a "worrying" trend and could halt plans for easing restrictions.

  • 6 fresh diagnoses were associated with international travel.

  • More than 1.1 million cases were reported globally last week.

  • Ireland still warns against non-essential travel and cautioned young people against ignoring lockdown restrictions.

  • The Chief Medical Officer is deeply worried about easing restrictions next month for allowing foreign travel.

  • The risk of imported cases remains high.

  • The number of people likely to make a roundtrip travel in-and-out of Ireland for non-essential trips, was higher than the total of tourists coming in from outside of Ireland.

  • Research conducted by the Department of Health showed an increase in the proportion of people who self-reported to be wearing face coverings (now at 45%).

  • A total of 64% believe Ireland will see a second wave. 31% believe the authorities are trying to return to normal too fast.

2. Malaysia News

Headline: Gut feeling is real science: Know your microbiome! Date: 29th June 2020 Source: Malaysia Kini Monthly Visitors: 1,371,780


  • There are about 39 trillion bacteria, and around 30 trillion human cells in our body.

  • A collection of microbes: bacteria, fungi, viruses, and genes inside us are called microbiome.

  • The gut microbiome alone weighs up to 2kg.

  • Recently, the World Microbiome Day 2020 was celebrated on 27th June.

  • There are many studies linking changes in microbiome with different types of mental illnesses such as: stress, depression and autism.

  • Several research has also linked the gut microbiome with non-communicable diseases (diabetes and obesity).

  • The author hypothesises that if autism can be induced into mice during experiments, then the causality could be reversed and develop an intervention in the gut microbiome.

  • If this can truly be done, it will help improve the symptoms of autistic children.

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