UK & Malaysia: Healthcare News Summary (6th 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: Coronavirus: Third of consumers forced to pay 'sky-high' prices for essential medical products

Date: 4th July 2020

Source: Yahoo Finance UK

Monthly Visitors: 609,089,730



Summary:

  • Customers are paying inflated prices for hygiene and medical products during the pandemic.

  • Amazon and eBay accounted for the majority of alleged profiteering listings.

  • Items such as Detail handwash was sold on Amazon for £14.99 (rather than £1.49).

  • Medical-grade face masks were 20 times the usual price via UK Meds website.

  • 4 in 10 essential hygiene products' prices for hand sanitiser and soap were inflated.

  • Essential items have increased in price excessively - people considered this to be unfair and exploitative.




Headline: Production under controversial ventilator challenge comes to an end

Date: 4th July 2020

Source: City A.M.

Monthly Visitors: 332,130



Summary:

  • Production of medical breathing devices has officially stopped.

  • In late March, the government feared the existing supply of ventilators will be overwhelmed by the COVID-19 crisis.

  • Private companies had to produce and design their own models for the NHS's use.

  • The government said around 14,000 devices were produce by UK private companies: Penlon, Babcock, and Breas Medical.

  • The forecast of 10,000 people requiring ventilators did not come true.

  • The ventilator scheme was controversial - and the government was accused of its missteps.

  • However, the government furiously defended the ventilator challenge, stating it intended to boost domestic ventilator production.

  • Now, the UK has over 25,000 devices available to the NHS.




Headline: Government’s 14-day quarantine will have ‘no material impact’, High Court hears

Date: 3rd July 2020

Source: Express & Star

Monthly Visitors: 249,810



Summary:

  • The UK Government's 14-day quarantine rule for flight passengers arriving in the country, has no evidence it would protect public health to any extent.

  • British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair are taking legal action against Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

  • Government barrister, Sir James Eadie QC, explains the 14 days requirement to self-isolate is founded on medical advice to prevent disease transmission.

  • Sir James stated that the Government is deciding whether to apply self-isolation rules to all countries, or exclude countries with low-level COVID-19.

  • Since 8th June, most international arrivals (including returning Britons) were required to be in quarantine for 14 days.

  • People failing to comply are fined £1,000 in England, and police are allowed to use "reasonable force" to ensure compliance.

  • Quarantine restrictions for Spanish, French, Italian, and German people visiting the UK will be lifted from 10th July.




Headline: What do the new lockdown rules say?

Date: 3rd July 2020

Source: Express & Star

Monthly Visitors: 249,810



Summary:

  • New COVID-19 lockdown rules were published on Friday. The rules came into force on Saturday.

  • What has changed? - Pubs are not allowed to reopen until 6AM. - Previous versions of this law is replaced by The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No. 2) (England) Regulations 2020. - From Saturday, group meetings of up to 30 persons (indoors and outdoors) are allowed. - Bigger gatherings are banned (except for pubs, restaurants, cinemas, charities, public or political bodies). - Work or Education gatherings are allowed. - People of 2 households meeting indoors no longer applies. - Outdoor meetings of up to 6 people, and 2 household indoors should continue to be followed. - No legal requirement to provide names/contact details to venue owners when visiting.

  • Can People Play Cricket & Football With Friends and Family? - The law is silent on banning people from playing cricket/football together. - Professor Chris Whitty advised that games can be played, but must be done at a distance to avoid contact.

  • What places are still closed: - Nightclubs/night venues - Adult entertainment venues - Casinos - Bowling alleys - Conference centres - Exhibition halls - Trade shows - Beauty salons - Indoor skating rinks - Public swimming pools - Water parks - Indoor play areas - Indoor gyms & Sports facilities

  • Places that are opened: - Hairdressers & barbers (beauty treatments are not allowed) - Outdoor playgrounds - Blood donation buildings - Training elite athletes - Indoor sports, gym equipment & swimming pools, studios used by Professional dancers.

  • What Else Does the Legislation Say? - Health Secretary can order the closure of any public outdoor place (e.g parks) without writing it in law, when there is a serious and imminent threat to public health. - Health Secretary must consult chief medical officers before doing so. - People can only enter a restricted area with a reasonable excuse. - Local authorities must notify people of the restriction. - Officials must announce the restricted area and duration it is closed. - These decisions must be reviewed every 7 days.

  • Can I Still Get Fined? - People can still be fined with £100. - The fine will be reduced to £50 if paid within 14 days. - A maximum fine of £3,200 for repeat offences or be prosecuted. - Officers can disperse large groups or remove people from an area.

  • How Long Will The Rules Last? - Regulations will expire after 6 months (unless scrapped by Government). - Health Secretary Matt Hancock must terminate any restrictions/requirements once they are unnecessary, in order to prevent transmission of COVID-19. - The rules must be reviewed every 28 days (1st review takes place by 31st July).

  • What About Leicester? - Government published new lockdown rules for Leicester. - The rules came into force on Saturday. - The rules state: all non-essential businesses must shut and ban people from staying overnight at another household. - The rules will be reviewed every 2 weeks (1st review due 18th July).




2. Malaysia News


Headline: Travel with caution in Covid-19 era

Date: 4th July 2020

Source: The Star

Monthly Visitors: 3,465,270



Summary:

  • With interstate travel permitted, Malaysians are now supporting domestic tourism in the country.

  • As more people begin to travel again, travellers are advised to refer to the best sources of information for their protection.

  • Such reliable sources include: the World Travel and Tourism Council and Airbnb.

  • Airbnb recently launched its Enhanced Clean Programme - this is endorsed by the Malaysian Medical Association.

  • The guidelines provides necessary measures to be taken to prevent infection.




Headline: Stethoscope: Malaysia and global health security

Date: 4th July 2020

Source: The Edge Markets

Monthly Visitors: 903,900



Summary:

  • There are 3 major trends in geopolitics for global health security.

  • 1st Trend: Nationalist Instincts In Health Security - There is an increasing emphasis on national health security. - COVID-19 pandemic added health security as an important arena for international competition. - COVID-19 accelerated the trend towards nationalism. - Nationalist behaviour ensure health security is a short-term necessary but must be resisted in the long term.

  • 2nd Trend: The US is appearing to relinquish global health leadership - The US previously funded about 15% of World Health Organization's (WHO) budget. - Recently, Donald Trump decided to stop funding the WHO. - Some believe that the US is not doing enough to maintain their responsibility to global health. - There are 2 additional issues: (1) US' ineffective domestic public health response to COVID-19, and (2) Black Lives Matter movement exposed health and social inequities in the US. - The US' receding global leadership in healthcare creates a vacuum for the EU, Japan, Australia and ASEAN to fill, and assure global health security.

  • 3rd Trends: Global public goods increasingly underwritten by non-state actors - A new vaccine can change the way we fight COVID-19. - But the vaccines cannot be monopolised by any one country/region/company. - The vaccine is considered a global public product. But this comes with a free-rider problem on different scales. - Non-state actors are increasingly well-funded and active.

  • As Malaysia's COVID-19 situation becomes increasingly stable, local businesses should be aware of these global health trends affecting their business.




Headline: COVID-19: Malaysia reports five new cases today, all involving Malaysians, as active cases drop further to 81

Date: 3rd July 2020

Source: The Edge Markets

Monthly Visitors: 903,900




Summary:

  • Malaysia recorded 5 new COVID-19 cases on 3rd July.

  • 3 imported cases (Malaysians returning from Qatar, Turkey & Oman), 2 local transmitted cases (Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah).

  • Total imported cases: 630

  • 3rd July was the 5th day straight, Malaysia recorded a single-digit number of cases.

  • No local transmission among foreigners.

  • Cumulative Malaysian cases: 8,648.

  • Active number of cases fell to 81 from 85 on 2nd July (lowest since March 9).

  • 9 COVID-19 patients discharged (total recovered patients: 8,446).

  • 2 patients in intensive care (requiring ventilator support).

  • No death recorded for 19 days since 15th June.





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