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COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Covid-19 doctors ready to take the plunge in snorkel masks when next wave hits

COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Covid-19 doctors ready to take the plunge in snorkel masks when next wave hits

September 18 2021 - 11:56

Cape candle firm boss in court for Covid-19 relief fund fraud

The Hawks have swooped on a Western Cape candle maker for alleged Covid-19 relief fund fraud.

Andre Appelgryn, 64, MD ofKapula, appeared in Bredasdorp magistrate's court on fraud charges on Friday.

Hawks spokesperson Zinzi Hani said Appelgryn’s arrest followed a raid by the directorate’s serious corruption investigation team on his offices in the Overberg town.

Cape candle firm boss in court for Covid-19 relief fund fraud

September 18 2021 - 10:09

Covid-19 doctors ready to take the plunge in snorkel masks when next wave hits

When the next Covid-19 wave crashes down on health workers, snorkelling equipment could save them.

This follows simulations at the universities of Pretoria and Cape Town which found wide approval of full-face snorkel masks among the 52 doctors who tried them.

Researchers said the masks could be a viable alternative during aerosol-generating procedures when standard personal protective equipment (PPE) is not available.

Covid-19 doctors ready to take the plunge in snorkel masks when next wave hits

September 18 2021 - 10:04

Singapore primary schools to shift online as Covid-19 cases rise

Singapore's primary schools will shift to home-based learning for 10 days ahead of a key national examination, the education ministry said on Saturday, as the country reported 935 new Covid-19 cases the previous day, the highest since April last year.

Primary 1 to 5 students will move to home-based learning from Sept. 27 to Oct. 6.

Primary 6 students will go on a study break for a few days from Sept. 25 before sitting for the national examination to minimise risk of school-based transmissions and reduce the number of students placed in quarantine.

"With the PSLE (Primary School Leaving Examination) written paper examinations approaching, we will undertake further measures to protect students who are not yet medically eligible for vaccination and give parents and students greater peace of mind," said Education Minister Chan Chun Sing.

A recent rise in cases after the relaxation of some Covid-19 measures has prompted Singapore to pause on further reopening. More than 80% of its population has been vaccinated against Covid-19.

The country is looking at vaccinating children under 12 years in early 2022.

-Reuters