No more touching: Thai mall installs foot pedals in elevators

UNTV News   •   May 21, 2020   •   406

No more touching in the elevators as a Thai shopping mall in Bangkok installed foot pedals for customers to step on instead of pressing the buttons, lowering the risk of having to be exposed to germs.

“Now everyone is worried about getting infected with the COVID-19 and the easiest way to get infected is that when you touch an object that has been contaminated with the COVID-19 virus, and then eventually touch your face and the virus will go into your mouth, your eyes or whatever. So, we came up with this idea of hand-free foot-operated elevator,” said Prote Sosothikul, the vice president of Seacon Development PLC which oversees the mall.

The foot-operated elevator pedal system is also welcomed by mall customers, saying they felt safer to use the lift without actually touching the buttons, reducing the risk of getting infected.

“I think they did a good job in preparing this. I feel much safer… Now that we can use our foot to press the elevator, it’s really great,” said 26-year-old Watcharaporn.

Thailand on Sunday (May 17) reopened malls and department stores for the first time since March in its second phase of relaxing measures as the number of new cases slowed.

Thailand has reported a total of 3,034 cases of the coronavirus and 56 deaths. (Reuters)

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PLM on 2-week lockdown over rise in COVID-19 cases among staff

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 3, 2020

The Pamantasang Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) will be placed under a two-week lockdown due to the high number of staff that tested positive for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

“There are currently four confirmed cases, with two recovered patients and one fatality among employees. There are also three probable and one suspect cases,” PLM President Emmanuel Leyco said in a statement.

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Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso has approved their request and the PLM management will be adopting a strict work-from-home arrangement for employees for the next two weeks.

“As a University which produces doctors, nurses and medical professionals, we believe it is necessary to respond to the public health crisis by listening to science and the inputs of medical experts,” Leyco said. AAC

India’s interior minister tests positive for coronavirus, hospitalised

UNTV News   •   August 3, 2020

India’s Interior Minister Amit Shah said on Sunday (August 2) that he had tested positive for coronavirus and had been admitted to hospital.

Amit Shah, a close aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and one of the country’s most powerful politicians, heads a key ministry that has been at the forefront of managing India’s coronavirus outbreak.

“I request all of you who came in contact with me in the last few days to isolate yourselves and get tested,” Shah said in a tweet.

India has 1,695,988 confirmed cases and 36,511 deaths due to coronavirus as of August 2, according to a Reuters tally. (Reuters)

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Duterte approves more benefits for healthcare workers, orders gov’t to hire 10K medical professionals

Marje Pelayo   •   August 3, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte approved on Sunday (August 2) the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to revert the National Capital Region and nearby areas to a much stricter community quarantine.

This is in response to the overwhelming call for a “time out” from the country’s healthcare workers due to the rise in cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection.

Apart from NCR, other areas to be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine include Bulacan and the provinces of Laguna, Cavite, Rizal effective midnight of Tuesday (August 4).

During the late night briefing in Malacañang, the President likewise approved the hiring of additional healthcare workers to augment the current workforce to include the hiring of 10,000 medical professionals.

Apart from that, healthcare workers would also be provided with additional benefits:

  • Risk allowance for private sector healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients;
  • P10,000 to P15,000 for every healthcare worker that gets sick
  • Life insurance
  • Free accommodation
  • Free transportation
  • Free and frequent COVID-19 testing

Also, President Duterte approved the Cabinet’s recommendation to issue work and quarantine passes to minimize movement.

The Chief Executive directed all local government units (LGUs) to intensify the localized lockdown and the implementation of Oplan Kalinga in their respective areas.

He stressed that the guidelines for minimum health standards must be strictly enforced and intensified while giving twenty million face masks for the poor.

Also approved by the President is the use of RT-PCR testing as gold standard.

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