No more touching: Thai mall installs foot pedals in elevators

UNTV News   •   May 21, 2020   •   822

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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COVID-19 vax did not cause stroke of vaccinee in Caloocan — DOH, FDA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Health (DOH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have clarified reports that a 54-year-old man from Caloocan City experienced a serious adverse event after his inoculation with the COVID-19 vaccine.

In a statement released Saturday, April 10, the DOH said that upon receipt of the report, it immediately directed the Regional Adverse Events Following Immunization Committee (RAEFIC) to conduct a causality assessment to determine if the vaccine had indeed caused the reaction.

“Following the conclusion of the causality assessment conducted by the RAEFIC, as concurred with by the National AEFIC, the DOH and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today report that: (1) the COVID-19 vaccine DID NOT cause the stroke, (2) the adverse event is inconsistent with the causal association to the vaccine, and (3) the adverse event is coincidental to underlying or emerging conditions of the patient,” the statement said.

Meanwhile, the agencies also reiterated its directive to all vaccination sites to strictly follow screening protocols in the assessment of potential vaccine recipients. It also reminded the public to fully disclose their underlying conditions during registration for the COVID-19 vaccine.

The DOH and FDA emphasized that vaccines are safe and effective.

“With the expansion of the national vaccination program to cover senior citizens and persons with comorbidities, the DOH and FDA likewise urge the public to avail of the FREE COVID-19 vaccines to acquire the protection it provides not only for yourselves, but also for your families,” the statement further said. AAC

Philippines logs 12,674 new COVID-19 infections

Robie de Guzman   •   April 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines on Saturday recorded 12,674 new novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, pushing the cumulative tally to 853,209, the Department of Health (DOH) said.

In its latest bulletin, the DOH said the latest figure brought the country’s active coronavirus cases to 190,245.

This is the country’s second-highest single tally day so far. The report, however, does not include data from three laboratories that failed to submit results on time.

Ngayong 4 PM, Abril 10, 2021, ang Department of Health ay nakapagtala ng 12,674 na karagdagang kaso ng COVID-19….

Posted by Department of Health (Philippines) on Saturday, April 10, 2021

Deaths related to coronavirus disease increased to 14,744 with 225 new fatalities.

The total number of recoveries rose to 648,220 after 593 more patients recuperated from viral respiratory disease.

AstraZeneca vaccines may still be used on people above 60 years old — FDA

Robie de Guzman   •   April 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Senior citizens (60 years and above) may still be inoculated with AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday.

The FDA issued the clarification following the temporary suspension on the use of the vaccine for people younger than 60.

FDA director-general Eric Domingo earlier said that he has asked the Department of Health to temporarily halt the administration of AstraZeneca vaccines on persons aged 60 and below due to a possible link between the vaccine and “very, very rare” cases of blood clots.

Domingo cited the report of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) which stated that around 16 cases of blood clots or reduced platelet count were recorded out of 200 million individuals who received AstraZeneca doses.

The EMA found that most of those who reported blood clots overseas were women below 60 years of age, he added.

“Iyong 60 and above, sila ang pinakamagbe-benefit sa bakuna so hindi natin talaga iniisip na mag-limit ng bakuna sa paggamit sa mga senior citizens,” Domingo said in a press briefing.

The FDA chief said updated guidelines on the use of AstraZeneca vaccines will be released next week.

The AstraZeneca firm earlier assured it will work with the Philippine FDA amid concerns on the rare side effects of its vaccine.

“Patient safety remains to be the highest priority for AstraZeneca,” the drug-maker said. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Aiko Miguel)

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