Daily round-up, Aug 10: Full recovery expected for Red Lion Jeffrey Heng; new Langya virus infects 35 in China; deadly floods in Seoul
No surgery is required for Third Warrant Officer Jeffrey Heng, although the Red Lions team member suffered some injuries in a hard landing at the National Day Parade, Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen said on Wednesday (Aug 10).
Dr Ng added that 3WO Heng will need time and some rehab, but that full recovery is expected.
China vowed zero tolerance for "separatist activities" in Taiwan and reaffirmed that it would take the self-ruled island by force if necessary.
Its Taiwan Affairs Office issued a white paper laying out how it intends to claim the island through a range of economic incentives and military pressure.
Meanwhile, its military said it has "completed various tasks" around Taiwan but will conduct regular patrols, potentially signalling an end to days of war games but also that Beijing will keep up the pressure against the island.
A total of 35 people in China have been infected with a new virus which can be transmitted from animals to humans, according to a report by researchers in China, Singapore and New Zealand.
Patients had symptoms such as fever, fatigue, cough, headache, nausea, vomiting and muscle aches.
Researchers said the virus was "predominantly detected" in shrews, and there has so far been no evidence of human-to-human transmission.
At least nine people were killed and seven others missing after record downpours flooded major roads, metro stations and homes.
The rain that began Monday is the heaviest since South Korea began weather observations 115 years ago, according to President Yoon Suk-yeol, who apologised for the "inconveniences".
Seoul's posh Gangnam district was particularly hard hit, with cars left half submerged.
From studying potential biological weapons to teaching pre-schoolers: A scientist’s unusual career switch
Catherine Ong was a subject expert in the bacteria which causes the infectious disease melioidosis, until she quit her role as senior scientist to run a childcare centre.
The 45-year-old mother-of-three told CNA Women why she made the abrupt career switch - and how her infectious diseases training came in handy.