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Untrained staff take on contact-tracing jobs as Test and Trace struggles to cope with rise in cases

Untrained staff take on contact-tracing jobs as Test and Trace struggles to cope with rise in cases

Technology
The sharp rise in coronavirus cases is stretching the capacity of the Test and Trace service in England, forcing untrained staff to take on contact-tracing jobs, according to a leaked internal email seen by Sky News.The measures taken to strengthen the service have raised disquiet inside Test and Trace, as staff from outsourcing firms will now take on jobs previously performed only by medically-trained contact tracers. The email, which was sent to contact tracers last night, says that the jump in cases has created "a surge in demand", producing "an immediate challenge to the capacity of the Test and Trace service." Image: Sitel are one of the companies involved in the system In response, the email says, staff employed by outsourcing f...
NASA astronaut, two cosmonauts land in Kazakhstan after departing space station

NASA astronaut, two cosmonauts land in Kazakhstan after departing space station

Science
Oct. 21 (UPI) -- NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of Roscosmos landed on Earth Wednesday evening after departing from the International Space Station. The Soyuz MS-16 landed in the remote steppe of Kazakhstan at about 10:54 p.m. EDT, marking the end of a 196-day mission for Cassidy, Ivanishin and Vagner after having spent the last few days packing completed science experiments, personal items and other types of cargo onto the spacecraft. Advertisement After boarding the craft, they closed the hatch at about 4:10 p.m. EDT Wednesday and the spacecraft undocked from the Poisk module's space-facing port at 7:32 p.m. The trip back to Earth took a little over three hours, as the Soyuz began its deorbit burn at 10:01 p.m. and began its re-entry into Earth's atmo...
Liverpool: ‘Immense’ Fabinho steps up with Virgil van Dijk injured

Liverpool: ‘Immense’ Fabinho steps up with Virgil van Dijk injured

Sports
Last updated on 21 October 202021 October 2020.From the section Champions LeagueNo Virgil van Dijk, no problem?We wouldn't go that far but Jurgen Klopp was a relieved man to see midfielder Fabinho put in a fantastic display in defence as the Reds started life without their injured centre-half.With Van Dijk likely to miss the majority of the season with a knee injury and Joel Matip also injured for the trip to the Netherlands, Fabinho stepped up, or dropped back, to partner Joe Gomez in the 1-0 win over Ajax.Not only did Liverpool keep a clean sheet, Fabinho was instrumental, with a super overhead kick clearance off the line to keep the Dutch side out.The former Monaco player was your man of the match in the BBC Sport player rater with a score of 7.00.Oops you can't see this activity!To enj...
Spain becomes first country in western Europe to record one million COVID cases

Spain becomes first country in western Europe to record one million COVID cases

World
Spain has become the first country in western Europe to record one million coronavirus cases - marking a doubling of its tally in just six weeks.The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country is now at 1,005,295, after reporting 16,973 cases on Wednesday, according to the Spanish health ministry. Spain's coronavirus infection rate began to climb rapidly in late August, and began hitting 10,000 cases a day after a slowdown in positive tests over the summer. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player September: Inside a locked down district in Spain ...
Contract of insurance is of utmost good faith, says Supreme Court

Contract of insurance is of utmost good faith, says Supreme Court

Finance
NEW DELHI: A contract of insurance is of “utmost good faith” and a proposer who seeks to obtain life insurance policy is duty bound to disclose all material facts bearing upon the issue, the Supreme Court has said. The apex court said this while setting aside the March this year verdict of the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) which had dismissed the plea of an insurance firm against the order asking it to pay full death claim along with interest to the mother of the deceased. A bench headed by Justice D Y Chandrachud noted that the proposal form requires a specific disclosure of pre-existing ailments, so as to enable the insurer to arrive at a considered decision based on the actuarial risk. “A contract of insurance is one of utmost good faith. A proposer who seeks t