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Coronavirus: Local testing data to be shared with councils

Coronavirus: Local testing data to be shared with councils

Health
Local authorities are to be given access to postcode-level data about the number of people testing positive for coronavirus in their areas after it was agreed with the Department of Health. It comes after Leicester became the first city to have a local lockdown imposed following a rise in cases.Labour leader Keir Starmer said there had been a "lost week" due to city officials not having full testing data.The prime minister said the figures had been shared with all local authorities.But, at Prime Minister's Questions in the Commons, Sir Keir said officials in Leicester had only received full figures on Thursday. Until now local authorities have not routinely had full access to the data on people who are tested for the virus in the community.But the agreeme...
Babylon Health admits GP app suffered a data breach

Babylon Health admits GP app suffered a data breach

Technology
Babylon Health has acknowledged that its GP video appointment app has suffered a data breach.The firm was alerted to the problem after one of its users discovered he had been given access to dozens of video recordings of other patients' consultations.A follow-up check by Babylon revealed a small number of further UK users could also see others' sessions.The firm said it had since fixed the issue and notified regulators.Babylon allows its members to speak to a doctor, therapist or other health specialist via a smartphone video call and, when appropriate, sends an electronic prescription to a nearby pharmacy. It has more than 2.3 million registered users in the UK.Leeds-based Rory Glover had access to the service via his membership of a private health insur...
Brazil’s Bolsonaro accused of hiding COVID-19 death toll as data removed

Brazil’s Bolsonaro accused of hiding COVID-19 death toll as data removed

World
Brazil's government has stopped publishing a running total of coronavirus deaths and infections, prompting claims by experts it is an attempt to hide the true extent of the outbreak in the country.It follows months of criticism of President Jair Bolsonaro's handling of the crisis, after he dismissed the pandemic as "a little flu" and has refused to wear a mask or practice social distancing. As the global total of coronavirus deaths passed 400,000 on Sunday and the number of confirmed cases 6.9 million, Brazil's last official numbers showed it had recorded more than 34,000 fatalities related to COVID-19 and 615,000 infections - the world's second-largest outbreak. ...

Coast Guard taps cellphone location data to speed searches

Technology
The U.S. Coast Guard is tapping into cellphone location data to provide a new tool for helping distressed boatersByThe Associated PressMay 10, 2020, 12:57 PM2 min read2 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBOSTON -- The U.S. Coast Guard is tapping into cellphone location data to quickly locate distressed boaters. The voluntary i911 program lets the Coast Guard access mariners' cellphone locations to help rescue crews find them faster. The software is a free service for all first responders, including the Coast Guard. “It greatly decreases the time we spend looking for someone and gets the rescue crews out faster,” said Chief Petty Officer Andrew Case from the Coast Guard center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts. The Coast Guard center in the Northeast was the first to tes
NPAs of BoB, Indian Bank surge multi-fold in 6 years: RTI data

NPAs of BoB, Indian Bank surge multi-fold in 6 years: RTI data

Finance
Kota: Non-performing assets of Bank of Baroda soared more than six-fold to Rs 73,140 crore while those of Indian Bank surged four-times to Rs 32,561.26 crore in six years, according to a Right to Information reply. The NPA of Bank of Baroda (BoB) rose from Rs 11,876 crore at March-end 2014 to Rs 73,140 crore at December-end 2019, the RTI reply showed. The number of NPA accounts rose from 2,08,035 as on March 31, 2014, to 6,17,306 as of December 2019. The NPAs of Indian Bank surged from Rs 8,068.05 crore as on March 31, 2014, to Rs 32,561.26 crore as on March 31, 2020. The NPA accounts rose to 5,64,816 as on March 31, 2020, from 2,48,921 as on March 31, 2014, according to reply to Right to Information (RTI) queries on number of NPA accounts and the total amount filed by Kota-based activi...