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Covid: Tests to be offered twice-weekly to all in England

Covid: Tests to be offered twice-weekly to all in England

Health
PA MediaEveryone in England is to be given access to two rapid coronavirus tests a week from Friday, under an extension of the government's testing programme.The lateral flow kits, which can provide results in around 30 minutes, will be available for free at testing sites, pharmacies and through the post. The health secretary said it would help squash any outbreaks as lockdown eases. But critics of the programme say it risks becoming a "scandalous" waste of money.It comes as Boris Johnson is due to meet the cabinet to sign off the next stage of lockdown easing in England, which will see non-essential shops reopen and pubs and restaurants start serving outdoors from 12 April.Rapid home Covid tests to be available for workersHow many people have been vaccinated so far?Covid passports would b...

Bengaluru lecturer loses bitcoins worth Rs 10 lakh to fraudster who offered help on app

Finance
(This story originally appeared in on Mar 17, 2021)BENGALURU: A 38-year-old lecturer who was new to the cryptocurrency world lost bitcoins worth Rs 10 lakh to a fraudster who had promised to handle his cryptocurrency account. Ramesh J (name changed), a resident of Palace Gutahalli and lecturer with a private college, lodged a complaint with Central CEN police on Saturday. According to the complainant, the incident took place on February 22. Police sources said Ramesh recently logged in to CoinSwitch Kuber, a trading platform to buy, sell and manage cryptocurrency. In order to understand the trading process, he also logged in to a few cryptocurrency rooms on Telegram mobile application, where people would share their views. An account hacker who messaged Ramesh personally said he could han...
Jo Whiley: My sister has finally been offered a vaccine but it’s too late – she’s in hospital fighting for her life

Jo Whiley: My sister has finally been offered a vaccine but it’s too late – she’s in hospital fighting for her life

Entertainment
Radio broadcaster Jo Whiley says her younger sister has finally been offered a coronavirus vaccine but it could be too late, as she is already "fighting for her life" after catching the virus in her care home.Whiley's sister Frances, 53, has diabetes and learning difficulties, which both put her at higher risk from COVID-19. But last week, Whiley said she had been offered a vaccination before Frances, saying she "desperately" wished her sibling had been offered one first. Image: Frances is 'fighting for her life' against COVID-19. Pic: Twitter/Jo Whiley Whiley, a radio DJ and TV presenter, said it had been "the worst week of our lives" after Frances tested positive for COVID-19 following an outbreak at her care home in Northamptonshir...
Covid: All over-50s in UK to be offered vaccine by May

Covid: All over-50s in UK to be offered vaccine by May

Health
PA MediaAll adults aged 50 and over should have been offered a coronavirus vaccine by May, Downing Street has confirmed.Previously ministers had said it was their "ambition" to vaccinate the first nine priority groups by the spring.The UK had given a first jab to nearly 11 million people as of Thursday and is aiming to reach 15 million vaccinations by 15 February.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said a lot of things would "have to go right" to hit the May target for all over-50s.He said supply was the "most difficult" limiting factor in the roll out. But he said the government was on track to vaccinate the first four priority groups by the middle of the month, these include the over-70s, frontline health and care workers and the clinically extremely vulnerable.Johnson and Macron discuss Covid...