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Care homes and public told to immediately stop using brand of coronavirus test kit

Care homes and public told to immediately stop using brand of coronavirus test kit

Technology
The government has told care homes and the public to immediately stop using coronavirus testing kits produced by a healthcare firm after safety problems were discovered.The government said all labs must pause the use of COVID-19 test kits produced by Randox laboratories "with immediate effect until further notice". It said the tests, which were used as part of the NHS system, failed to meet safety standards.Health Secretary Matt Hancock said there had been a problem with the swabs but there was no suggestion that test results were affected.He told the Commons on Thursday: "We've identified some swabs that are not up to the usual high standard that we expect, and we'll be carrying out further testing of this batch as a precautionary measure. ...
25% Indians willing to stop insurance premiums: Survey

25% Indians willing to stop insurance premiums: Survey

Finance
Mumbai: Over one fourth of Indian policyholders are willing to sacrifice property and life insurance premium payments to ease their financial burden, according to an Asia-Pacific survey by global reinsurer Swiss Re. At the same time, Indian consumers are second-most active in Asia-Pacific in seeking insurance, driven by financial and mental health concerns. Swiss Re conducted a consumer survey after the Covid-19 pandemic began to understand the reaction of consumers to the crisis. Almost a third of consumers in India are feeling overwhelmed or anxious about their financial future — the second highest among APAC markets surveyed after Japan. Also, 64% of the consumers surveyed are concerned about their mental health — the highest of all surveyed markets. In India, the survey was conducted i
Suspect on run after NZ police officer shot and killed during routine traffic stop

Suspect on run after NZ police officer shot and killed during routine traffic stop

World
A police officer has been shot and killed and another is seriously injured after making a routine traffic stop in New Zealand.Police said the two officers pulled over a car carrying two people on Friday morning in Auckland when one of them started firing at them with a long-barrelled gun. The vehicle then sped off, hitting and injuring a bystander as it fled the scene.Police are searching for the gunman, who is on the run. Image: Police are searching for the gunman, who fled the scene Police Commissioner Andrew Coster said there was nothing to indicate anything was out of the ordinary when the car was first pulled over. ...
Coronavirus: Spain to stop quarantining arrivals from 1 July

Coronavirus: Spain to stop quarantining arrivals from 1 July

World
Foreign visitors to Spain will no longer have to undergo a two-week quarantine from 1 July, the government has announced.It said the measure had been finalised in a cabinet meeting on Monday.Foreign Minister Arancha Gonzalez Laya had previously said the requirement would be lifted in July, without giving a date.The news comes as the UK government prepares to bring in its own 14-day quarantine policy from 8 June.Travel firms and other industry bodies say the UK should relax the measure for visitors arriving from countries where people are at a lower risk of contracting the coronavirus.Spain normally attracts 80 million tourists a year, with the sector providing more than 12% of the country's GDP.Opening up the holiday market again before the summer season ...
YouTube and Netflix to reduce streaming quality to stop internet from breaking

YouTube and Netflix to reduce streaming quality to stop internet from breaking

Technology
YouTube and Netflix have said they will reduce the streaming quality of videos to avoid straining the internet due to the unprecedented usage during the coronavirus pandemic.Millions of people are working from home across the European Union in order to tackle the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, which is now confirmed to have infected more than 244,000 people worldwide. "Streaming platforms, telecom operators and users... have a joint responsibility to take steps to ensure the smooth functioning of the internet during the battle against the virus propagation," the EU's markets and services commissioner, Thierry Breton, said yesterday. In a statement, YouTube said it was complying with the commissioner's request for a month: "We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in...