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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...

Dow futures jump more than 150 points as Wall Street tries to recover after tech struggles

Finance
People walk by the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on May 18, 2020 in New York City.Spencer Platt | Getty ImagesU.S. stock futures rose on Sunday night after a sell-off in tech shares led to the market's first back-to-back weekly declines in months.Dow Jones Industrial Average futures traded 158 points higher, or 0.6%. The S&P 500 also climbed 0.6% and Nasdaq 100 futures were up by 0.8%. The S&P 500 fell by 2.5% last week. It was the broader-market index's worst one-week drop since June 26. That decline also marked the first time since May that the S&P 500 closed lower in two straight weeks.Those losses were driven in large part by a steep drop in tech, the best-performing market sector year to date. The S&P 500 tech sector plunged more than 4% for its biggest weekly lo...

Stock futures open flat as S&P 500 struggles to reach February record high

Finance
A jogger passes in front of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, on June 17, 2020.Michael Nagel | Bloomberg | Getty ImagesU.S. stock futures were flat on Thursday night after the S&P 500 failed once again to reach its record high from February.Dow Jones Industrial Average futures were up just 20 points, or 0.1%. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 futures traded marginally higher as well. The S&P closed the regular session down 0.2%. Earlier in the day, it briefly traded above its record closing high of 3,386.15. The gyrations between gains and losses through the day came as tech shares outperformed while names that would benefit from the economy reopening struggled.Facebook, Netflix and Alphabet all closed higher and Apple rallied to an all-time high. Meanwhile, Gap and Ame...
The Latest: Tokyo struggles with virus surge; cases hit 463

The Latest: Tokyo struggles with virus surge; cases hit 463

Health
TOKYO — Japanese leaders are grappling with how to contain flareups in coronavirus cases while trying to avoid shutdowns that might push the economy deeper into recession. Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said the confirmed number of new cases hit a daily record of 463 on Friday, up nearly 100 from Thursday’s 367. Nationwide, cases have recently topped 1,000 a day, and some areas that had avoided any cases at all, such as Iwate prefecture in the northeast and Sado island off the Japan Sea coast, have confirmed cases. Koike says, “You might have plans or events for summer, but unfortunately this summer will be different from last summer. We cannot loosen our grips on (anti-infection) measures and I want to share this mindset with you all." Earlier this week, Koike asked bars and restaurants to cl
‘Art with a message’: Artists turn coronavirus struggles into street murals

‘Art with a message’: Artists turn coronavirus struggles into street murals

Entertainment
Street art is having a moment. While galleries are closed, deserted cities across the UK offer an irresistible canvas for creatives.They paint a powerful and political picture, reflecting the hope, joy and sorrow of the COVID-19 crisis. "Ultimately it's art with a message," London artist Atila told Sky News. Image: Atila says it is 'art with a message' "I'm a portrait painter and I like celebrating people through my art, but this is like a special thank you to the NHS heroes."Standing in front of his mural in south London, which features a nurse in a face mask, he said the street is like a "public gallery". ...