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Nearly 50,000 businesses sign up to offer rapid coronavirus testing for their employees

Nearly 50,000 businesses sign up to offer rapid coronavirus testing for their employees

Business
Nearly 50,000 businesses have signed up for the government's free workplace COVID tests, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has announced.The government claims this is a vital step towards restoring normal life after the pandemic. Tests can give a result within 30 minutes - and NHS Test and Trace analysis suggests they have a specificity of at least 99.9%. Mr Hancock said: "We have built a huge asymptomatic testing system from scratch, which is an essential part of our plan to reopen cautiously. "Rapid testing has been rolled out at a vast scale across a range of sectors, and it is fantastic that now over 48,000 businesses have signed up to offer rapid testing to employees."This is a huge step forward in getting businesses back on their feet and helping to keep people safe. ...
TV legend Larry King dies weeks after testing positive for COVID-19

TV legend Larry King dies weeks after testing positive for COVID-19

Entertainment
Tributes have poured in for the "legendary" US talk show host Larry King, who has died just weeks after contracting coronavirus.The 87-year-old TV star was taken to hospital in Los Angeles in late December after testing positive for COVID-19 - and died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player Chat show legend Larry King dies King, whose career spanned more than six decades and is estimated to have conducted more than 50,000 interviews, had Type-2 diabetes and had suffered from lung cancer...
Will the US ever have a national COVID-19 testing strategy?

Will the US ever have a national COVID-19 testing strategy?

Health
NEW YORK -- As the coronavirus epidemic worsens, U.S. health experts hope Joe Biden's administration will put in place something Donald Trump's has not — a comprehensive national testing strategy.Such a strategy, they say, could systematically check more people for infections and spot surges before they take off. The health experts say it would be an improvement from the current practice, which has professional athletes and students at elite universities getting routine tests while many other Americans stand in line for hours — if they get tested at all.“We have had no strategy for this virus. Our strategy has been no strategy,” said Dr. Michael Mina, a Harvard University researcher focused on use of testing to track disease.Some experts say the lack of such a system is one reason for the ...
NBA suspends random marijuana testing for 2020-21 season

NBA suspends random marijuana testing for 2020-21 season

Sports
Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have reached an agreement to suspend randomized drug tests for marijuana during the 2020-21 season. "Due to the unusual circumstances in conjunction with the pandemic, we have agreed with the NBPA to suspend random testing for marijuana for the 2020-21 season and focus our random testing program on performance-enhancing products and drugs of abuse," NBA spokesperson Mike Bass said in a statement Friday. Advertisement The NBA had a similar policy for the 22 teams competing inside the league's bubble at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla., this past summer. It remains unclear whether the league will return to its normal testing practices next season. The NBA is the latest league to begin rolling back marijua...
Lewis Hamilton to miss Sakhir GP after testing positive for coronavirus

Lewis Hamilton to miss Sakhir GP after testing positive for coronavirus

Sports
World champion Lewis Hamilton will miss this weekend's Formula 1 Sakhir Grand Prix in Bahrain after testing positive for coronavirus.His team, Mercedes, said the Briton woke with mild symptoms on Monday and returned a positive result at a subsequent test and again at a retest.Hamilton, who is now self-isolating, won the Bahrain Grand Prix at the same circuit on Sunday.Mercedes say a replacement will be named in due course."Apart from mild symptoms, he is otherwise fit and well and the entire team sends him our very best wishes for a swift recovery," a statement said.Hamilton, 35, clinched his record-equalling seventh world title at the Turkish Grand Prix on 15 November.Sunday's race will be the first Hamilton has missed since his F1 debut at the 2007 season-opening race in Australia.He mus...