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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...
‘It was spectacular. We felt safe’: 5,000 attend Barcelona gig after taking rapid COVID tests

‘It was spectacular. We felt safe’: 5,000 attend Barcelona gig after taking rapid COVID tests

Entertainment
Five thousand people attended a rock concert in Barcelona on Saturday after passing a same-day screening test for COVID-19.The music fans piled into the Palau Sant Jordi arena where indie rock band Love of Lesbian were playing after having received the all-clear from a coronavirus antigen test taken earlier in the day. Image: Some 5,000 fans at the show had to wear masks but social distancing was not required in the Palau Sant Jordi arena The show took place with special permission from Spain's health authorities in a pilot to examine whether the rapid testing system could effectively prevent COVID-19 outbreaks.In surreal scenes after a year of social distancing, people danced close to one another, but the sea of faces covered in ma...
FDA provides path for authorization of at-home COVID-19 tests

FDA provides path for authorization of at-home COVID-19 tests

Business
March 16 (UPI) -- The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday introduced a path for manufacturers to receive emergency authorization for take-home COVID-19 tests. The agency issued a supplemental template that would allow point-of-care or at-home tests to be authorized for over-the-counter use without validating how they perform on people without systems. Advertisement "We believe this effort will pave the way for further expanding the availability of tests authorized for screening asymptomatic individuals, help bolster existing and new testing programs and increase consumer access to testing," FDA medical device director Jeffrey Shuren said in a statement. The template will allow developers to seek emergency use authorization for kits that will allow businesses to conduct COVID-19 screen...
Study: One in 10 people exposed to COVID-19 at home tests positive

Study: One in 10 people exposed to COVID-19 at home tests positive

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Feb. 26 (UPI) -- One in 10 people exposed to COVID-19 tests positive for the virus, according to a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open. In the analysis of data on more than 7,200 confirmed cases of the virus in the Boston area, diagnosed between March 4 and May 17, 2020, more than 1,800 of the study participants' nearly 18,000 household contacts later were infected, the data showed. Advertisement Older adults who shared a home with an infected person were nearly four times as likely to catch the virus, the researchers said. "A 10% transmission rate is actually high by many infectious disease standards, especially if you consider that many of these secondary cases occurred several days after the index case," study co-author Dr. Joshua P. Metlay told UPI. That means "that the infec...
China denies subjecting US diplomats to COVID-19 anal tests

China denies subjecting US diplomats to COVID-19 anal tests

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China has denied subjecting U.S. diplomats to COVID-19 anal tests following reports from Washington that some of its personnel have been forced to undergo the procedureByThe Associated PressFebruary 25, 2021, 9:52 AM• 1 min readShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail this articleBEIJING -- China on Thursday denied subjecting U.S. diplomats to COVID-19 anal tests following reports from Washington that some of its personnel were being made to undergo the procedure.Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters at a daily briefing that “China has never asked U.S. diplomats in China to go through anal swab tests.”A U.S. State Department spokesperson said Washington was “committed to guaranteeing the safety and security of American diplomats and their families while preserving ...