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Coronavirus: NHS staff need tests ‘twice a week’

Coronavirus: NHS staff need tests ‘twice a week’

Health
A leading surgeon has said NHS staff must be routinely tested for coronavirus up to twice a week.Prof Derek Alderson, president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said it was vital, to reassure patients staff were not unwittingly carrying the virus.But hospital trust bosses say they are still waiting for clarity on plans for regular testing.The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) said it was focusing on routine testing in care homes.Prof Alderson was speaking at a Health Select Committee meeting about the necessary steps to get all NHS services back up and running.He said: "It's absolutely essential to regain public confidence that we are able to test our staff regularly."It would be "pragmatic" for testing to take place "about twice weekly", he a...
BA owner burns ‘£178m of cash a week’ as airline ramps up war of words with unions

BA owner burns ‘£178m of cash a week’ as airline ramps up war of words with unions

Business
British Airways (BA) has told staff its parent firm is burning through £178m of cash a week and the airline does not have "an absolute right to exist" as a row with unions intensifies.In a letter to staff seen by Sky News, BA chief executive Alex Cruz rounds on the GMB and Unite unions, calling a campaign to take Heathrow landing slots away from BA "bizarre" and a threat to jobs. He criticises the government for damaging the industry though the introduction of a 14-day quarantine period from Tuesday as the coronavirus pandemic eases. Image: BA boss Alex Cruz: 'The BA of tomorrow will be a smaller company' The letter to staff, sent after the Home Secretary unveiled the plans yesterday afternoon, says "the government has dealt another b
NASA, SpaceX review clears historic mission for launch next week

NASA, SpaceX review clears historic mission for launch next week

Science
ORLANDO, Fla., May 22 (UPI) -- NASA and SpaceX cleared next week's historic SpaceX Crew Dragon launch to the International Space Station after a flight readiness review Friday. It is to be the first crewed flight scheduled to launch from U.S. soil since the last shuttle lifted off in 2011. The Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft are prepared to carry NASA astronauts Robert Behnken and Douglas Hurley into space Wednesday from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, NASA and SpaceX officials said. The officials from SpaceX and NASA met for a day and one-half at the space center Thursday and Friday to focus on the readiness of crews, capsule, rocket and the International Space Station to support the flight. Significant risk areas reviewed in the process included the function of SpaceX's re...
Bundesliga: Dynamo Dresden’s entire squad in isolation just a week before restart

Bundesliga: Dynamo Dresden’s entire squad in isolation just a week before restart

Sports
Dynamo Dresden, who play in the second tier of German Football, have put their entire squad and coaching staff into two-week isolation after two players tested positive for coronavirus.The Bundesliga and Bundesliga 2 are due to restart on Saturday, 16 May.It is set to be the first European league to restart following the coronavirus shutdown. "The fact is that we can neither train nor participate in a game in the next 14 days," said Dynamo.On Thursday, the German Football Association (DFB) said the season would resume under strict health protocols that ban fans from the stadium and require players to have Covid-19 testing.About 300 people, including players, staff and officials, will be in or...
Idris Elba denies suggesting annual week of lockdown

Idris Elba denies suggesting annual week of lockdown

Entertainment
Idris Elba has denied suggesting an annual week of quarantine, clarifying recent comments made in an interview about the coronavirus pandemic.In a tweet posted on Sunday, Elba said he had not meant an enforced lockdown, but rather a way of marking what people have been through during the COVID-19 outbreak. The actor himself was diagnosed with coronavirus back in March, but said he was lucky not to suffer serious symptoms. March: Idris Elba reve...