Emails emerge of ‘VIP route’ for UK Covid test contracts | Coronavirus

Further evidence has emerged that the government operated a “VIP” fast-track process for favoured companies leading to accusations that ministers misled the public about billions of pounds of Covid-19 testing contracts.The Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) has previously denied operating any VIP process for companies referred by ministers for possible Covid contracts. In … Read more

Truck driver who spent 48 hours in WA returns positive COVID-19 test but no lockdown planned

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A truck driver who spent 48 hours in WA has tested positive for COVID-19, the WA Health Minister has announced.Key points:The driver wore a face mask while out of the truckThe Health Minister described the risk as “low”No lockdown or restrictions will be imposed at this stageBut neither a lockdown nor any other restrictions are being … Read more

Covid-19: Three people test positive for virus in Waikato

Covid-19: Three people test positive for virus in Waikato

Three people in Waikato have returned positive Covid-19 tests after coming into contact with a remand prisoner released on e-monitored bail from Auckland’s Mt Eden Prison. The household members of the remand prisoner reside in Kaiaua/Whakatīwai, Waikato and two of them attend Mangatangi School on the Hauraki Plains. The region and the school are currently … Read more

COVID-19 live updates: Over 243,000 kids test positive in 1 week, nearly setting new record

COVID-19 live updates: Over 243,000 kids test positive in 1 week, nearly setting new record

More than 243,000 children tested positive for COVID-19 last week, marking the second-highest week ever for pediatric cases, according to a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children’s Hospital Association.Students arrive at Ambridge Area Senior High School on the first day of Pennsylvania’s mask mandate for K-12 schools and day care centers on Sept. 7, … Read more

Covid travel test firms on UK government list refusing to give refunds | Healthcare industry

Companies included on the government’s approved Covid-19 travel test provider list appear to be flouting consumer law by refusing to refund customers for unfulfilled orders, according to dozens of travellers who have contacted the Guardian.Boots is among the firms whose terms and conditions state that orders for tests are non-refundable even if they fail to … Read more

UK watchdog calls for much tougher vetting of Covid PCR test firms | Travel & leisure

The consumer watchdog has called for much tougher government vetting of private companies selling Covid-19 tests to travellers, following revelations about poor service from “rogue” operators that it said had resulted in a lottery for customers.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) said the market for PCR tests, in which private businesses apply for inclusion on … Read more