Top UK health officials call for stricter Covid isolation and testing rules | Coronavirus

Senior health officials have drawn up advice saying the UK should bring back stricter isolation and testing rules for contacts of Covid cases, amid concerns that triggering plan B is not enough to stop the spread of Omicron.Top officials at the UK Health and Security Agency (UKHSA) have given three different options to help contain … Read more

New U.S. COVID-19 international travel testing rules take effect Monday

New U.S. COVID-19 international travel testing rules take effect Monday

WASHINGTON, Dec 2 (Reuters) – New rules requiring international air travelers arriving in the United States to obtain a negative COVID-19 test within one day of travel will take effect Monday at 12:01 a.m. ET (0501 GMT), according to an order issued late Thursday.Under current rules, vaccinated international air travelers can present a negative test … Read more

Covid-19: Queues form at testing sites in Nelson after positive case

Covid-19: Queues form at testing sites in Nelson after positive case

Queues have formed at testing sites in Nelson after a person in the community tested positive for Covid-19. The positive case was announced on Monday afternoon, followed a few hours later by locations of interest from November 19 onwards. Nelson Marlborough Medical Officer of Health Dr Stephen Bridgman​ said on Monday that the case, household … Read more

Keira Knightley, family in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19

Keira Knightley, family in quarantine after testing positive for COVID-19

‘I’ve got COVID and I’m feeling pretty rubbish,’ the Oscar winner said Keira Knightley and her family is in quarantine after contracting COVID-19, the acress revealed recently.Speaking during an interview with The Telegraph’s Stella magazine, the two-time Academy winner said,  “I’ve got COVID and I’m feeling pretty rubbish.” She went on to say that her daughters … Read more

Covid-19: Hawke’s Bay positive case picked up in routine testing at hospital ED

Covid-19: Hawke's Bay positive case picked up in routine testing at hospital ED

SUPPLIED/GOOGLE/StuffHawke’s Bay Hospital emergency department, where the Covid case was detected.A positive Covid-19 community case has been discovered in Hawke’s Bay, the Ministry of Health has announced. The person tested positive for Covid-19 as part of routine surveillance swabbing when they visited Hawke’s Bay Hospital’s Emergency Department after feeling unwell, the ministry said in a … Read more

Queensland records no new COVID-19 cases, health authorities to re-examine PCR testing ‘loophole’

Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken at a COVID-19 press conference

Queensland authorities will examine “a loophole” in the demand for COVID testing that could allow people to travel to hotspots and return to Queensland without being tested interstate.Acting Chief Health Officer Peter Aitken said the testing rules once the state’s borders open to COVID-19 hotspots would be reconsidered after he confirmed Queensland had recorded no new cases.Under … Read more

New hurdle for COVID-19 home testing – the holiday season

New hurdle for COVID-19 home testing – the holiday season

WASHINGTON (AP) Millions more home tests for COVID-19 are hitting store shelves, but will there be enough for Americans hoping to screen themselves before holiday gatherings? Gone are last year’s long lines to get tested, thanks to nearly a year of vaccinations, increased testing supplies and quicker options. But with many Americans unvaccinated and … Read more

Border zone COVID-19 testing could cost workers hundreds of dollars each week

Police direct traffic at a border checkpoint.

Thousands of people living in the Queensland-New South Wales border zone fear they will have to pay hundreds of dollars a fortnight just to commute to work once the border reopens.Key points:The Queensland roadmap states that from December 17 people crossing the border will require a negative test in the previous 72 hoursIt’s unclear if a special … Read more

Morocco plans additional airport COVID testing amid Europe surge

Morocco plans additional airport COVID testing amid Europe surge

RABAT, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Morocco will conduct rapid COVID-19 tests to passengers arriving in its airports and ports, and will deny access to any visitor with a positive result, the government said on Saturday.The measure, which strengthens an existing requirement of a negative PCR test 48 hours before departure, aims to protect the country … Read more

China donates 100,000 Covid-19 testing kits

Official says CPAFFC would continue to meet Pakistan’s critical needs in the future ISLAMABAD: Pakistan received another donation of 100,000 Covid-19 testing kits and sample releaser buffer from Chinese companies, as the country recorded a declining disease trend in the single-day tally of new cases and the fatality rate during the past 24 hours. The … Read more

People testing negative for Covid-19 despite exposure may have ‘immune memory’ | Coronavirus

We all know that person who, despite their entire household catching Covid-19, has never tested positive for the disease. Now scientists have found an explanation, showing that a proportion of people experience “abortive infection” in which the virus enters the body but is cleared by the immune system’s T-cells at the earliest stage meaning that … Read more

Randox: one-man-band operation became a Covid testing giant | Healthcare industry

As the Covid-19 pandemic swept towards the UK, a senior employee of the healthcare firm Randox addressed an audience of horse racing royalty, gathered amid the neoclassical splendour of Liverpool’s St George’s Hall.Randox, which had garnered a role within the “sport of kings” via its sponsorship of the Grand National, had developed a test for … Read more

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 1 new death, backlog in testing ‘unacceptable’

N.B. COVID-19 roundup: 1 new death, backlog in testing 'unacceptable'

Public Health reported another COVID-related death Friday and 51 new cases of the virus, pushing the active case count up for a second straight day to 477. A person 70 to 79 years old in the Edmundston region, Zone 4, has died because of COVID-19. This brings the pandemic death toll to 121. Only 319 COVID tests were … Read more

Extra Covid testing centre to open in east Christchurch after positive wastewater sample

Extra Covid testing centre to open in east Christchurch after positive wastewater sample

CHRIS SKELTON/StuffMore than 10,000 Covid-19 tests have been processed in Canterbury since the emergence of community cases last Thursday. (File photo)An extra Covid-19 testing centre will open in east Christchurch for two days as health officials work to explain a positive wastewater sample from that area. The Ministry of Health announced on Tuesday there were … Read more

Law group threatens to sue over Immensa Covid testing scandal | Health policy

The health secretary is facing legal action over the Immensa testing fiasco, in which about 43,000 people have been given false negative Covid results since September.The Good Law Project has sent a pre-action letter to Sajid Javid seeking answers over the scandal, which some experts believe has contributed to a rise in coronavirus cases in … Read more

Crypto exchange Bitfinex testing new AML compliance tool

Crypto exchange Bitfinex testing new AML compliance tool

Cryptocurrency exchanges Bitfinex is preparing to test out a new Anti-Money Laundering (AML) tool on its platform.The firm announced Wednesday that it will be testing a new solution designed for complying with the “Travel Rule,” an AML and Counter Financing of Terrorism regulation for financial institutions introduced by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) in 2019.Bitfinex partnered with … Read more

Covid testing failures at UK lab ‘should have been flagged within days’ | Coronavirus

Health officials should have known about major failings at a private Covid testing lab within days of the problem arising, rather than taking weeks to shut down operations at the site, senior scientists say.About 43,000 people, mostly in south-west England, are believed to have wrongly been told they did not have the virus by Immensa … Read more

Judi Love to miss Strictly Come Dancing after testing positive for Covid | Strictly Come Dancing

Strictly Come Dancing contestant Judi Love has tested positive for Covid-19, the BBC show has announced.The standup comedian and Loose Women panellist will miss this weekend’s shows with her professional dance partner, Graziano di Prima, but will return to compete the week after.The 41-year-old had been due to dance the cha-cha to Olivia Newton-John’s song … Read more

Italy’s New Law Requires Workers to Get Covid Vaccine or Testing

Italy's New Law Requires Workers to Get Covid Vaccine or Testing

ROME — Italy on Friday set a new bar for major Western democracies seeking to move beyond the pandemic by enacting a sweeping law that requires the nation’s entire work force — public and private — to have government-issued health passes, essentially forcing Italians to choose between getting a pass and earning a living.With the … Read more

Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital to introduce rapid testing after COVID-19 scare

Melbourne's Royal Children's Hospital to introduce rapid testing after COVID-19 scare

The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne will introduce mandatory rapid COVID-19 testing for visitors after a virus scare at the hospital’s neo-natal ICU.Key points:Victoria has recorded 1,571 new local cases and 13 deathsA parent visited the RCH neo-natal ICU and later tested positive to COVID-19The hospital says rapid antigen testing will begin for visitors this weekIt … Read more

SA to return to some dancing, stand-up drinking as COVID-19 testing requirements for Queensland travellers dropped

Man wearing police uniform talking and looking off camera

South Australians will be able to stand up and drink in beer gardens and other outdoor venues from Thursday, with the state’s authorities also set to ease COVID-19 testing requirements for travellers from south-east Queensland.Key points:Dancing will be allowed for up to 50 people at private functionsPeople will be able to stand up and drink … Read more