Covid19 Europe 

The Netherlands to trial rapid and home coronavirus tests

With many believing that rapid tests and home tests could be key in allowing the country to come out of lockdown, the Netherlands is launching 10 large-scale pilots to determine the usability of the tests. The Netherlands piloting rapid and home tests Extensive research has already shown that these types of coronavirus tests are effective and reliable, and now 10 short-term trials will be used to determine whether their large-scale use is realistic or practical. Eight of the 10 pilots will take place at educational institutions in Groningen, Delft, Amsterdam,…

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Covid19 Healthcare South America 

Health officials race to track down Brazil variant in UK

Health officials are hunting for a mystery Covid patient thought to be one of the first in the UK to have a Brazilian variant that may spread more rapidly and respond less well to vaccines. Six individuals infected with the “variant of concern” have been detected in the UK, officials said on Sunday night. Public Health England (PHE) has admitted it has no idea who one of them is, nor where the person was tested. Health officials have begun a scramble to try to find the person and track down…

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Covid19 Healthcare 

Coronavirus: test locations for Sunday 

The health ministry announced 62 rapid test sites for Sunday, reminding teachers and school staff to get tested for coronavirus. The highest number of test sites are in Nicosia, 24, while 21 sites will be operating in Limassol, which traced the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the last two weeks. Rapid testing is offered for free by the health ministry, as a percentage of employees in every company and organisation must get tested for coronavirus every week according to a decree. The instructions are stricter for teachers and school…

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Australasia Covid19 Healthcare 

New Zealand vs Australia: 4th T20I shifted to Wellington as Auckland enters Covid-19 lockdown

New Zealand’s 4th T20I against Australia has been shifted out of Auckland as the city enters a 7-day lockdown from Sunday. The match was initially supposed to be played in Auckland but it will be moved to Wellington, which also will host the 3rd T20I of a 5-match series. Both the 3rd and 4th T20I, scheduled for March 3 and 5, will be played behind closed doors in Wellington, New Zealand Cricket said. The itinerary of the New Zealand women’s team home Twenty20 series against England will also be affected.…

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Africa Covid19 Healthcare 

COVID-19: Kenya records 181 new cases, 88 recoveries, 1 death

The Ministry of Health on Saturday announced that 181 people tested positive for COVID-19 out of a sample size of 5,577 tested in the last 24 hours, taking the total confirmed infections to 105,648. From the cases, 159 are Kenyans while 22 are foreigners; 112 are males and 69 are females, while the youngest is a two-month-old infant and the oldest is 86. Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe, in a statement to newsrooms, said 88 patients recovered from the coronavirus; 46 were discharged from various health facilities, while 42 are…

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