Europe Global 

Rock star tour buses transformed for NHS workers

Music fans won’t need reminding there are no live gigs happening at the moment. As well as empty venues and festival fields, the tour buses that would normally ferry stars around the country are also out of action. But when Tarrant Anderson found himself armed with a fleet of vacant “hotels-on-wheels” he wanted to “do some good”. Despite his business being “decimated” by the lockdown he set out to hand them over to the NHS. Tarrant tells Newsbeat his touring company Vans For Bands was in full swing at the…

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Europe Global 

“No Evidence” People With Covid-19 Antibodies Are Immune From Second Infection, Says WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned there is “no evidence” that people with antibodies to Covid-19 have necessarily acquired immunity to the disease and are protected against a second infection. Some countries, such as Germany, are looking to roll out “immunity passports” that would allow people to be free from some lockdown measures if they can prove they have recovered from Covid-19. However, the WHO has warned governments against this idea as the effectiveness of antibody testing has not been proven.  “As of 24 April 2020, no study has evaluated…

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Asia Global 

New COVID-19 test developed in Singapore detects past infection within an hour

A new COVID-19 test that can rapidly assess if a person has been previously infected with the coronavirus is now available to hospitals in Singapore. Launched on Friday (May 15), the cPass serology test detects antibodies – formed by the body to fight off infections – in the blood or serum of patients. It is not used to check for active infection. Its main purpose rather, is for contact tracing, detecting asymptomatic cases and assessing herd immunity. Such serological tests have been used in Singapore for contact tracing. What is different about the new…

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Africa Global 

Eritrea says all COVID-19 patients have recovered

The Eritrean Ministry of Health on Saturday said that all of the 39 COVID-19 patients in the Horn of African country have recovered from the infectious disease. The Eritrean Ministry of Health, in a statement issued on Saturday, disclosed that all 39 COVID-19 patients in the country have recovered from the virus after the last patient “has recovered fully after standard tests at the National Laboratory and was released from hospital.” “This result means that all 39 confirmed cases in the country to-date have recovered fully,” the statement read. The…

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Asia Global 

Image of a weeping Rampukar Pandit becomes symbol of India’s migrant worker tragedy

Rampukar Pandit, who became a snapshot of India’s migrant tragedy with his photograph sobbing by a road in Delhi, is back in Bihar, broken at not being able to see his son before he died. “We labourers have no life, we are just a cog in the wheel, spinning continuously until we run out of life,” the 38-year-old said. The construction labourer, who worked at a cinema hall site in Delhi, was spotted weeping as he talked on the phone by the side of the Nizamuddin Bridge in Delhi by…

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