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Will gov t revise COVID-19 testing rules?

Will gov t revise COVID-19 testing rules?.....»»

Category: newsSource: cnnphilippines cnnphilippinesApr 17th, 2021

Millions more face English virus restrictions as cases spiral

Millions more people in northern England face stricter coronavirus rules next week, officials said Friday, as reports suggested the government is considering a nationwide lockdown. A digital display shows NHS health advice on the coronavirus in Leeds on October 30, 2020. – West Yorkshire is to be placed under tier three Covid restrictions from November 2, 2020, the strictest level of rules. (Photo by Lindsey Parnaby / AFP) From Monday, nearly 2.4 million residents in five districts of West Yorkshire, including in the city of Leeds, will be barred from socialising with other households indoors. Pubs and bars not serving “substantial meals” must close, alongside casinos and betting shops, while people have also been told to avoid unnecessary travel. The Department of Health said the measures were needed as infection rates in West Yorkshire were among the highest in the country and rising rapidly. The Times reported Friday that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was considering a return to a national lockdown to battle the surge. Johnson was expected to hold a press conference on Monday to announce new restrictions, which would close everything except “essential shops”, schools and universities, the paper said, quoting a government source. In its weekly study of Covid-19 prevalence, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the number of people with the virus had increased to around one in 100 nationwide. “There has been growth in all age groups over the past two weeks; older teenagers and young adults continue to have the highest current rates while rates appear to be steeply increasing among secondary school children,” it said. The country’s official science advisory panel warned in a report published Friday that the virus was spreading “significantly” faster and that hospitalisations were rising at a higher rate through England than its predicted “worst-case” scenario drawn up in July. The report said that in mid-October, shortly before new local rules were introduced, around four times as many people were catching Covid than anticipated in the July report. That study warned that 85,000 more people could die during the winter wave. West Yorkshire’s imminent restrictions are the latest step in the UK government’s localised response to the surging transmission, which has come under increasing scrutiny in recent weeks. More than 11 million people — about a fifth of England’s population — will be under the tightest measures from next week. Most of the areas in the “very high” category of the government’s three-tier Covid alert system are in northern and central parts of the country. Nottingham became the latest city to enter the highest tier Friday. On Thursday night, young people took to the streets in fancy dress and drank in large groups before a ban on alcohol sales in shops came into force at 2100 GMT. – ‘Targeted’ – The pandemic has hit Britain harder than any other country in Europe, with more than 45,000 people having died within 28 days of testing positive. Case rates are spiralling again after a lull, tracking the situation elsewhere on the continent. England is seeing nearly 52,000 new cases daily, a 47 percent weekly rise, according to the ONS, which conducts its analysis of households with the help of several universities and health bodies, and excludes people in hospitals and care homes.  Britain’s European neighbours and the devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have reimposed partial lockdowns to try to cut infection rates. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said Friday the government would continue its “targeted and focused” strategy of local restrictions in virus hotspots. “The arbitrariness of a blanket approach would be far worse than the effects of trying to be as targeted as possible,” he said. Meanwhile, a new study reported Friday that a Covid-19 variant originating in Spanish farm workers has spread rapidly throughout Europe in recent months and now accounts for most cases in Britain. The variant — called 20A.EU1 — is thought to have been spread from northeastern Spain by people returning from holidays there, according to the study, which is awaiting peer review in a medical journal. There is currently no evidence that the strain spreads faster or impacts illness severity and immunity......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

MLB players begin reporting for tests as first workouts near

By DAVE SKRETTA AP Sports Writer Yoán Moncada has spent the past couple of months working out in what he called a “controlled and limited environment” in Florida, where the White Sox slugger could continue to get at-bats while protecting himself from the coronavirus. That's a good description of the environment that greeted him upon his return to Chicago. Players began reporting to their teams and home ballparks Wednesday in the most significant step yet as Major League Baseball presses ahead with its plan for a 60-game sprint of a season. Most players underwent a battery of health checks, not only for COVID-19 but also for any other lingering ailments from spring training, ahead of planned workouts beginning Friday and Saturday. “We were doing workouts by time, you know? You have to reserve a time. I wasn't interacting with a lot of people there,” Moncada said of his sessions in Florida. “The last couple of weeks I started lifting a little bit. I was hitting with limitations that we had during this situation. But I feel good. I'm ready to go.” Much like other clubs, the White Sox intend to split their 60-man roster into two groups, one working out in the morning and the other in the afternoon. All players will have their temperatures checked multiple times each day, observe increased social distancing and get accustomed to stringent safeguards that MLB has put into place for the season. “That's going to be different to see and feel as a team,” Moncada said. “We'll have to wait and see Friday how it goes.” The Yankees won't hold their first full-team workout until Saturday, even though manager Aaron Boone said players began intake testing Wednesday. That's when he plans to address the team for the first time — also in waves. “We’ll have to get creative with how we communicate,” said Boone, who plans to make the same speech three or four times. Faced with the prospect of playing 60 games in 66 days, time-consuming safety protocols, the responsibility to remain diligent health-wise off the field and the general anxiety of working amid a pandemic, Boone believes focus and toughness can be as important to a team this season as baserunning or bullpen management. “How do you deal with that mentally and emotionally?” Boone asked. “How you’re able to separate that out when you take the field each and every night? There’s an advantage to be had there." After gauging workloads for pitchers during the shutdown, Boone expects his starters will be ready to face live hitters on the first day of summer camp. He plans to stay flexible on usage and may consider using a six-man rotation or openers, but nothing has been determined yet as all teams adjust to a new norm. “An injury can wipe out a season in a hurry,” Boone said, adding that he’s likely to be cautious with players early after New York placed a major league record 30 players on the injured list a total of 39 times last season. Orioles general manager Mike Elias said there had been no positive tests for COVID-19 among players and staff who were examined Wednesday, but he acknowledged that “it's going to be an ongoing process.” Elias has thus far named only 44 players of the 60 available to participate in the preseason workout. He will decide later which prospects will fill out the preseason roster in advance of a projected season-opener July 23 or July 24. And despite rising numbers of COVID-19 across the country, and a few players opting out, most players and executives have been bullish on the season taking place. They believe in protocols hammered out during lengthy negotiations between MLB and its players' association and are eager to provide fans with some much-needed diversion. “We’ve got to make sure we understand best practices in social distancing, make sure we know we are keeping ourselves not only apart from one another but also behaving in a way that’s consistent to what’s going to keep us all healthy," Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said. “Provided we can all work together to comply with these protocols and respect — as I said earlier —- respect each other and respect the rules, I’m optimistic that we can make this happen.” ___ AP Sports Writers David Ginsburg, Jake Seiner and Mike Fitzpatrick contributed to this report......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJul 2nd, 2020

US Congress said virus tests should be free — but who’s paying?

Hospitals around the country are afraid to send out hundreds of thousands of bills related to COVID-19 testing. That’s because Congress mandated there would be no copays and no out-of-pocket costs for patients. But many employers with self-funded health plans seem to believe they’re exempt from the rules. When testing kits were still scarce, Vanderbilt […] The post US Congress said virus tests should be free — but who’s paying? appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 26th, 2020

Not the kindof COVID testing

So, if indeed only a “virtual” rally will be done in today’s Labor Day, it meets the no close physical contact lockdown rules of the government......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 30th, 2020

PGA Tour hopes to resume in June at Colonial with no fans

By DOUG FERGUSON AP Golf Writer The PGA Tour laid out an ambitious plan Thursday to resume its season the second week of June and keep fans away for at least a month, conceding that any return to golf depends on whether it can be played safely amid the coronavirus outbreak. The Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, was pushed back to June 11-14. Assuming golf gets the green light from government and health officials, the tour then would have an official tournament every week through Dec. 6 except for a Thanksgiving break. “Our hope is to play a role — responsibly — in the world’s return to enjoying the things we love,” PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said. “But as we’ve stressed on several occasions, we will resume competition only when ... it is considered safe to do so under the guidance of the leading public health authorities.” Golf is the first sport to announce plans for a restart, although its arenas are far different from other sports because it is played over some 400 acres. It was the second significant step to try to salvage the year, following last week’s announcement of three majors — including the Masters in November — going later in the year. Even as it announced a truncated schedule, several key details were still being contemplated, such as testing for COVID-19 at tournaments. “We have a level of confidence that is based upon ... changes and developments being made in the world of testing, available tests,” said Andy Pazder, the tour’s chief officer of tournaments and competition. “We’re following very closely, through the assistance of our expert medical advisers, the development of more large-scale testing capabilities. ... It gives us confidence that we will be able to develop a strong testing protocol that will mitigate risk as much as we possibly can.” The RBC Heritage at Hilton Head, previously canceled this week, was brought back to be played after Colonial on June 18-21. Those dates previously belonged to the U.S. Open at Winged Foot, which plans to move to September. That would be followed by the Travelers Championship in Connecticut and the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit. The tour said its invitation-based tournaments — Colonial, Hilton Head and the Memorial — would have their fields expanded to 144 players. Memorial, with Jack Nicklaus as the host, takes the July 16-19 week that had belonged to the British Open before it was canceled. The World Golf Championship in Memphis, Tennessee, now has the dates (July 30-Aug. 2) when the Olympics were to be played. If all goes according to plan, the season would end on Sept. 7 at the Tour Championship with a FedEx Cup champion getting the $15 million bonus. That would be a 36-tournament schedule, down from 48 tournaments on the original schedule. Three more tournaments were canceled, one permanently. The Canadian Open, the third-oldest on the PGA Tour schedule, said it would not be played this year. Also canceled was the Barbasol Championship in Kentucky, typically held the same week as the British Open. The Greenbrier tournament in West Virginia was canceled for good. The tour had only 40 events in 2013, a short season to prepare for the start of its wraparound season that now begins in the fall. Even so, it could lead to a peculiar two seasons. The current season could have only one major championship; the PGA Championship is scheduled for Aug. 6-9 at Harding Park in San Francisco. The following season could have two Masters, two U.S. Opens, the PGA Championship and the British Open. Other details the tour still has to sort out was who fell under the “essential” category that would be allowed at tournaments beyond players, caddies, scoring official, rules officials and support staff. Pazder said at least 25 players are outside the U.S., along with at least 35 caddies, all subject to international travel restrictions. “We are playing very close attention to if and when those restrictions are changed,” he said. Tyler Dennis, the tour’s chief of operations, said officials also were considering the movement of everyone who would be at a golf tournament. Social distancing in golf is not difficult; some people continue to play golf in states where courses remain open. Still to be determined is how to keep other areas, even the flag stick, sanitized......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 17th, 2020

Quarantine, testing rules for inbound travelers revised

A mandatory 14-day quarantine for all travelers entering the Philippines has been imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases, Malacañang confirmed yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News12 hr. 20 min. ago

COVID-19 stricken ship from India arrives in Philippines

A Panama-flagged container vessel that stopped in India, with 12 of 21 Filipino crewmembers testing positive for COVID-19, was allowed to anchor off Sangley Point in Cavite City last Thursday after a request for “immediate medical evacuation.”.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated News12 hr. 20 min. ago

IATF OKs COVID-19 testing on 7th day from arrival

After the 10th day, inbound travelers will be endorsed to their respective local governments to complete the mandatory 14-day quarantine......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 7th, 2021

OCTA pushes intensified swab test as cases drop

Metro Manila should double its COVID-19 testing capacity to 60,000 a day to handle any sudden upsurge in cases, a researcher tracking the pandemic said Sunday......»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 2nd, 2021

4 residenteng pumila sa community pantry ni Angel nagpositibo sa COVID-19

APAT sa mga dumalo sa pa-birthday community pantry ni Angel Locsin noong Biyernes, Abril 23, ang nagpositibo sa COVID-19 matapos sumailalim ang mga ito sa libreng swab test. Ayon sa report, kusang nagtungo sa testing center ng Quezon City ang apat na pumila sa pantry ni Angel matapos mabalitaan ang libreng swab test. Matatandaang nanawagan […] The post 4 residenteng pumila sa community pantry ni Angel nagpositibo sa COVID-19 appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 29th, 2021

Partner with Quezon City’s COVID-19 testing, businesses urged

A Quezon City councilor has asked businesses in the city to partner with the local government to intensify community-based testing......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 28th, 2021

Emirates, Dubai Health Authority begin implementing digital verification of COVID-19 medical records for UAE based travelers

Dubai---Emirates and the Dubai Health Authority have begun to implement full digital verification of COVID-19 medical records connected to testing and vaccination for travelers based in the UAE......»»

Category: techSource:  thestandardRelated NewsApr 28th, 2021

Protests in London against remaining UK COVID rules

Huge crowds protested in London on Saturday against Britain's remaining coronavirus restrictions, the mandatory use of masks and the possible introduction of so-called vaccine passports......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 25th, 2021

Rocco nagbukas ng sariling COVID testing center; Anthony, Hannah bida sa Heart Of Asia summer station ID

TULUY-TULOY pa rin ang pagtulong ng Kapuso actor na si Rocco Nacino sa mga kababayan nating nawalan ng kabuhayan at trabaho na naapektuhan ng pandemya. Bukod sa pakikiisa sa mga relief at medical mission sa iba’t ibang panig ng bansa bilang isang registered nurse at  Philippine Navy reservist, namimigay din ng ayuda ang aktor sa mga […] The post Rocco nagbukas ng sariling COVID testing center; Anthony, Hannah bida sa Heart Of Asia summer station ID appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 25th, 2021

Robredo turns 56 in isolation

Despite testing negative for COVID-19, Vice President Leni Robredo spent her 56th birthday yesterday in self-isolation upon the advice of her doctor......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 24th, 2021

Duterte not inclined to relax quarantine protocols for OFWs

President Duterte is not inclined to relax the testing and quarantine protocols for returning overseas Filipino workers, saying COVID-19 can be transmitted easily......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 22nd, 2021

Tighter rules needed with airborne COVID spread

Tighter rules needed with airborne COVID spread.....»»

Category: newsSource:  cnnphilippinesRelated NewsApr 19th, 2021

Hospitalized for COVID-19, tycoon Lucio Tan in stable condition

Billionaire Lucio Tan was taken to the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, her daughter confirmed after rumors swirled yesterday that the tycoon was ill......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 18th, 2021

Feeling neglected, artists ask gov’t for aid, free COVID-19 testing

Groups of artists are urging the government to provide them aid and free COVID-19 testing as they lament feeling neglected in the country’s response to the pandemic......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2021

DICT, San Juan launch COVID-19 vaccine registry

The Department of Information and Communications Technology and the San Juan city government are pilot testing the country’s COVID-19 vaccine registry......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 17th, 2021