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Coronavirus test kits that can deliver results within 12 minutes will be available in Boots within a fortnight, the retailer said

The high-speed Covid test, which was found to be 97% accurate in testing, will cost £ 120 and is for those who don’t have symptoms but want some peace of mind

Those who suspect they have contracted the virus are still advised to make an appointment at an NHS testing center

Boots chief executive Sebastian James said the company did not want to « make a profit »

The unions criticized the Treasury’s decision to allow the temporary suspension of VAT on personal protective equipment (PPE) to expire, calling the decision « unbelievable »

The Treasury reduced VAT on PPE to 0% in May, with the reduction applying to items such as face masks and aprons purchased by nursing homes, businesses, charities and individuals to protect against the virus

It was originally scheduled to return to 20% in August, but was extended until October 31 at an estimated cost of around £ 255million for the six-month period

The Labor Party said the Treasury has confirmed the suspension will not be extended, with shadow Treasury Secretary James Murray calling the move « the last thing » families need

High school may face lawsuits after student with learning disabilities was expelled for not wearing a face mask, reports Camilla Turner

Brockhill Arts Performing Arts College in Kent could be accused by lawyers of failing to fulfill its obligations under the Equality Act after suspending a student who suffers from deficit disorder ‘attention with hyperactivity (ADHD)

The pupil has an « education, health and care plan », which means that he has been officially assessed by the local authorities and considered to have special educational needs and is legally entitled to additional help

South Korean company Celltrion said on Monday it had received emergency use authorization from the US Food & Drug Administration for its Covid-19 Sampinutes rapid test kit

Celltrion said Sampinute delivers coronavirus test results in 10 minutes, with sensitivity of around 94%

The authorization came three months after the application for approval in late July The product was launched in the United States in August, according to the company statement

« (The Company) plans to supply Sampinute across the United States through local wholesalers, as it estimates that demand for rapid diagnostic kits will be high, primarily among large corporations and government agencies that are about to return to work after telecommuting, « he said in a statement

Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was called on to resign on Monday as doubts swirled over the support he is commanding, after the king rejected his request to declare a state of emergency to fight the pandemic of coronavirus

Muhyiddin had called for an emergency rule amid another spike in infections in Malaysia and a global pandemic that has hit the economy But critics accused him of using it as a pretext to suspend Parliament and avoid a test of its rock-solid parliamentary majority

King Al-Sultan Abdullah’s rejection seen as further eroding of Muhyiddin’s grip on power, a month after opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said he had majority support in parliament, including deserters from the ruling alliance, to form a new government

Dismissing Muhyiddin’s request on Sunday, the king also called on politicians to end any policies that could destabilize a government that he said had handled the pandemic well

A lockdown of Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, will be eased after the country’s coronavirus epicenter went 24 hours without a new infection for the first time in four months, the prime minister said on Monday from the State of Victoria, Daniel Andrews

With the infections now under control, Mr. Andrews said most restrictions would be eased in two phases from Tuesday, which should jumpstart Australia’s struggling economy

M Andrews said people would be free to leave their homes from Tuesday while restaurants, cafes, shops, bars and hotels would be allowed to reopen

The head of the United Nations said on Sunday that « the Covid-19 pandemic is the greatest crisis of our time »

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened an online session of the World Health Summit calling for global solidarity in the global crisis and demanding that developed countries support health systems in the country short of resources

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Several of the leaders and experts who spoke at the opening stressed the need to cooperate across borders

« No one is safe from Covid-19 No one is safe until we are all safe, » said German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier

« Even those who conquer the virus within their own borders remain trapped within those borders until it is conquered everywhere »

More than 42 million people have been infected with the virus and more than one million have died

Scots who test positive for Covid-19 should be quarantined in hotels over fears orders to self-isolate will be largely ignored, expert said

Professor Hugh Pennington says requisitioning hotels may be ‘the only solution’ to what he suspects is widespread non-compliance

He became the latest expert to back the adoption of South Korean-style ‘Covid hotels’, telling the Telegraph they have also proven successful in countries like New Zealand and Australia

A U.S. school district superintendent said a Massachusetts high school will switch to fully distance learning after students attended a house party where they shared a drink and didn’t wearing masks

Superintendent John Buckey said in a letter to families on Sunday that the action was in response to Friday’s house party with young people who ‘generally ignored’ Covid rules

M Buckley wrote that he understood « the desire of young people to be together, as far away from adults as possible », but that ignoring the rules « could harm the community as a whole »

Kent high school may face legal action after pupil with learning difficulties was kicked out for not wearing a mask

The pupil has an « education, health and care plan », which means that he has been officially assessed by the local authorities and considered to have special educational needs and is legally entitled to additional help

Official guidelines from the Ministry of Education state that students should not be sent home if they are not wearing a mask

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced on Sunday that his coronavirus cabinet voted to reopen the school for children in grades 1 to 4 on November 1

Older children will be divided into ‘capsules’, and children in younger classes will attend alternate days to reduce class sizes

Israeli schools opened for the school year on September 1 but quickly switched to distance education as a coronavirus outbreak spread The government then imposed a month-long lockdown that shut down a large part of the economy

After mismanaging the lifting of a first lockdown earlier this year, Israel is acting cautiously this time around

Preschools reopened last week and older children are to return to school gradually on a phased plan over the coming weeks

Mexican health officials have acknowledged that the country’s actual death toll from the coronavirus pandemic is much higher than previously thought, with 193,170 ‘excess’ deaths during the year ending September 26

The official death toll confirmed by testing in Mexico is only around 89,000, but officials previously admitted that many people have not been tested or their tests have been mismanaged

Authorities previously presented an estimated 103,882 death toll, after accounting for mismanaged tests But the health ministry said on Sunday it had scanned databases for the latest figure

The analysis noted symptoms related to Covid-19 mentioned on death certificates even though they were not listed as the cause of death

Donald Trump has claimed progress in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, even as the United States sets records for daily infections

This prompted Democratic challenger Joe Biden to accuse the president of surrendering to the pandemic

In two days, the United States recorded its highest number of new Covid cases – around 84,000 on Friday and 79,900 on Saturday

The pandemic, which has caused more than 225,000 deaths nationwide and left millions of Americans without jobs, remains at the forefront of the presidential race

Even as the pandemic increased in many parts of the country, Mr. Trump said at an airport rally in New Hampshire: « There is no nation in the world that has recovered like we have recovered »

« We come, we round the round, we have the vaccines, we have everything Even without the vaccines, we round the round, » said M Trump applauding his supporters – many don’t wear face masks or follow social distancing recommendations

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows told CNN’s State of the Union program: « We are not going to control the pandemic We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics and other areas of mitigation « 

M Biden seized on these comments, claiming that Mr. Meadows « admired admirably this morning that the administration has given up even trying to control this pandemic, that it has given up on its fundamental duty to protect the American people »

« This was not a slip from Meadows, it was a heartfelt acknowledgment of President Trump’s strategy since the start of this crisis: to wave the white flag of defeat and hope that by ignoring it, the virus just go away It is not and it will not be, « said M Biden

With a week before the November 3 presidential election, the White House cited the status of Mr. Pence as « essential worker » to justify his campaign trip, despite the exposure of his chief of staff, Marc Short, who tested positive on Saturday

Several main collaborators of M Pence also tested positive, White House chief of staff said

M Pence spoke at a rally in Kinston, North Carolina on Sunday and will be in Hibbing, Minnesota on Monday

China has reported 20 new confirmed cases and 161 new asymptomatic cases of Covid, the national health authority said on Monday It follows an upsurge in asymptomatic infections in the northwestern region of Xinjiang

The National Health Commission said in a statement that all new confirmed cases were infections imported from overseas

Of the 161 new asymptomatic infections, which China does not classify as confirmed cases, 138 were transmitted locally

Kashgar, Xinjiang region, began testing its 475 million people on Saturday after detecting an asymptomatic patient at a garment factory Another 137 asymptomatic cases were reported on Sunday due to ongoing testing

A total of 85,810 confirmed cases of Covid have been recorded in mainland China, while death toll remains unchanged at 4,634

Singapore temporarily suspended the use of two influenza vaccines as a precaution after some people who received them in South Korea died, becoming one of the first countries to publicly announce the cessation of use vaccines

South Korea reported that 48 people died on Saturday after being vaccinated against the flu, but said it would continue with the state-run vaccination program as they found no direct link between deaths and vaccines

No influenza vaccination-associated deaths have been reported in Singapore, but the decision to stop using SKYCellflu Quadrivalent and VaxigripTetra was a precautionary measure, the Department of Health and the Ministry of Health said on Sunday evening. Health Sciences Authority (HAS)

Australian health authorities on Monday reported no new coronavirus cases or deaths in Victoria state, which has spent months under heavy restrictions after becoming the epicenter of the country’s second wave

This was the first 24-hour period without any new cases reported in the state since Melbourne’s five million people were locked up after security concerns at quarantine hotels housing international travelers returned triggered a major outbreak in July

Under the lockdown, residents of the town – Australia’s second largest – have been barred from leaving their homes for non-essential reasons and have spent months under a nighttime curfew

Some restrictions were lifted last week allowing the return of haircuts and rounds of golf, but a new easing slated for Sunday has been delayed to assess thousands of test results after a small outbreak in the north from the city

Pressure is mounting on the authorities to allow the city more freedom, with a litany of rules still in place despite the drop in the number of cases

Masks are mandatory, restaurants are limited to take-out and delivery, non-essential stores must remain closed, and travel outside of the greater Melbourne area or beyond 25 kilometers (16 miles) is prohibited. ) from home

The city’s second round of stay-at-home restrictions began in July, when Victoria state recorded around 190 new cases per day, rising to 700 in August

The rest of Victoria already enjoys fewer restrictions, with gyms set to reopen and outdoor concerts starting Tuesday

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