COVID-19 tests

  • Thailand tightens border surveillance as Myanmar infections rise
    BANGKOK, September 11 (Reuters): Authorities in Thailand tightened security on Friday along its border with Myanmar and carried out COVID-19 tests in nearby towns to try to keep the virus out, as Myanmar tackles a surge in cases amid a second wave of infections. Both countries have so far been spared the major outbreaks seen elsewhere in Asia, but Myanmar's quadrupling of its cases to 2,265 in less than a month has put Thailand on the alert. Footage broadcast by loc
  • Israeli hospital trials super-quick saliva test for COVID-19
    RAMAT GAN, Israel, August 13 (Reuters): A newly developed saliva test aims to determine in less than a second whether or not you are infected with the novel coronavirus, Israel's largest medical center said on Thursday. Patients rinse their mouth with a saline wash and spit into a vial. This is then examined by a small spectral device that, in simple terms, shines light on the specimen and analyses the reaction to see if it is consistent with COVID-19. With machine learn
  • DNSU questions functioning of Dimapur BSL-2 lab
    Dimapur, July 31 (MExN): The Dimapur Naga Students' Union (DNSU) on Friday issued a statement in support of the Naga Council Dimapur on July 30 press release questioning the functioning of the Dimapur BSL-2 lab. In the release, the DNSU demanded to know why the BSL-2 Lab at CIHSR been was rendered out of service and why the chemicals and reagents not restocked immediately. It also questioned the delay in results of more than 70 staff of NST Dimapur whose samples were collecte
  • Maharashtra crosses 2 million Covid tests-mark
    MUMBAI, JULY 29 (IANS): Maharashtra on Wednesday crossed the 2 million Covid-19 tests threshold mark, the highest in the country for any state, officials said, here. As per the official data, the state has conducted 20,21,437 tests -- 10,21,063 in government laboratories and 10,00,374 in private labs. Of these, only 407,877 (20.18 per cent) turned positive. The state accounts for the highest 391,440 Covid-19 cases, including 144,694 active cases, 14,165 fatalities and 232,277 rec
  • Corona backlash: Maha villagers defy Covid-19 tests
    RAIGAD, July 22 (IANS): Hundreds of angry Bodni villagers, including at least 2 Covid-19 patients, trooped out on the road to defy the government, police and medical teams coaxing them to undergo Covid-19 tests, officials said on Wednesday. The ire of the villagers was such that one of them allegedly attempted to spit on a PPE-clad medico, ostensibly to prove that nothing was wrong with them and they didn't require Covid tests. The ruckus was witnessed in the small coastal fi
  • Nagaland House Delhi: COVID-19 tests of 5 legislators return negative 
    Morung Express News  Dimapur | July 15   The results of five legislators from Nagaland, who underwent tests for COVID-19 on July 14, after coming into contact with an infected person, have returned negative.   The legislators, four ministers and an advisor undertook the test after a driver assigned to one of them test positive for the virus on July 13. The particular driver, who tested positive, was reportedly assigned to one of the legislators who are cur
  • Brazil military hand out masks to protect isolated Amazon tribes
    BOA VISTA, July 2 (Reuters) - Soldiers handed out masks to barefooted Yanomami indigenous people including body-painted warriors carrying spears and bows and arrows on Wednesday on the second day of a military operation to protect isolated tribes from COVID-19.   The Yanomami are the last major isolated people in the Amazon rainforest where dozens of indigenous communities have been infected with the latest disease to come from the outside to threaten their existence. &nb
  • WHO-led coalition says $31.3 billion needed for tools to fight COVID-19
    LONDON/GENEVA, June 26 (Reuters): A World Health Organization-led coalition fighting the COVID-19 pandemic is asking government and private sector donors to help raise $31.3 billion in the next 12 months to develop and deliver tests, treatments and vaccines for the disease.   Renewing its call on Friday for global collaboration against the pandemic, it said $3.4 billion had been contributed for the coalition to date, leaving a funding gap of $27.9 billion. Of that, $13.