Covid-19 Testing

Politics • American • US
CDC reverses Covid-19 testing guidance after controversy
CDC reverses Covid-19 testing guidance after controversy
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reversed their testing guidelines Friday, which previously stated that asymptomatic people who were in contact with an infected person "do not necessarily need a test."

The update now states that "due to the significance of asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic transmission, this guidance further reinforces the need to test asymptomatic persons, including close contacts of a person with documented SARS-CoV-2 infection."

The CDC recommends testing for "all close contacts of persons with SARS-CoV-2 infection" as it is "important that contacts of individuals with SARS-CoV-2 infection be quickly identified and tested."

Politics • European • Germany
Germany reports increase of weekly Covid-19 tests from 578,000 to 875,000 tests in two weeks
Germany reports increase of weekly Covid-19 tests from 578,000 to 875,000 tests in two weeks
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Germany has increased the number of conducted Covid-19 tests over the past weeks, partly due to compulsory testing of returning travelers from risk areas.

According to data from the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) in calendar week 31 a total of 578,000 Covid-19 tests had been conducted, in calendar week 32 the number had gotten up to 875,000 Covid-19 tests.

Out of the 250 registered laboratories that process Covid-19 tests, 41 laboratories had mentioned delivery problems for reagents.

According to the RKI, some products are highly dependent on individual manufacturers. In addition consumables, and reagents are only stored for short periods of time in the laboratories, among other reasons because of limited shelf life.

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United States FDA authorize saliva-based Covid-19 test funded by NBA and NBPA
United States FDA authorize saliva-based Covid-19 test funded by NBA and NBPA
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A saliva-based Covid-19 test developed by the Yale University and funded by the National Basketball Association and the National Basketball Players Association has gotten emergency authorization by the United States Food and Drug Administration.

The new salvia test from Yale University only costs around $4, compared to $60 in the best cased for the competing salvia test that has been developed at Rutgers University lap. Both tests have been granted the same permission by the Food and Drug Administration.

Politics • European • Germany
Germany fails to inform 900 people that tested positive for Covid-19

The Health Minister of the state Bavaria and the President of the Bavarian State Office for Health and Food Safety have announced that out of 85,000 Covid-19 tests around 44,000 results haven't been communicated to the tested people.

Among these results are 900 positives ones. According to Bavarian Health Minister Melanie Huml "there is a transmission problem, there's nothing to gloss over" as most of the data needs the be entered manually into the systems.

She stated that is has top priority to inform the people that have testes positive and that they should be informed by noon tomorrow. Currently, the wait for test results takes often a week or longer.

Politics • American • US
Ohio Gov. DeWine second Covid-19 test came back negative
Ohio Gov. DeWine second Covid-19 test came back negative
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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) announced late Thursday that he had tested negative for Covid-19, after initially testing positive shortly before he was scheduled to meet President Trump in Cleveland. The positive result came from an antigen test, which brings faster results but is believed to be less reliable. The second test was a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) which delivered a negative result.

"In a second COVID-19 test administered today in Columbus, Governor Mike DeWine has tested negative for COVID-19. First Lady Fran DeWine and staff members have also all tested negative," Gov. DeWine announced on Twitter.

Politics • American • US
Florida surpasses half a million Covid-19 cases, reports over 7,700 deaths
Ron DeSantis
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As of Wednesday, Florida has reported over 500,000 Covid-19 cases since March, and the state's death toll has surpassed 7,700. Governor Ron DeSantis announced Monday that the state would try to speed up testing by implementing "symptomatic testing lanes" at testing sites aimed specifically at people with Covid-19 symptoms who should get their results in 2-3 days.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Germany: Berlin airports begins mass Covid-19 testing
Berlin Tegel Airport
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Berlin airports began large scale and free Covid-19 testing on Wednesday. The Berlin Brandenburg Airport Company (FBB), the Charité and the Berlin Senate planned that returnees from high-risk areas could be tested as soon as they land on the German capital.

Passengers with a negative coronavirus test result will not be required to go into the 14 days domestic quarantine.

Politics • European
Austria mandates Covid-19 test for entering the country from risk areas
Austria mandates Covid-19 test for entering the country from risk areas
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According to the Austrian Ministry of Health a 14-day home quarantine will be mandatory after visiting or coming from a risk area, even if a negative Covid-19 test result can be shown.

The ministry stated that "the possibility of using the 14-day home quarantine instead of a PCR test will no longer exist for entries from countries with entry restrictions". Austrian citizens and people living in Austria can in "justified exceptional cases" undergo a Covid-19 test within 48 hours of arriving in Austria, all others need to present a test result at the border which is less than 72 hours old.

The final official regulation text and the list of areas classified as risk areas is still due to be published by the ministry.

Politics • American • Brazil
Brazilian laboratories will have 24 hours to notify Covid-19 test results to the Ministry of Health
Brazilian laboratories will have 24 hours to notify Covid-19 test results to the Ministry of Health
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The Brazilian Ministry of Health published Tuesday an ordinance stating every Covid-19 test in the country should be notified within 24 hours. According to the WHO Brazil is underreporting its cases of the new coronavirus and the new ordinance aims to get a more accurate overview of the outbreak.

The new rule applies to public, private and university laboratories. The ordinance provides for notification of any result, whether positive, negative, or inconclusive and does not depend on the methodology used.

Politics • Asian
Bangladesh: Thousands of Covid-19 tests allegedly with fake results
Mohammad Shahed
Mohammad Shahed Credit: Twitter (Reproduction)

The hospital owner Mohammad Shahed has been detained by the Bangladesian police as he tried fleeing to India over allegations that clinics in Uttara and Mirpur issued certificates for negative Covid-19 results without testing the patients.

According to police spokesman Colonel Ashique Billah that had talked to AFP Shahed's "hospitals carried out 10,500 coronavirus tests, out of which 4,200 were genuine and the rest, 6,300 test reports, were given without conducting tests". Over a dozen people have been arrested following the allegations of fake test results.

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For the first time 200,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in a single day
For the first time 200,000 people have tested positive for Covid-19 in a single day
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On July 2 the world has reached another milestone in the Covid-19 pandemic. For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, 200,000 people have been reportedly tested positive for Covid-19 in a single day. Currently, over 4,3 million active cases are reported worldwide.

Politics • American • US
C.D.C warns that US "probably recognized about 10 percent of the outbreak"
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield (l) with Dr. Anthony Fauci (r) at the Vaccine Research Center, 2018
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield (l) with Dr. Anthony Fauci (r) at the Vaccine Research Center, 2018 Credit: NIH Image Gallery from Bethesda, Maryland, USA (Public Domain)

On Thursday, C.D.C. director Dr Robert Redfield warned that the numbers of Covid-19 infections are most likely to be 10 times higher than the official numbers of 2.3 million, basing these assumptions on recent antibody test results.

"Now that serology tests are available, which test for antibodies, the estimates we have right now show about 10 times more people have antibodies in the jurisdictions tested than had documented infections," so Redfield.

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American Red Cross starts tests for Covid-19 antibodies in blood donations
Press Release Image
Press Release Image Credit: American Red Cross / Website

The American Red Cross has announced that it'll test "all blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies" for a limited amount of time.

The goal is to give donors feedback if they have been exposed to the virus. Patients will be able to see their test results through the Red Cross Blood Donor App or at their donor portal at redcross.org.

Transportation • Air Transportation & Traffic, Flying
Lufthansa to offer Covid-19 testing at Frankfurt and Munich airports
Lufthansa to offer Covid-19 testing at Frankfurt and Munich airports
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Starting on early July Lufthansa plans to offer Covid-19 tests at airports in Frankfurt and Munich. An outsourced company will conduct the tests, and results will be available within four hours.

Politics • European • United Kingdom
UK's Covid-19 Test & Trace System Faulty
Illustration of Covid-19 Testing
Illustration of Covid-19 Testing Credit: unsplash.com/ United Nations COVID-19 Response

According to reports of The Independent, UK's newly launched Test & Trace Computer System is experiencing access troubles. Several NHS nurses weren't able to log into the system, leaving them unable to work. Meanwhile, Matt Hancock has denied allegation suggesting the tracing system was a scapegoat to distract from the controversy surrounding Dominic Cumming.

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Dogs taught to recognize smell of Covid-19 infections
Dogs taught to recognize smell of Covid-19 infections
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In a pilot study by the University of Helsinki, researchers have taught dogs to pick up on the smell of Covid-19 infections. According to the study, it took only a few weeks until the first dogs were able to distinguish urine samples from Covid-19 patients from the urine of healthy individuals. As a next step, a randomized, double-blind study with a larger scale of samples will be prepared.

Politics • Asian • China
Wuhan has completed over 2.4 million tests for Covid-19 in two days

The Chinese city of Wuhan, where the Covid-19 originated, has successfully tested around 2.4 million people in just two days. The city council had ordered the mass testing with the goal to find hidden carriers and prevent a second wave of outbreaks, as the lockdown in the city has been eased. Wuhan plans on continuing the testing with the aim to test all 11 million residents.

Politics • American • South America
Argentinean researchers developed a fast and low-cost Covid-19 test
NEOKIT-COVID-19 Package
NEOKIT-COVID-19 Package

Five researchers from Argentinean CONICET have developed NEOKIT-COVID-19, a new kit to test for Covid-19 in less than two hours.

Argentinean Health Ministry expects the first 10,000 tests to be produced in the next 10 days, while capacity should be ramped up to 100,000 weekly tests in the short term.

Politics • European
Spanish study estimates 5% of population affected by Covid-19

A study, by the Carlos III Health Institute and the National Statistics Institute, estimates that about 5% of the overall Spanish population had contracted the novel coronavirus. This estimation is about 10 times higher than the actual tally of diagnosed cases suggests.

Politics • Asian • China
Wuhan plans on testing all 11 million residents for Covid-19

The different city districts of Wuhan have been ordered to submit plans on how to test their whole population within ten days. The city plans to test all of its 11 million citizens while focusing on vulnerable groups and real estate compounds first.