Canada extends travel ban to August 31, launches COVID-19 contact tracing app

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada on Friday extended a measure barring most foreign travelers from entering the country and launched a new contact tracing app as part of its fight to control the “gate-crashing” coronavirus pandemic. Undated screengrab showing “COVID Alert”, a new contact tracing app rolled out by the Canadian government. App Store via REUTERS […]

Coronavirus: 10 die drinking sanitiser after Indian state shuts liquor shops

Image copyright EPA Image caption The hand sanitiser, not pictured, has been sent for additional testing At least 10 people have died after drinking alcohol-based sanitiser after liquor shops were closed in a village in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. The village of Kurichedu has been placed in lockdown after a local surge in […]

Scientists analyse chance of catching Covid-19 on train

Train passengers could be infected by coronavirus if they sit within 2.5 metres of someone carrying the disease on a two-hour journey, according to new research. Scientists from the University of Southampton’s WorldPop project also found that more than one-metre social distancing is required to be safe when travelling for one hour. The study was […]

Florida reports record increase in COVID-19 deaths for fourth day in a row

Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) leave with a patient at Hialeah Hospital where the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients are treated, in Hialeah, Florida, U.S., July 29, 2020. REUTERS/Marco Bello TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY (Reuters) – Florida reported a record increase in new COVID-19 deaths for a fourth day in a row on Friday, with 257 […]

Coronavirus: No automatic closure for Covid-19 schools

Image copyright Getty Images Schools will not automatically close if a pupil tests positive for coronavirus, the deputy first minister has said. John Swinney said the ‘test and protect’ tracing system would kick in first with “proportionate measures” taken to break community transmission of the virus. Mr Swinney insisted the Scottish government’s plan was to […]