Coronavirus Cases In Massachusetts Reach 646 After 121 New Positive Tests
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health released the latest coronavirus numbers.The spike of positive tests in recent days is partially the result of increased testing capabilities at a state level. As of Sunday, over 6,004 people have been tested.
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The United Kingdom’s efforts to ramp up public testing for the coronavirus suffered a setback Monday after key components of some tests due to be imported became contaminated with coronavirus.
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Eurofins Scientific, a testing laboratory company based in Luxembourg, sent an email Monday morning informing government laboratories in the U.K. that delivery of key “probes and primers” for coronavirus tests would be delayed after traces of the coronavirus were found on the supplies, The Daily Telegraph reported.
It was not clear in the email how the tests became contaminated. Eurofins Scientific insisted other private coronavirus test suppliers have experienced similar problems.
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Meanwhile, the British government has faced criticism for its slow rollout of coronavirus testing for the general public, when compared to other wealthier nations, including the United States, Germany and South Korea, the Telegraph reported.
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At least 1,408 people have died in the U.K., which ranks sixth in the worldwide tally of coronavirus deaths. The U.K. is the eighth most-infected nation, recording at least 22,465 confirmed cases by Tuesday, according to Johns Hopkins University.
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The government initially decided to only test those hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms and National Health Service staff for COVID-19. Until two weeks ago, only hospitals run by Public Health England (PHE) were permitted to conduct coronavirus testing.
PHE and Downing Street clashed over the weekend over unclear national testing figures. PHE said the U.K. now has the capacity to test 10,000 people per day. From Friday to Saturday morning, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) reported less than 7,000 had undergone tests. PHE later said just above 9,000 people had been tested within the same time frame. Both conflicting figures fell below capacity, drawing ire from the prime minister's office, according to The Guardian.
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Ministers are pushing to conduct 25,000 tests a day by mid-April – a figure still far beneath Germany’s 70,000 tested daily, The Guardian reported. Testing is crucial so those who test positive can receive proper treatment and be placed in isolation sooner, preventing the spread of infection.
The world is battling the COVID-19 outbreak that the World Health Organization declared a global pandemic, which has claimed more than 37,883 lives and infected more than 788,205 people around the world.
(Pictured) Health officials spray disinfectant in a Kampung Baru, traditional Malay village, in Kuala Lumpur city center as a safety precaution against the new coronavirus, on March 31. The Malaysian government issued a restricted movement order to the public for the rest of the month to help curb the spread of the virus.
People wearing face masks are practicing social distancing as they wait outside a Postal Savings Bank of China branch on March 31 in Wuhan, Hubei province, the epicenter of China's coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
Residents, wearing face masks as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, practise social distancing as they wait to be tested at a makeshift rapid testing centre near the Bach Mai hospital in Hanoi on March 31.
A policeman (L) gestures as men wearing protective facemasks walk to board a special service bus taking them to a quarantine facility amid concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in Nizamuddin area of New Delhi on March 31. 24 who were at Nizamuddin markaz test positive in Delhi.
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The pyramid of Khufu, the largest of the Giza pyramid complex, is illuminated with text encouraging to stay home, as Egypt ramps up its efforts to slow down the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, in Giza, on the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt, on March 30.
A municipal worker wearing protective gear sprays disinfectant on a Public Health Inspector during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 in Colombo on March 31.
Police officers wearing face masks guard the rear entrance of the Urban Newtown hotel where quarantined Australian travelers who have landed back into Sydney will remain for 14 days on March 31 in Sydney, Australia. Public gatherings are now limited to two people, as the Australian Government introduces tougher restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Sunday told Australians to stay home unless they are shopping for food, receiving medical attention, going to work or education, or for exercise, which is now limited to groups of two. People over 70 have been told to remain inside while public areas such as playgrounds, outside gyms and skateparks will be closed from midday on Monday. International arrivals into Australia are being quarantined in hotels on arrival.
Navy Hospital Ship USNS Comfort travels under the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge as it heads to Pier 90 as the coronavirus pandemic continues to overwhelm medical infrastructure on March 30 seen from Bayridge, Brooklyn In New York City. Docked at Pier 90 on the West Side of Manhattan the hospital ship will provide another thousand beds for non-COVID-19 patients.
Students arrive at a school as grade three students in middle school and high school return after the term opening was delayed due to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, in Huaian in China's eastern Jiangsu province on March 30.
A teddy bear dressed as a Highlanders Super Rugby fan is seen in a window on March 29 in Christchurch, New Zealand. Inspired by the Michael Rosen children’s book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, teddy bears and other cuddly toys are popping up in windows across New Zealand to give children something to look forward to on their neighborhood walks during the lockdown.
A man walks past on a nearly empty street in snowfall during the first weekend after Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike urged Tokyo residents to stay indoors in a bid to keep the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) from spreading, at Ameyoko shopping and amusement district in Tokyo, Japan on March 29.
A health worker of Nepal police wearing PPE (Personal protective equipment) disinfects quarantine zone at Nepal police hospital in Kathmandu, on March 29. Nepal police have prepared 45 quarantine tent and 6 isolation observation bed and 5 isolation bed for possible of Coronavirus Covid-19 cases for police personnel.
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Two passengers wave small Swiss national flags after disembarking from a flight of the Swiss International Air Lines at the Geneve Aeroport, in Switzerland, on March 29. The flight was chartered by the Swiss government to bring 105 Swiss citizens and 12 nationalities from Algiers to Switzerland as a precaution measure.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on COVID-19 situation in Canada from his residence on March 24 in Ottawa, Canada. Trudeau's wife has recovered from being ill from COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus.
A health worker with a bag of protective masks delivered by the police. Health workers are seen during the tribute to health services and Police held every day at 20:00 hours at hospital San Jorge, where several hospitalized by Covid-19 remain on March 28 in Huesca, Spain. Spain plans to continue its quarantine measures at least through April 11.
A view of the Sicilian town of Acitrezza from a Guardia di Finanza (finance police) helicopter as officers patrol citizens. Italy has tightened measures to try and contain the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Acitrezza, Italy on March 28.
A Kenyan Police officer explains the physical distancing measures that have to be followed to a group of people affected by the measures adopted by the Kenyan Government to stop the spread of COVID-19 coronavirus. This while they wait for boxes with food and other basic goods at social hall in the Korogocho slums of Nairobi, Kenya on March 28.
Labourers wear protective face masks as they wait in line to get temperature checked before entering construction worksite, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease, in Ahmadi, Kuwait March 28.
A manteros, member of the Popular Union of Street Vendors and the Top Manta brand, poses in a sewing workshop to produce gowns and masks for Catalan hospitals in the Raval neighbourhood, as the coronavirus outbreak continues, in Barcelona, Spain, on March 28.
A member of the South African National Defence Force looks on during a patrol in an attempt to enforce a 21-day nationwide lockdown, aimed at limiting the spread of the pandemic, in Alexandra township, South Africa, on March 28.
President Donald Trump and Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrive to speak in front of the U.S. Navy hospital ship USNS Comfort at Naval Station Norfolk in Norfolk, Virginia, on March 28. The ship is departing for New York to assist hospitals.
Migrant workers and their family members lineup outside the Anand Vihar bus terminal to leave for their villages during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure, in New Delhi, India, on March 28.
An election official sanitizes voting areas at a polling booth on March 28, in Brisbane, Australia. Queensland local government elections and two state by-elections are going ahead on Saturday, despite concerns about people gathering at polling stations amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
People wearing face masks wait for a subway train on the first day the city's subway services resumed following the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Wuhan of Hubei province, China on March 28.
Pope Francis at St. Peter's Basilica during an extraordinary "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing - normally given only at Christmas and Easter, as a response to the global coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Vatican City on March 27.
Passengers are seen on board Holland America's cruise ship Zaandam as it entered the Panama City bay to be assisted by the Rotterdam cruise ship with supplies, personnel and COVID-19 testing devices, eight miles off the coast of Panama City on March 27. Four passengers have died aboard a cruise ship carrying scores of people with flu-like symptoms that has been stranded off the Pacific coast of South America for several days, the liner company said Friday. The Zaandam, with 1,800 passengers on board, is currently in Panama's territorial waters, having been prevented from docking in several countries due to coronavirus fears.
Anthony Costello, a global health professor at University College London, told BBC Radio 4 that the UK ought to ramp up mobile testing sites, like those seen in Ireland, the United States and elsewhere, as well as supply every larger, private hospital in the country with coronavirus tests.
“We have 44 molecular virology labs in the U.K. If they were doing 400 tests a day we would be up to Germany levels of testing and that is perfectly feasible,” Costello told the BBC. “Public Health England (PHE) was slow and controlled and only allowed non-PHE labs to start testing two weeks ago, but that was only after the strategy shift to end community testing.”
“If you look at Korea, they have done 490,000 tests. Their death rate is three per million and they have suppressed the virus,” he continued. “I don’t see why we can’t get these 44 labs up and running, finding cases and testing.
“We must go to mass testing and when we remove the lockdown – all the Asian states it was six to eight weeks, even in Wuhan – then we will have a control mechanism which will enable us to wait, without socially distancing the whole country, for drugs or a vaccine for herd immunity.”