Singapore firm invents coronavirus breathalyser with
results in seconds
A company in Singapore has developed a breathalyser test for the new
coronavirus which it says will enable people to know whether they are infected
in under a minute.
Breathonix, a startup firm from the National University of Singapore,
says its test achieved more than 90% accuracy in a pilot clinical trial of 180
people in the city-state and hopes to get regulatory approval early next year.
Countries worldwide are looking to develop alternative tests to the
Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) nasal swab, which is invasive and in short
supply in some places where demand has outstripped manufacturers’ production
Breathonix is currently expanding its trial in Singapore and hopes to
improve accuracy and get the green light to go commercial in the first quarter
of next year.
UK doing everything it can to avoid national lockdown,
The British government will do everything it can to avoid putting the
country into a second national lockdown and believes it can control the virus
with tough local measures, housing minister Robert Jenrick said on Thursday.
The minister added that the government kept everything under review but
it wanted to avoid a second full national shutdown because of the damage it
creates to livelihoods and the economy.
“The very clear policy of the government is to do everything we can
to avoid a full national lockdown,” he told Sky News.
India passes eight million coronavirus cases
India on Thursday passed eight million coronavirus cases and the world’s
second-worst-hit country is bracing for a new wave in the pandemic.
There have now been 8 040 203 cases and 120 527 deaths across the
country of 1.3 billion people, according to the latest government figures.
New Delhi recorded 5 000 new cases on Wednesday, which was the highest
daily figure since the outbreak of the pandemic. Officials have warned that the
capital could see more than 10 000 cases a day in the next wave.
Financial capital Mumbai, India’s worst-hit city with more than 250 000
cases and over 10 000 deaths, is currently adding about 2 000 cases a day.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has warned the population in recent
speeches that they are being “careless” in giving up social
distancing and other precautions.
France is latest nation to return to lockdown amid Covid-19
France will go back into a nationwide lockdown starting this week to try
to contain the Covid-19 pandemic that is again threatening to spiral out of
control, French President Emmanuel Macron said in an address to the nation on
The new measures announced by Macron – which come into force on Friday
and will last until 1 December – will mean people have to stay in their homes
except to buy essential goods, seek medical attention, or use their daily
one-hour allocation of exercise.
Anyone leaving their home will have to carry a special document
justifying being outside, which can be checked by police, Macron said.
Restaurants, cafes and shops not selling essential goods will have to
close down for at least the next two weeks, Macron said.
Mexico passes 90 000 virus deaths, Argentina records 30 000
Two Latin American
countries hard hit by coronavirus each recorded another bleak moment in the
pandemic on Wednesday with Mexico exceeding 90 000 deaths from its outbreak and
Argentina surpassing a toll of 30 000.
Mexico has the
fourth-highest death toll in the world and recorded another 495 fatalities on
Wednesday, while Argentina’s health ministry reported a new total of 30 071
deaths in the country with the seventh-largest number of confirmed infections.
still lag well behind Brazil, the region’s worst-hit nation with five million
recorded cases and almost 160 000 deaths. Peru and Colombia have each recorded
more than 30 000 deaths.
Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador expressed his concern over his country’s recent
spike in Covid-19 cases in a Wednesday press conference and urged the public to
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