China denies asking US diplomats to undergo COVID anal tests

Chinese foreign ministry denial follows reports from Washington that some of its personnel were being made to undergo the test. China has denied subjecting United States diplomats to COVID-19 anal tests following reports in US media that some US personnel reported being made to undergo the procedure. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters […]

Canada to ask air travellers to wait on COVID tests in hotels

Air travellers to Canada will quarantine in a hotel starting on February 22 as they await the result of a coronavirus test, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. Trudeau previously announced stricter restrictions would be imposed on non-essential air travellers in response to new, likely more contagious coronavirus variants. Government officials confirmed that – with […]

Mexico president tests negative after COVID illness

Lopez Obrador, who refused for months to wear a mask, was said to have suffered mild symptoms. Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has announced he has tested negative for COVID-19, nearly two weeks after being diagnosed with the virus. Lopez Obrador, who refused for months to wear a mask or abandon his cross-country tours, was […]

New York City Barely Tests for Virus Variants. Can That Change?

“Our machines could handle thousands or hundreds of thousands,” said Dr. Neville Sanjana, a scientist with a lab at the New York Genome Center in Lower Manhattan. “So the capacity is just not the issue.” The issue for research laboratories — strangely enough, amid a pandemic that has probably infected more than a quarter of […]

Mexico’s president tests positive for COVID-19

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said on Sunday he has tested positive for COVID-19, but that his symptoms were mild and he felt “optimistic”. “I regret to inform you that I am infected with COVID-19. The symptoms are mild, but I am already undergoing medical treatment,” he said in a Twitter post. “As always, […]

Pakistan successfully tests medium-range missile

Pakistan’s military did not say whether the test-fired Shaheen III missile was capable of carrying nuclear weapons. Karachi, Pakistan – Pakistan has successfully test-fired the surface-to-surface Shaheen III ballistic missile with a range of 2,750km (1,710 miles), its military says. The missile test, conducted on Wednesday, “was aimed at re-validating various design and technical parameters of […]

Keystone Rejection Tests Trudeau’s Balancing Act on Climate and Energy

OTTAWA — One of President Biden’s first acts upon taking office was to cancel the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline, the long-debated project to transport crude from Canada’s oil sands to the United States. But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and elected officials in Alberta, the Canadian province where the pipeline originates, are not giving […]

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard tests long-range missiles, drones

Tehran, Iran – The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) tested long-range missiles and drones against land and sea targets in Iran’s fourth large-scale military show of force in two weeks amid tensions with the United States. The IRGC on Saturday fired long-range ballistic missiles that travelled 1,800km (1,118 miles) and struck artificial targets in the […]

Will Kim Jong Un resume ICBM and nuclear weapons tests?

In one of North Korea’s biggest propaganda spectacles, thousands of delegates from the ruling Workers Party met for an eight-day Congress in Pyongyang that concluded this week. At the cavernous April 25 House of Culture, they alternated between cheering wildly and scribbling furiously on their notepads as leader Kim Jong Un declared the United States […]

U.S. to Require Negative Virus Tests From International Air Passengers

Before boarding their flights, all international passengers headed to the United States will first need to show proof of a negative coronavirus test, according to a new federal policy going into effect on Jan. 26. “Testing does not eliminate all risk,” Dr. Robert R. Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, […]

Australia to require negative COVID-19 tests from travellers

The move follows the discovery of a patient with the UK variant that prompted the lockdown of the country’s third-biggest city. Australia on Friday said it would require all international travellers to test negative for COVID-19 before getting on the plane, as the city of Brisbane prepared for a three-day lockdown after confirming a patient […]

Pakistan court bans virginity tests for rape survivors

Islamabad, Pakistan – A Pakistani court has banned the use of virginity tests on female rape survivors in a landmark ruling that is being lauded by women’s rights activists. The Lahore High Court on Monday ruled that the tests, conducted as a matter of routine by medico-legal examiners in rape cases across the South Asian […]

US mulls COVID tests for more international travellers: report

New requirements could need US citizens travelling from abroad to test negative within three days before departure. The United States government could expand coronavirus requirements for travellers beyond the United Kingdom as early as next week, sources briefed on the matter told the Reuters news agency on Wednesday, as the Canadian government announced that all […]

US to require negative COVID-19 tests for all UK passengers

CDC says passengers from the UK must test negative via either a PCR or antigen test within 72 hours of departure. The United States will require all airline passengers arriving from the United Kingdom to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of departure starting on Monday amid concerns about a new coronavirus variant that […]

With first positive tests in Antarctica, no continent is untouched by the virus.

Antarctica is no longer the last continent free from the coronavirus after 36 people stationed at a Chilean research base tested positive, local media reported. The virus was detected in 26 members of the Chilean military and 10 maintenance workers stationed at the Base General Bernardo O’Higgins Riquelme in the Antarctic Peninsula, the authorities said […]

Lewis Hamilton tests positive for COVID-19

Formula One world champion to miss Bahrain GP after testing positive for coronavirus. Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has tested positive for coronavirus and will miss this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix. His team, Mercedes, said Hamilton woke with mild symptoms on Monday and returned a positive result at a subsequent test and again at […]

Jakarta governor Anies Baswedan tests positive for COVID-19

The 51-year-old Indonesian politician says he currently has no symptoms and will self-isolate for the next two weeks. The governor of Jakarta, Indonesia’s capital, has tested positive for COVID-19 as the world’s fourth-most populous country struggles to contain a record spike in the number of infections. Anies Baswedan said on Tuesday that he was currently […]

Croatian PM Andrej Plenkovic tests positive for COVID-19

Government statement says 50-year-old ‘feeling well’ and carrying out duties from home as the country hits a new record death toll. Croatia’s Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic has tested positive for the coronavirus but is “feeling well”, his cabinet has said, as the country hit a new record COVID-19 death toll. Plenkovic, 50, who has led […]

Rapid COVID tests land in Elon Musk Twitter crosshairs #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

Tesla Inc.’s Elon Musk tweeted he may have Covid-19 and renewed his conspiratorial posting about the virus that has infected almost 53 million people. “Something extremely bogus is going on,” the chief executive officer wrote late Thursday. “Was tested for covid four times today. Two tests came back negative, two came back positive.” The billionaire […]