A type of COVID-19 test that can be taken without the need for a nose or throat swab has been found to be highly effective in identifying infectious cases, including for people not showing symptoms, the British government said on Tuesday. The RT-LAMP tests, made by privately-held British company OptiGene, have been studied in a pilot programme in the southern English city of Southampton, where they were used to test some health service staff as well as 55,000 people connected to the local university. "We've shown through carefully conducted studies that the OptiGene LAMP test is fast, reliable and easy to use, and dependent on testing format can work directly with saliva samples as well as with swabs," said Sue Hill, chief scientific officer for England in the National Health Service's Test and Trace programme.
Even without receiver Adam Thielen, the Minnesota Vikings’ offense climbed back from a 21-10 deficit to get within striking distance in the fourth quarter against the Carolina Panthers. The offense, again, had done its part to keep Minnesota’s faint playoff hopes alive. The Vikings’ comeback, both Sunday and from the season’s 1-5 start, would need a stop from its young, inexperienced defense.
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Australian basketball great Andrew Bogut has retired from the sport effective immediately, leaving the nation without its most experienced campaigner ahead of next year's Tokyo Olympics. Bogut, who won an NBA championship with Golden State in 2015, announced his decision on his podcast "Rogues Bogues" on Tuesday, citing a growing toll of injuries on his body. The seven-foot center was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the first overall pick in the 2005 NBA draft and helped pave the way for Australians to break into the United States' top league.
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The Dakar Rally will replace Formula E as the Volkswagen-owned brand's focus, although Audi said customer Formula E teams will be able to use a newly-developed powertrain beyond next year. Audi will compete in the Dakar with an electric SUV prototype.
The Point of Care Diagnostics Market will grow by $10.69 bn during 2020-2024
Mind said it predicted the closures of its shops in England and Wales due to lockdowns will cause it to lose £1.5m in the run up to Christmas.
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Sir Keir Starmer says Labour will abstain as the Commons votes on a toughened system of tiered restrictions for England.
Father Christmas brings 'magic and hope' to the festive season.
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Facebook gives Yahoo Finance UK the first look at how its Workplace VP sees the future of work shaping up.
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Facebook and YouTube accused of complicity in Vietnam repressionAmnesty report accuses sites of openly signalling they will bow to authoritarian regimes
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