Step up Covid-19 testing and genome sequencing: Mansukh Mandaviya

With the country reporting over 12,000 daily fresh cases of Covid-19, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday asked officials to monitor the rate of hospitalisation and focus on testing, surveillance and whole genome sequencing of positive samples. India reported 13,313 new cases in the last 24 hours and … Read more

California Railroad Testing Use of Quake Alerts to Halt Trains

A Southern California regional passenger rail service announced that it is testing technology that will use the West Coast’s earthquake early warning system to automatically slow or stop trains before shaking begins. The five-county Metrolink system said the technology is an advancement of a previous version deployed in September 2021 that sends automated messages instructing … Read more

Florida Building Collapse Probe to Begin Structural Testing

The federal investigation into the deadly collapse of a Florida beachfront condominium building is entering a new phase that involves cutting and drilling into concrete and steel to determine what role they played in the disaster, officials said Wednesday. The National Institute of Standards and Technology said in a news release that what’s known as … Read more

Microsoft testing casual gameplay withing Teams offering – report (NASDAQ:MSFT)

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has begun working on casual games integrated into its Teams collaboration offering, The Verge reports. That purpose would allow colleagues to play each other during meetings. Accordingly, the focus is on much simpler games, with testing on Solitaire, Connect 4, and Wordament. Those are part of Microsoft’s own Casual Games offering, which includes … Read more

Beijing warns of ‘explosive’ Covid outbreak, Shanghai conducts mass testing

China’s capital Beijing is experiencing an “explosive” Covid-19 outbreak connected to a bar, a government spokesman said on Saturday, as the commercial hub, Shanghai, conducted mass testing to contain a jump in cases tied to a hair salon. The warning followed a new tightening of COVID curbs in Beijing … Read more

U.S. Inbound Testing Requirement to End on Sunday

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this weekend will end negative Covid-19 test requirements for inbound passengers to the U.S., according to multiple reports citing senior Biden administration officials. The requirement for all inbound travelers to present a negative Covid-19 test taken within a day of travel will be lifted after midnight on … Read more

Covid-19 testing drops even as daily cases rise to three-month high

Despite India’s daily Covid-19 cases touching a three-month high with 7,240 cases on Thursday, laboratory testing of the viral infection has not gained momentum. Testing volumes have not grown much nationally, though individual states show some improvement. An analysis of data from independent tracker shows that the national 7-day moving average … Read more

U.S. Travel Industry Intensifies Push to End Inbound Testing Requirement

The U.S. Department of Commerce this week published its strategy to boost international travel to the United States, but several travel industry leaders noted it does not address the biggest current barrier to inbound international travel: the pre-arrival Covid-19 testing requirement. The National Travel and Tourism Strategy, led by Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, has established … Read more