30-second coronavirus test could help out the travel sector and more (NYSE:ABT)

A rapid coronavirus detection test that gives results in under a minute – developed by Israel and India – should be ready in “a matter of days,” according to Israeli Ambassador to India Ron Malka. “All the thresholds have been passed.”

“It will be good news for the entire world. Until we manage to immunize the entire population, this joint operation, which we had named ‘Open Skies,’ would literally open the skies in terms of international travel and other economic activities as this can be used at airports and other places by requiring a person just to blow into a tube and the result would be available in 30-40-50 seconds.”

The test is also very inexpensive, as the results are delivered locally without the logistics and cost of sending samples to a lab.

Israel sent a high-level Defense Research and Development Directorate delegation to India in July to develop the

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Boeing Starliner astronaut drops out of first crewed test flight



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  • A Boeing Starliner test flight pilot is now dropping out of the first crewed mission for the spacecraft.
  • Astronaut Christopher Ferguson says he has commitments in 2021 that simply can’t be postponed and will have to sit out the first crewed mission after being named its commander.
  • The mission is expected to take place by mid-2021.

Boeing’s Starliner project has been riddled with delays and setbacks pretty much from the moment it got started. The most public and visible of these setbacks was the uncrewed mission to the International Space Station that never actually made it to the ISS due to a malfunction. It threw a major wrench in Boeing’s plans, pushing back the timeline for a crewed mission by many months.

But a crewed mission is still in the works, and is expected to happen in 2021. In fact, plans for the mission

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We finally know why Boeing’s test flight commander bowed out of Starliner test



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  • Boeing’s Starliner crew shakeup gets a little more clear as we learn one of the reasons why commander Chris Ferguson stepped down.
  • The astronaut had family commitments in 2021, including his daughter’s wedding.
  • The mission has been delayed so many times, and the coronavirus caused so many issues, that things lined up poorly for the astronaut.

It was a few days ago that astronaut Chris Ferguson announced he would be stepping down from his position as the commander of the first Boeing Starliner crewed test flight in 2021. That’s a big deal, as Starliner has been repeatedly delayed and any further hiccups just serve to put the company even farther behind its rival SpaceX, which has already delivered on its promise to NASA with Crew Dragon.

At the time, Ferguson’s statement was relatively vague. He noted that he had prior commitments that he

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Cruise ships worldwide with more than 250 people will test all passengers, crew for COVID-19 – News – The Patriot Ledger, Quincy, MA

Cruise lines around the world have committed to testing every passenger and crew member for COVID-19 before boarding, the industry’s leading trade group, Cruise Lines International Association, said Tuesday.

“CLIA ocean cruise line members worldwide have agreed to conduct 100% testing of passengers and crew on all ships with a capacity to carry 250 or more persons – with a negative test required for any embarkation,” Bari Golin-Blaugrund, vice president of strategic communications for Cruise Lines International Association, told USA TODAY in a statement.

“The global policy applies to ships capable of carrying 250 or more people, which is consistent with the policy in place as it relates to ships sailing from U.S. ports,” Golin-Blaugrund said.

The CDC’s “no-sail” order bars ships that can carry at least 250 passengers from cruising in U.S. waters until Nov. 1. The testing requirement is “effective immediately worldwide,” Golin-Blaugrund said.

CLIA’s member lines carry

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Australia vs India Test series to start with pink-ball game in Adelaide

The four-Test series between Australia and India later this year is set to start with a day-night Test in Adelaide. The long tour (more than two months) is likely to begin with the white-ball games – three ODIs in Brisbane followed by three T20Is in Adelaide – and then the first Test, subject to final nods from the local state governments in Australia.

The pink-ball Test, which will be India’s maiden day-night Test overseas (and only their second overall), is scheduled to be held at Adelaide Oval between December 17 and 21. Melbourne will remain the venue for the traditional Boxing Day Test (December 26-30) followed by Tests in Sydney (January 7-11) and Brisbane (January 15-19).

The Indian contingent is expected to travel directly from the UAE to Brisbane immediately after the completion of the IPL on November 10. It is understood that Cricket Australia has pencilled in the November

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Cruise industry to test all passengers, crew before boarding worldwide

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Cruise Lines International Association, which represents 95% of the cruise industry, introduced mandatory requirements to be able to set sail again.

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Cruise lines around the world have committed to testing every passenger and crew member for COVID-19 before boarding, the industry’s leading trade group, Cruise Lines International Association, said Tuesday. 

“CLIA ocean cruise line members worldwide have agreed to conduct 100% testing of passengers and crew on all ships with a capacity to carry 250 or more persons – with a negative test required for any embarkation,” Bari Golin-Blaugrund, vice president of strategic communications for Cruise Lines International Association, told USA TODAY in a statement. 

“The global policy applies to ships capable of carrying 250 or more people, which is consistent with the policy in place as it relates to ships sailing from U.S. ports,” Golin-Blaugrund said.

The CDC’s “no-sail” order bars ships that can carry at

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Airlines and cruise stocks tumble as Trump’s positive virus test dents the reopening trade

  • Stocks that are closely tied to the reopening of the American economy were crushed in Friday trades after President Trump tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The news served as a reminder to investors just how precarious the economic reopening is as Winter approaches and daily COVID-19 cases are on the rise.
  • Airlines and cruise stocks led the decline lower on Friday.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The reopening trade, or buying stocks that are closely tied to the reopening of the American economy, was crushed on Friday after it was revealed that President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19.

The news served as a stark reminder to investors that anyone can get the virus, the reopening of the economy is precarious without a readily available vaccine, and daily COVID-19 cases are on the rise as winter approaches.

Stocks

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Hundreds of Dubai-bound passengers stranded in India after COVID-19 test reports from some labs are rejected

Dubai: Hundreds of Dubai-bound passengers were stranded in India on Monday as they were carrying COVDI-19 test reports from labs that have not been approved to travel.

As first reported by Gulf News on Sunday, results from Suryam Lab in Jaipur, Micro Health Laboratory in cities of Kerala, Dr. P. Bhasin Pathlabs in Delhi and Noble Diagnostic Centre in Delhi were rejected in the case of Dubai-bound passengers, according to an announcement by Air India Express (AIE). Other Indian airlines such as Spice Jet and Indigo also announced the same later.

More than 250 passengers, who were scheduled to fly on AIE and Spice Jet with test reports from Micro Health in Kerala alone, were turned away from various airports in the south Indian state on Monday, officials and passengers told Gulf News.

“A total of 117 passengers did not travel on Air India Express flight from Kannur. Rebooking has

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12 crew members test positive for covid-19 on Greek cruise

Twelve staff members of a Maltese-flagged cruise ship carrying more than 1,500 people around the Greek islands have tested positive for the coronavirus, Greek authorities said, according to the Associated Press.

The Mein Schiff 6, run by the Germany-based TUI Cruises, set sail Sunday from the island of Crete, the first vacation cruise to take place on the Greek isles since the country imposed coronavirus-related restrictions, the Guardian reported.

But after less than 24 hours at sea, 12 members of the crew tested positive for the virus after 150 random tests were conducted on the 666 staff members aboard. All confirmed cases were asymptomatic and the infected had been isolated, Greek authorities said.

[Cruising is still canceled, but here’s what travelers can expect when it returns]

Health officials added that the crew members would be retested when the shiparrives in the port city of Piraeus on Tuesday.

On

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Pre-travel Covid-19 test result from four Indian labs not accepted in Dubai

(MENAFN – Khaleej Times) Pre-travel Covid-19 test results from four laboratories in India will no longer be accepted in Dubai, according to diplomatic sources and India’s national carrier.

These RT-PCR testing laboratories include Suryam Lab in Jaipur, Microhealth Labs in Kerala, Dr P Bhasin Pathlabs Ltd in Delhi, and the Noble Diagnostic Centre in Delhi.

Negative test results from these Indian Council of Medical Research-approved centres shall be deemed invalid, Air India Express announced on Monday.

Passengers travelling to Dubai are advised to obtain pre-travel RT-PCR reports from Pure Health-approved laboratories, the airline said in its latest blog post.

Neeraj Agarwal, consul for Press, information, and culture at the Consulate-General of India in Dubai, said: “I can confirm that this report is true. However, passengers wishing to fly from India to Dubai can bring the test report from all other ICMR-approved facilities, except the four labs that have been listed

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