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British company launches 20-second COVID-19 test

FILE PHOTO: An NHS test and trace worker sorts through coronavirus (COVID-19) tests at a drive-through testing facility in Bolton, Britain, September 7, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble

London, September 10 (Reuters) - British start-up company iAbra said it had developed a 20-second saliva COVID-19 test which had 99.8% sensitivity and 96.7% specificity. Trials of the “Virolens” test have taken place at Heathrow Airport, the company, which was founded in 2010, said. “Our system allows simple, high speed, reliable and low-cost testing in dynamic environments,” Greg Compton, CEO ...

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British statue of scout founder Baden-Powell to be taken down

A statue of Robert Baden-Powell is seen in Poole, the statue is due to be removed following protests against the death of George Floyd who died in police custody in Minneapolis, Poole, Britain, June 10, 2020. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

London, June 11 (Reuters) - A local authority in southern England said it would remove a statue of Robert Baden-Powell, founder of the worldwide scouting movement, the latest memorial to be taken down in the wake of anti-racism protests sparked by the death of George Floyd. The demonstrations sweeping across the United States and Europe following the death of Floyd ...

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UK health minister tests positive for coronavirus

Nadine Dorries in an official portrait. (Chris McAndrew/Gov.uk)

London, March 11 (AFP) -  British MP Minister Nadine Dorries, a minister in the health department, has tested positive for coronavirus, she said in a statement on Tuesday, raising concerns about whether senior government figures have been infected. “I can confirm I have tested positive for coronavirus… and have been self-isolating at home,” said the Conservative MP. Health officials are ...

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British Airways smashes record for quickest subsonic flight from New York to London

A British Airways Boeing 747 approaches New York on January 23, 2020. Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto via Getty Images

London, 11th Feb (CNN) - A British Airways (BA) flight has broken the record for the fastest-ever subsonic flight between New York and London, reaching a top speed of more than 800mph (1,287km/h). The Boeing 747 aircraft flew overnight from Saturday to Sunday and reached its destination in four hours and 56 minutes, as Storm Ciara sped towards the United Kingdom. "The flight was riding a ...

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