George Floyd protests in New Jersey draw thousands but remain peaceful

Protests of the George Floyd killing sprung up in Newark, NJ as thousands vented their rage after the unarmed black man died while in police custody in Minneapolis this week.

While Floyd’s death has sparked violence and riots in Atlanta, Oakland, Detroit, Louisville and Brooklyn, the New Jersey protests were peaceful.

The Newark protest, organized by the People’s Organization for Progress, started with a rally in front of the Lincoln statue near the city’s historic courthouse, reported. Demonstrators chanted  “George Floyd,” “I can’t breathe,” “Power to the people,” and “Arrest them all!,” referring to the four Minneapolis police officers seen on video arresting  Floyd. One, Derek Chauvin, pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck.

A rally in Englewood drew a crowd of more than 1,000, reported.

The protest began at Mackay Park and continued with a march to the Englewood police station, where participants read aloud the names of 84 black people killed in encounters with police.

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New York’s top lawmakers call Brooklyn protests ‘warranted,’ urge de-escalation

New York’s top state lawmakers issued a statement Saturday calling protests in Brooklyn “warranted,” but strongly urged all sides to deescalate tensions.

“Protests have been unfolding across the country and here in New York. Let’s be clear — the reason for the protests themselves is warranted and too familiar,” State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie said in a joint statement.

“Our hope is the heartfelt demonstrations do not lead to more violence, injuries or worse,” they continued. “From what we have witnessed, there must be better coordinated efforts to help de-escalate tensions and allow for our citizens to protest injustices.”

The statement also referenced State Sen. Zellnor Y. Myrie and State Assemblywoman Diana Richardson who were both pepper sprayed during unrest near Fort Greene Park.

Tensions have flared in the Big Apple and around the country after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin on Monday. Minnesota — the epicenter of rioting — has seen four days of chaos, looting and arson, with Gov. Tim Walz warning the Pentagon might have to get involved to quell the unrest.

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Hear Lady Gaga’s new ‘Sour Candy’ dance track with BLACKPINK

Move over, Ariana.

Less than a week after dropping “Rain on Me,” her divalicious duet with Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga goes K-pop with Korean girl group BLACKPINK in her new song “Sour Candy,” which she dropped Thursday morning as the latest preview of her new album “Chromatica.”

And what a sweet treat for Little Monsters it is.

“Take a bite, take a bite,” she chants over the delicious, deep-house groove. Consider us bitten.

“I’m sour candy/So sweet, then I get a little angry,” they sing, their voices tweaked to serve fembot fierceness. Later, they warn, “Ask me to be nice and then I’ll do it extra mean.”

Then the lyrics switch into Korean, before swerving back to English. “I’m hard on the outside/But if you give me time/Then I could make time for your love,” Gaga sings on one of her signature bridges.

While the lyrics of “Sour Candy” may be pretty shallow — Jackson Maine probably wouldn’t approve — it hardly matters when the beat is this sick. It’s just the kind of disco-ball-dizzying track that fans have been missing since Gaga launched to superstardom with 2008’s “The Fame” and 2011’s “Born This Way.”

Gaga has promised to keep the party going with “Chromatica,” which will be released at midnight and is sure to keep her peeps twirling into the wee hours of the morning. The album — which also features the singer collaborating with Elton John on “Sine from Above” — was originally scheduled to be released on April 10, but was postponed due to the coronavirus crisis.

But if there are more dance jams like “Sour Candy” to unwrap, it will have been worth the wait.

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Wuhan-style wet market in NEW YORK leaves dumpster full of rotting chicken guts to drip blood in open sewer – The Sun

REVOLTING footage shows a dumpster outside a wet market in New York City filled with dead chickens while blood spills out into the sewer.

Filmed by animal rights group NYCLASS, the clip shows hundreds of flies swirling around the putrid waste outside the slaughterhouse near the borough of Queens.

It's believed the mountains of trash bags piled into the dumpster were filled with animals parts as a dismembered chicken is seen sitting on top, reports TMZ.

The activist filming later points the camera down towards the concrete to show a river of blood flowing into the sewer.

Similar pools of blood can be seen seeping out of the sewers all the way down the street.

It is unclear how long the dumpster had been lying in the baking sun for, the report says.

There are 71 wet markets in New York City – all of which are regulated by the state's Department of Agriculture and Markets.

Unlike the slaughterhouse in Wuhan, China, where Covid-19 is believed to have first jumped from animals to humans, the businesses in NYC do not sell exotic animals such as bats and snakes.

Zoonotic diseases, such as the new coronavirus, develop in places where animals, who do not have any contact in the wild, are allowed to mingle and are cut with the same knife.


In the New York, wet markets tend to sell and slaughter animals such as chickens, goats and sheep, reports Pix11.

But in light of Covid-19, which has killed more than 350,000 worldwide including over 98,000 in the US, NYC lawmakers have introduced a bill attempting to have the city's wet markets closed for good.

One of the legislators Linda Rosenthal told CBS News that the city's authorities have stopped inspecting the sites during the pandemic and the ensuing lockdown.

She wants the markets closed down while their risk is evaluated calling the issue a "matter of public health."

Dr Neal Barnard, of the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, said the prospect of a human carrying Covid-19 mixing with animal viruses at such markets is “dangerous” and could create new diseases.

He told PIX11: “What makes this especially dangerous now is that you have customers coming into these places and workers coming in who may be harboring the coronavirus themselves.”

“Where the genes can mix, you’ll get a novel virus.”

According to CBS, such wet markets face protests from animal rights group if they remain open.

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Disney’s new line of face masks has everyone talking

Wearing a mask every time you venture outdoors might feel restricting, but thanks to inventive designers and bored innovators sitting at home with nothing else to do, there are a whole range of fun face masks to choose from, that don’t make it look as though you’re heading in to perform surgery, or working on a construction site.

Amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, the CDC recently recommended that everybody wears protective cloth face coverings while out in public, so it’s more important than ever to do so in order to keep ourselves safe. But, if you’re also looking for something a bit cooler or more stylish than the average face mask, look no further, because Disney has you covered.

The entertainment mega corporation is capitalizing on the need for face masks with its own line of fun, cute cloth coverings that are perfect for the little mermaid or lightsaber-wielding kid in your life (or, yourself).

Disney's face masks look good and do good too

CNN reports that the line features all our favorite Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars characters from Rey to Baby Yoda, Forky to Buzz Lightyear, and even The Hulk. The masks helpfully come in packs of four, so they can easily be purchased for the whole family. Disney face masks retail at $19.99 a pack and can be pre-ordered now at Sizes come in small, medium, or large with measurements available in case you need to figure out what will suit a specific toddler or adult in your household. The masks are expected to be available by July 29th.

Disney advised in an Instagram post that they’re donating one million masks to Medshare, a humanitarian organization that delivers the necessary equipment and supplies to some of the poorest and most vulnerable communities across the U.S. Likewise, up to $1 million of Disney’s face mask proceeds, earned from now until September 30th, will go towards funding Medshare’s important work.

“Disney is committed to serving the communities where we live and work. During these challenging times, we’re using the power of our timeless stories and beloved characters to address our guests’ needs for family-friendly reusable cloth face coverings, also referred to as non-medical cloth face masks,” the company noted in the post. 

Here’s hoping Luke Skywalker will get more men to wear a face mask.

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New photos reveal damage from San Francisco warehouse fire

Dramatic footage reveals full extent of damage from massive fire that tore through warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf causing its roof and walls to collapse

  • Fire engulfed a warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf early Saturday morning
  • Flames tore through the building, causing its roof and walls to collapse    
  • Dozens of firefighters were pictured on the scene surveying the full extent of the damage
  • The flames endangered the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, one of only two functional WWII Liberty ships 

Dramatic photos have revealed the full extent of damage from a fire that engulfed a warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf early Saturday morning. 

Pictures taken after the blaze was extinguished show the structure destroyed by the fire, with its walls and roof collapsed.

The blaze broke out shortly before dawn, sending a thick plume of orange smoke out across San Francisco Bay. 

Later in the morning, dozens of firefighters were seen surveying the smoldering building as smoke continued to billow across the city. 

Despite the enormity of the fire, there were no reports of injury. Investigators are trying to determine the cause of the blaze.

Dramatic daytime photos have revealed the full extent of damage from a fire that engulfed a warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf early Saturday morning

After dawn broke, aerial images revealed the roof and walls of the large warehouse had collapsed 

Firefighters were seen after dawn surveying the damage. The fire ripped through the warehouse, causing its walls to collapse

The cause of the blaze has not been determined, but the warehouse, which holds fish processing equipment and a few offices, is typically unoccupied at night

Smoke continued to billow out of the smoldering wreck as the sun rose over San Francisco Bay

More than 100 firefighters descended on the scene before dawn Saturday. Dozens were still seen in the area around midday 

Fire crews responded to the scene at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf around 4am on Saturday

The warehouse, which holds fish processing equipment and a few offices, is typically unoccupied at night. 

However, homeless people reportedly congregate in the area at night and build fires for cooking and warmth. 

‘That is something of grave concern, that is why we’re actively trying to confirm if anybody saw anybody in this building,’ he told KGO-TV. 

‘To our knowledge … nobody is supposed to be in the building and we are hoping … that there is no victim,’ Baxter said.

Fire officials carry a hose in front of The Grotto restaurant after a fire broke out before dawn at Fisherman’s Wharf

Fire officials work in front of a sign for Musee Mecanique early Saturday morning 

The collapsed, roofless warehouse is seen after the fire was brought under control

The SS Jeremiah O’Brien, one of two functional WWII Liberty ships, was saved after firefighters intervened

The flames raged in a warehouse, threatening a historic WWII Liberty ship docked next to the fire

More than 130 firefighters fought the flames, with some using ladder trucks to drench the warehouse from above. 

The fire threatened to spread to a historic World War II-era ship located in water close to the warehouse, but firefighters brought the flames under control. 

A fire boat was used to protect the SS Jeremiah O’Brien, a Liberty ship that stormed Normandy on D-Day in 1944. 

The ship docks by Pier 45 as a floating museum and is a popular tourist attraction. 

Photos of the inferno were shared online by Dan Whaley, the founder of educational startup 

A fire engulfed a warehouse on San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf early Saturday

First responders battle a massive fire that erupted at a warehouse early Saturday, May 23, 2020 in San Francisco. Arriving crews were confronted with towering flames engulfing the warehouse

A runner passes over hoses after a fire broke out before dawn at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco. A warehouse was destroyed. Fire officials said no injuries have been reported Saturday morning and firefighters are making multiple searches

Eighteen American shipyards built 2,710 Liberty ships between 1941 and 1945, but the O’Brien is one of only two of the wartime cargo transports that is still functional.

‘We can confirm the O’Brien remains intact and doing well. This is only because of the rapid response of our amazing SF Firefighters & Fire boats,’ the National Liberty Ship Memorial said in a statement. 

‘Our firefighters absolutely saved the SS Jeremiah O’Brien during this fire as flames were pinching on the side of this vessel,’ Baxter said.

Coast Guard crew members and police assisted by keeping other vessels away from the pier.

A firefighter sprays onto lingering hotspots in the collapsed warehouse after a fire broke out before dawn

More than 100 San Francisco Firefighters battle a four-alarm fire on Pier 45 on Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco

Fire officials said no injuries have been reported Saturday morning and firefighters are making multiple searches to ensure no one was inside the building on Pier 45

Firefighters douse hotspots after containing the fire on Fisherman’s Wharf on Saturday morning

Eighteen American shipyards built 2,710 Liberty ships between 1941 and 1945, but the O’Brien is one of only two of the wartime cargo transports that is still functional

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New York man nearly decapitated father in alleged Zoom-call slaying, report says

A Long Island man who allegedly knifed his father to death while his dad was chatting on Zoom nearly decapitated him, a report said Friday.

Thomas Scully-Powers, 32, allegedly confessed to police after the afternoon killing in Amityville on Thursday, it was revealed in court, Newsday reported.

“He kept breathing, so I had to keep stabbing him,” Scully-Powers told police, a prosecutor said at his arraignment Friday, according to Newsday.

The son used several knives in the attack and sliced his father’s throat to the bone from ear to ear, prosecutors reportedly said.

He also admitted to stabbing his father several times in the chest, then turning him over and plunging a knife into his back, according to the report.

The victim, 72-year-old Dwight Powers, was found dead at the home he shared with his son on Dixon Avenue after other participants on the video conference called 911, police said.

Scully-Powers jumped out of a window to avoid arrest, but was captured a short while later trying to wash himself off with Dr. Pepper stolen from a nearby deli, Newsday reported.

He was ordered held without bail and at his arraignment on murder charges, the newspaper reported.

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New rules for post-coronavirus air travel are announced

Face masks for passengers and crew and a BAN on duty free: New rules for post-coronavirus air travel are announced

  • Face masks, temperature checks and goodbyes outside terminals are included
  • Bans on the sale of duty free items in terminals and on flights are also suggested
  • The air travel measures are expected to be adopted by all EU members states
  • While not included, the UK is also expected to follow very similar measures 
  • Airlines have welcomed the new rules, saying they enable summer holidays 
  • Here’s how to help people impacted by Covid-19

Anyone flying will have to follow a number of rules to reduce the risk of coronavirus spreading via air travel, according to guidelines that have been issued to airports and airlines by the EU’s air safety body.

Such rules include passengers having to wear masks for the duration of their journey, saying goodbye to loved ones outside the terminal and interview booth assessments of people showing signs of Covid-19. The sale of duty-free items will also be banned in terminals and on flights.

The rules were laid out in 28-pages of guidelines issued by the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and published on its website.  

The measures, that will dramatically change the way people travel by air, are expected to be adopted by all EU member states, with the UK likely to implement similar rules.

A man has his temperature screened at London’s Heathrow Airport in a trial of equipment that could be used by airports to enable air travel in the coming months

The guidelines have been met with relief from airlines, who have said that they are positive step towards allowing international travel and tourism this summer after they were forced to ground huge numbers of planes due to the pandemic.

Since leaving the EU on January 31, the UK has no influence of EASA policy, and has had no input in putting the guidelines together, but does remain a member until the end of the year.

However, the Civil Aviation Authority is reportedly putting together a similar set of guidelines for British airlines and airports that will generally follow those published by the EU. 

‘The safety of passengers and crews has always been paramount in aviation,’ European Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean said in a statement released by EASA, explaining the rationale behind the guidelines.

‘Passengers have to have confidence that taking to the skies again in a confined space with other people poses the minimum possible risk to their health. 

‘We relied on our specialists from EASA and ECDC to define a set of concrete measures for the safe resumption of air travel within the EU. The protocol released today will reassure passengers that it is safe for them to fly and so help the industry recover from the effects of this pandemic,’ she added. 

Under the new measures from the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), anyone who is not travelling or working in an airport will be not be allowed inside the terminal, meaning people will have to say goodbye to loved ones outside.

Once inside, travellers will also be expected to take precautions, such as wearing face masks and washing hands, and to follow ‘respiratory etiquette’ – covering the face when sneezing or coughing. Anyone who does not follow the rules risks being kicked out of the airport.

They should also observe physical distancing measures by keeping 1.5 meters away from others, with floor markings placed to show people where to stand.

In a photo issued by Heathrow, a member of staff at the airport hands out face masks during an operations test, May 21

However, John Holland-Kaye, Heathrow’s chief executive, pointed out that a queue for a jumbo jet would be 1 kilometer long if the 1.5 meter distance were observed.

In the event that such distancing measures are not possible, the EASA rules state that the airport should increase other measures, such as hand hygiene. 

The EASA has said airports should arrange interview booths for anyone who is found to have a temperature above 38C when screened, but acknowledged that temperature is not a particularly effective metric to spot the virus with, and therefore booths would act more as a deterrent.  

Other measures at airports will include all staff wearing protective face masks, and giving them to any passengers who do not have one, as well as adding plastic screens at check desks and security check areas.

All security staff will be wearing masks, and could also be wearing face shields when performing body checks. 

Hand luggage rules could become even stricter in a bid to reduce boarding time and the risk of infection at gates, and passengers could be offered incentives to take less with them on flights, such as discounted rates for storing baggage in the hold. 

Signs at London, Heathrow inform travellers of temperature checks being trialed as part of a programme looking at technology that could be used to limit the transmission of coronavirus

The numbers of other methods of transport involved in air travel, such as buses to and from the aircraft, should be increased, the EASA has recommended, in order to reduce overcrowding.

On-board, aircraft would be disinfected between all flights, and the EU body has asked for airlines to upgrade air filtration systems to clean the air in the cabin.

Passengers will be required to wear masks on the flight, and should be discarded every four hours, meaning on longer flights people will have to swap out their masks for new ones.

In order to reduce the number of people using the on-board toilets and therefore queuing in the isles, the EASA has recommended that food and rink services are reduced, with no duty-free sales on the flight.

Upon arrival, passengers could be subject to thermal screening, and airlines have been asked to provide health authorities with a ‘passenger locator card’ if requested for contact tracing purposes, which would give details of the passengers name, seat number and contact details. 

The EASA rules do not include a quarantine period for arrivals or the use of immunity passports.

EasyJet has said that it will resume some flights from June 15, with passengers required to wear face masks on board the aircraft. It will also suspend the sale of food and drink and provide disinfectant wipes and hand sanitiser.  

At first, the budget airline will reopen domestic routes between 22 European airports, including Gatwick, Birmingham, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Belfast. 

‘We are a pan-European airline and we look closely towards their guidance to make sure we follow the correct procedures across our network,’ said David Morgan, Easyjet’s director of flight operations.

EasyJet, one of Europe’s largest airlines that grounded its entire fleet on March 30 due to the spread of Covid-19, has welcomed the new measures released by the EASA

Morgan said that Easyjet had been working closely with the EASA and added that aircraft would be disinfected each day with treatments that can remain on hard surfaces for a day, adding that cabin systems were capable of filtering out 99.8 per cent of air contaminants.

Ryanair also reacted positively to the news. Europe’s largest airline plans to resume flights from June 1, and said that the measures would allow for Europe’s tourism industry to restart in July and August.

The airline’s CEO Michael O’Leary, who has previously been an outspoken critique of some measures proposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus, such as a quarantine period for travellers entering into countries, again called on Irish and UK governments to abandon quarantine restrictions. 

‘We call again on the Irish and UK governments to abandon their unexplainable, ineffective, and unimplementable quarantine restrictions,’ he said. 

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Popular New York City eatery gives sneak peek at post-coronavirus dining

NEW YORK (Reuters) – As shut-in Americans long for the days when they can once again enjoy simple pleasures like dining out, one New York City steakhouse has provided a possible glimpse of how reopened restaurants might look in the post-coronavirus age.

When the Brooklyn Chop House reopens in Lower Manhattan’s Financial District this summer, diners will encounter temperature checks at the door, plastic dividers between tables, sanitizer-infused towels, and wait staff wearing restaurant-branded fishing caps with plastic face shields.

“We created a fishing cap to make it a little fun, because I’ve got to convince my staff to wear it, and it’s actually very comfortable,” said Stratis Morfogen, the restaurant’s director of operations, as he donned a face shield.

As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the United States, restaurants closed their doors, with 5.5 million restaurant industry workers losing their jobs in April alone, according to the National Restaurant Association.

The virus hit New York establishments especially hard, where, the industry group says, restaurants accounted for 9% of employment in the state in 2019 and brought in $51.6 billion in sales in 2018.

The Brooklyn Chop House, known for its fusion of American steakhouse and Asian food, is working hard to prepare for reopening and Morfogen estimates the changes will cost $15,000.

Tables will be separated by plastic partitions, and plates and glasses will be wrapped in plastic to prevent contamination.

The restaurant will also use small paper strips to measure the level of disinfectant on surfaces.

In addition, the restaurant’s former 200-seat capacity will be 30% lower, to satisfy social-distancing criteria.

“We don’t want you to feel like you’re eating in a hospital or prison,” Morfogen said. “But we have to respect the healthcare workers” and prevent people from becoming infected.

“We want your comfort level to be high, where you come in here and enjoy yourself,” he said. “We’re all going to need it after this.”

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New 20-min coronavirus test gives diagnosis ‘on the spot’ – as Hancock confirms antibody test roll out next week – The Sun

A NEW "on the spot" coronavirus test which can diagnose the bug in just 20 minutes has been developed in the UK, Matt Hancock has announced.

The swab test, which can determine if someone currently has the virus, will be trialled from today and could be rolled out as soon as possible, the Health Secretary said.

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It comes after the Government announced today that NHS workers will be the first to get antibody tests from next week.

No10 confirmed it had agreed a deal with Roche to roll out the tests free of charge to those who need them.

The antibody test can show whether someone has previously had coronavirus, while a swab test can determine if a person is currently infected.

Speaking about the Government's latest approach to testing, Mr Hancock told the daily Downing Street press briefing today: "Working with innovative science always has its risks.

"Lots of projects don’t come off. But I'm prepared to back innovative developments even if they might never happen.

"I think it’s worth it especially in these circumstances to back things before you know for sure if they’re going to work and I make no apologies for that.

"We’re working with many top names to help us deliver testing with a rapid turn around.

"For example, one innovative company Optigene has produced an early test which is being trialled from today. It’s interesting to us because it is so fast.

"It doesn't need to be sent to a lab to be processed so you get the result on the spot – typically within 20 minutes.

"It’s already proven to be effective in early trials and we want to find out if it’ll be effective on a larger scale.

"We’ll monitor its effectiveness very closely and if it works we’ll roll it out as soon as we can."

Antibody tests

Earlier today, No10 announced that healthcare workers at four hospitals across the UK, will be the first to discover if they have already had Covid-19 – before they are rolled out more widely.

The PM's spokesperson said that as well as NHS staff, care workers would get priority. Health secretary Matt Hancock is expected to reveal more details later today.

Blood samples will be taken from a patient and analysis will show whether or not they have had the virus.

Official figures show more than 35,000 people have died due to the coronavirus and the new test will help provide information on the level of immunity some patients have towards the virus.

But experts have cautioned that given Covid-19 is a new disease, we still do not know how long any antibodies may protect a person against reinfection.

Way out of lockdown?

Royal Preston Hospital will be one of the trusts to receive the kits and experts have said they will be able to perform thousands of tests per day from June 1, 700 tests a day are currently being completed in Preston.

The tests will help the lab understand how many people in the population is affected and it will then become part of a nationwide track and trace initiative.

Made by Roche, it is set to compliment current antigen testing that involves a swab and tells you if you currently have the bug.

The trust in Preston welcomed the new testing capabilities and Dr Martin Myers, consultant clinical biochemist at the hospital said it will help public health doctors decide how to unlock where we are going as a society.

It comes after Superdrug yesterday became the first high street shop to sell a home test for Covid-19, with kits selling out within hours of being added to their website.

NHS England’s medical director Stephen Powis did however urge caution with regards to home tests warning it's not known “how good they are”.

Speaking to Sky News he added that it will also be able to see how many of us have the disease and how many of us have antibodies to it.

"So it is really giving them the intelligence and information as to how many of us have had the disease."

This is while microbiologist Dr David Orr said the tests will make better informed decisions but said that it will still be hard to tell how well the antibodies are killing the virus.

In a statement the  Department of Health and Social Care in England said: Antibody testing is an important part of our strategy to counter the spread of COVID-19 and to help us understand who has had the disease.

"In addition to the recent huge expansion of the UK's swab-based coronavirus testing capacity, we are actively developing our plans for antibody testing across the NHS and ultimately the wider public."


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