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India’s tech hub Bengaluru, other towns back in lockdown as coronavirus infections surge

BENGALURU/MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s high-tech hub of Bengaluru will go back into a coronavirus lockdown for a week on Tuesday after a surge of infections, threatening to derail government efforts to revive a stuttering economy.

Employees walk in front of a building dubbed the “washing machine”, a well-known landmark built by Infosys at the Electronics City IT district in Bangalore, February 28, 2012. Picture taken on February 28, 2012. REUTERS/Vivek Prakash

Places of worship, public transport, government offices and most shops will shut down again from the evening, and people will be confined to their homes, only allowed out for essential needs.

Schools, colleges and restaurants will stay shut, authorities said.

Bengaluru, home to some of the world’s biggest IT companies, such as Infosys (INFY.NS), had only about 1,000 novel coronavirus cases in mid-June and was seen to have done better than other parts of the India in

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India’s tech hub, other towns back in lockdown as coronavirus infections surge

BENGALURU/MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s high-tech hub of Bengaluru will go back into a coronavirus lockdown for a week on Tuesday after a surge of infections, threatening to derail government efforts to revive a stuttering economy.

A health worker in personal protective equipment (PPE) walks holding an umbrella on a rainy day during a check up campaign for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Mumbai, India, July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Francis Mascarenhas

Places of worship, public transport, government offices and most shops will shut down again from the evening, and people will be confined to their homes, only allowed out for essential needs.

Schools, colleges and restaurants will stay shut, authorities said.

Bengaluru, home to some of the world’s biggest IT companies, such as Infosys, had only about 1,000 novel coronavirus cases in mid-June and was seen to have done better than other parts of the India in terms of testing and contact

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Smiths to help make blood-based coronavirus test in Britain

(Reuters) – Smiths Group (SMIN.L) will help produce a blood-based COVID-19 antibody test approved by Britain’s healthcare regulator in the firm’s latest involvement in tackling the coronavirus.

London-listed Smiths, whose baggage screening kit and explosive detectors are common in airports, delayed a long-sought separation of its medical unit in March to focus on making ventilators for Britain.

Smiths said on Wednesday it had agreed with privately held biopharma firm Attomarker, which makes tests for diabetes, allergies and infections, to manufacture its handheld, triple antibody COVID-19 test device for an undisclosed sum.

Antibodies are the body’s natural defence to infections, and their presence in the blood to confirm COVID-19 is also being used in tests developed by Roche (ROG.S) and Abbott (ABT.N).

Attomarker’s test for the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus will look for three different virus proteins and three types of antibodies, improving

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Amazon workers in Germany to go on strike over coronavirus infections

FILE PHOTO: A parcel moves on the conveyor belt at Amazon’s logistics centre in Graben near Augsburg December 16, 2013. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Workers at six Amazon sites in Germany will go on strike on Monday in protest over safety after some staff at logistics centres tested positive for coronavirus, labour union Verdi said.

Verdi said on Sunday that the strike would last at least 48 hours, under the motto ‘Good and healthy work’, to denounce what it called a lack of transparency by the U.S. retail giant after workers tested positive for COVID-19.

“We have information that at least 30 to 40 colleagues were infected,” said Verdi representative Orhan Akman.

Amazon has faced a long-running battle with unions in Germany over better pay and conditions for logistics workers, who have staged frequent strikes since 2013.

Verdi said the strikes will hit Amazon sites in Leipzig, Bad Hersfeld,

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