Britain recalls 741,000 virus testing kits over safety fears Aug 09, 2020 0 1519 12345 DPALondonThe British regulatory authority responsible for medical products has ordered the recall of hundreds of thousands of coronavirus tests after they were found not to be safe for use.Up to 741,000 tests from the Randox company are affected, the British government confirmed on Saturday. It said that it had been notified in mid-July that some kits did not meet safety standards and thus the kits should be returned and no longer used, with immediate effect.In March, Randox had received an order worth 133 million pounds (173.6 million dollars) from the British government to provide coronavirus testing kits, among other things.According to the Guardian newspaper, the order was placed without a tender, a move justified by Britain’s urgent need to rapidly expand its testing capacity.However, critics have noted that a leading member of the ruling Conservative party, Owen Paterson, acts as a consultant for the company. He receives about 100,000 pounds annually for his work, according to British parliament.The test recall is one of a series of mishaps and dubious dealings connected with the pandemic. On Thursday, it was revealed that some 50 million protective masks purchased by the Health Department were found unsuitable for use by National Health Service employees. RELATED ARTICLES Anti-govt protests in eastern Russia enter fifth weekend Aug 09, 2020 0 632 Masks made mandatory in parts of Paris amid surge in COVID-19 cases Aug 09, 2020 0 679 Leading Belarus oppn candidate’s campaign manager detained Aug 09, 2020 0 622 French say rescued 33 migrants heading for England AFP Lille French patrol boats on Saturday rescued dozens of migrants from makeshift boats in the Channel that were heading to England, maritime officials said. British interior minister Priti Patel on Friday described .. Sweltering France posts traffic jam record PARIS: France saw a record level of traffic jams on Saturday, with cars stuck in gridlock on roasting roads spanning 820 kilometres across a country suffering a brutal heatwave. France’s traffic authorities said the .. Italy extends COVID-19 restrictions, allows cruise ships to sail DPA Rome The Italian government has extended measures intended to stop the spread of coronavirus until September 7, according to a decree issued by Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s cabinet on Friday night. Masks must .. Bodies of missing marines recovered off California WASHINGTON: The bodies of seven US marines and one soldier missing for more than a week have been recovered off the coast of California, the US Marine Corps said in a statement on Friday. The remains are to be handed over to .. Pompeo to sign contract boosting US military presence in Poland DPA Warsaw US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to sign a contract to boost US military presence in Poland by an additional 1,000 troops during his visit to Warsaw, sources close to the presidential office said ..