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Coronavirus live news: US doctors urge Trump to share Covid data; record cases in Tokyo

Medical establishment says cooperation can save lives; UK pressed to open transatlantic travel corridors; South Australia locks down for 6 days

Taiwan, often cited as a success story in the fight against Covid, is set to impose new travel restrictions, Reuters reports.

From next month Taiwan will require almost all visitors to have negative Covid-19 tests before arriving, tightening rules after an uptick in imported cases, the government said on Wednesday.

The US has issued an emergency use authorisation for the first self-administered rapid coronavirus test, as more parts of the country increase restrictions in an attempt to halt a Covid-19 surge, AFP reports:

The Food and Drug Administration approved a testing kit for people age 14 and older whom a doctor suspects to have Covid-19. The test, which is by prescription only, delivers results in 30 minutes. FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn said:

We continue to demonstrate unprecedented speed in response to #COVID19. FDA authorized the first #COVID19 test that’s fully self-administered & provides results at home. It’s an important advancement, underscoring our commitment to expanding test access.

We continue to demonstrate unprecedented speed in response to #COVID19. FDA authorized the first #COVID19 test that’s fully self-administered & provides results at home. It’s an important advancement, underscoring our commitment to expanding test access. https://t.co/pgoSbvTLYy pic.twitter.com/cF75XHcNMg

The EUA is for a molecular single-use test intended to detect the virus that causes #COVID19. The home test kit is authorized for use with a self-collected nasal swab sample from individuals ages 14 and older who are suspected of #COVID19 by their health care provider.

The test is also authorized for use in point-of-care settings such as doctor’s offices, hospitals, urgent care centers and emergency rooms for all ages, but the healthcare provider must collect the sample from any individual under age 14.

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