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Australian company fined $63,000 for false claims about COVID-19 testing kits and other stories

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Australian company fined $63,000 for false claims about COVID-19 testing kits

Promedical Equipment Pty Ltd based in Queensland, Australia, has been fined $63,000 by health authorities for false claims about Covid-19 test kits.

They falsely claimed they had been approved by Australian and US authorities.

The company has been linked with a series of collapsed deals to purchase and supply large quantities of Covid-19 test kits quickly.

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It was previously revealed, that the company obtained approvals as a supplier of a Chinese made Covid-19 antibody test, but no others.

When this deal eventually collapsed, they began manufacturing their own test kits, which were unsanctioned and unproven.

In marketing material, they continued to falsely claim and advertise that their tests had approvals from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA)and the US Food and Drug Administration.

Venezuelan state TV shows a US citizen confessing failed coup

State TV in Venezuela has shown a video of a US citizen apparently confessing to plotting to overthrow President Nicolás Maduro and bring him to the US.

Over the weekend, a total of 13 people were arrested.

US citizens Luke Denman and Airan Berry are currently being detained.

Venezuela has said they are ‘mercenaries’ whose armed incursion was foiled.

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Mr. Maduro has a previous history of accusing Donald Trump of trying to invade the country and overthrow him.

Earlier this week, President Trump denied any US involvement.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said, the US government will use ‘every tool’ to secure the return of the Americans.

Disneyland in Shanghai is set to reopen to the public next week

It will be the first Disney theme park to open since the pandemic began.

It is believed, the Chinese theme park will be operating several new health and safety measures for guests.

These include – face masks, contact tracing, and temperature checks.

The theme park will be operating a phased approach with limited attendance and controlled social distancing.

Disney has said, virtual queuing and other technologies are also being considered ahead of the opening.

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The park has been closed for three months, following the height of the pandemic in China.

Nearly 3.2 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the last week.

This rise now brings the grand total for people in the US out of work to 33 million since the outbreak of the virus began impacting the US in mid-March.

However, over the past few weeks, these figures have been slowly declining.

US analysts have said the number is still unprecedented, even compared to the 2008 recession.

This Friday, we’ll learn the unemployment numbers for April.

The president of the St Louis US Federal Reserve Bank, James Bullard, has commented that the report ‘will probably be one of the worst ever’ in American history.

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