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ZURICH (REUTERS) - Switzerland on Wednesday tightened nationwide restrictions to contain the country's rising wave of Covid-19 cases, ordering dance clubs to be closed from Thursday (Oct 29), halting in-person university classes starting early next month, and placing new limits on sporting and leisure activities. The duration of the new measures - which include the requirement to wear masks in offices where distance cannot be maintained, secondary schools and even outdoors if people come too close together - is indefinite, the government said. Events will be limited to 50 people or less, and sporting and cultural activities with more than 15 people will be banned. Bars and restaurants must close at 11pm. The country also plans to deploy rapid Covid-19 tests, more of which are coming onto the market, to help expand screening capacity stretched by rising cases in recent days. Coronavirus infections rose by 8,616 in a day, data from Swiss health authorities showed on Wednesday. "Covid-19 cases are rising," President Simonetta Sommaruga told a news conference in Bern. "We don't have any time to lose. The damage to the economy would be greater if we were to do nothing now."
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Swift Navigation, a San Francisco-based tech firm redefining GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) and precise positioning technology for mass-market applications in autonomous vehicles, mobile and Internet of Things (IoT), today announced its production-grade SSR (State Space Representation) service is available across Swift’s extensive coverage areas. SSR is a bandwidth-efficient format to deliver GNSS corrections to mass-market applications at unprecedented scale—ideal for automotive and mobile customers. As a new option for corrections delivery available as part of Swift’s Skylark™ precise positioning service, SSR delivers seamless and homogeneous accuracy throughout a coverage area. To date, Skylark delivered corrections in OSR (Observation State Representation) format for compatibility with legacy equipment but with the introduction of SSR, the power of Swift’s cloud error modelling is now available in its native format. SSR provides users with much finer-grained information about GNSS error sources. SSR divides the coverage region into a series of “tiles” which can be broadcast to all users within that tile, enhancing scalability and minimizing bandwidth while maintaining the utmost security and privacy. With the capacity to reach millions of connected devices in markets such as mobile and automotive, it is critical to provide both
Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline have committed 200 million doses of their experimental coronavirus vaccine to a global effort to distribute shots around the world, the drugmakers said Wednesday. The doses will go to the COVAX Facility, a World Health Organization-backed initiative meant to give rich and poor countries alike equal access to crucial COVID-19 vaccines once they’re ready. More than 180 countries and economies have signed onto the initiative aiming to have 2 billion vaccine doses available by the end of next year. Paris-based Sanofi and UK-based GlaxoSmithKline say they’ll provide the shots as long as their vaccine wins regulatory approval, which the companies expect to seek in the first half of 2021. “The commitment we are announcing today for the COVAX Facility can help us together stand a better chance of bringing the pandemic under control,” Thomas Triomphe, the global head of Sanofi’s vaccine business, said in a statement. Sanofi and GlaxoSmithKline started an early-stage clinical trial in early September for their vaccine, which got a $2.1 billion funding commitment from the Trump administration in July. The companies expect to have the first results from that study in early December to support the start of a late-stage trial by the