July 13 2020: News, Updates & Info From Biolink

July 13 2020: News, Updates & Info From Biolink

Winter Warnings & Variant Outbreaks

Your curated source of news, covering topics around biotech, PCRs, lateral flow and rapid antigen testing, COVID-19, and more.

Each month, the team at Biolink will bring you the best health articles, news and content we find and enjoy from around the web to keep you in the loop.


Free RAT Tests To End In July

The Guardian and News.com.au report that the Prime Minister is asking concession card holders to stock up on RAT tests. The tests are available for concession card holders for free at the moment, but the scheme is set to end on July 31st.

Read the article to determine whether you’re eligible to claim free RATs.


A Winter Covid Wave is Coming

The Age reports that an expected winter wave of COVID-19 is on its way, which will impact our nation's already under-pressure health system.


The BA.4 and BA.5 variants are contributing to a renewed wave of COVID infections and hospitalisations. This may impact the health system in the coming months, limiting the resources and beds for non-COVID related medical issues.

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The ‘Centaurus’ Variant and other COVID Variants

The Guardian is warning about the impact of another COVID variant: BA.2.57 - also known as ‘Centaurus’. The first reports that virologists in the UK are worried the new variant is more transmissible than the previous version of BA.5 which was extremely transmissible itself.

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