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LONDON (REUTERS) - Passengers will undergo a one-hour coronavirus test before flying out of the United Kingdom under plans to open up international travel, The Times reported on Tuesday (Oct 20). Rapid tests will be introduced from Tuesday at Heathrow Airport to allow travellers to enter countries where a negative Covid-19 test result is needed to skip quarantine, the newspaper said. Testing will begin initially for travellers going to Hong Kong and Italy, Times said. According to the report, passengers require to book a test in advance at a cost of 80 pounds (S$140). Heathrow Airport did not immediately respond when contacted by Reuters. Last week, Britain's transport minister Grant Shapps said his coronavirus testing plans would get more people flying in the months ahead. Related Stories:
Singapore will become the world's first country to use facial verification in its national ID scheme, but privacy advocates are alarmed by what they say is an intrusive system vulnerable to abuse. This biometric check will do away with the need to remember a password or security dongle when performing many everyday tasks, its creators say.
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA (REUTERS) - New Jersey tech entrepreneur Arun Bantval is US presidential candidate Joe Biden's top fake-news watchdog on messaging service WhatsApp about the Democrat and his Indian American running mate Kamala Harris. Messages on WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, are confidential and cannot be seen by moderators who police misleading memes, claims and other content on the social media giant's flagship platform. Two billion users rely on WhatsApp's free app to chat with individuals and groups of up to 256 people. Mr Bantval, 56, who chairs the Biden campaign's five-member rapid response team focused on South Asian voters, has tracked dozens of concerning messages of unknown origin and crafted about 50 rebuttal graphics and texts over the last three months. His team and similar ones at non-partisan groups are trying to fill WhatsApp's moderation void by joining big WhatsApp groups and asking community leaders to report items. Fighting fake news on social media such as Facebook and Twitter has become standard practice for campaigns. But apps for secret messaging such as WhatsApp have flown under the radar despite serving as a crucial political forum among middle-aged Indians, Latinx and other immigrant groups. South Asian