Coronavirus company news summary – UK Royal Navy cancels passing out parade for recruits at HMS Raleigh

16 September 2020 (Last Updated September 18th, 2020 07:01)

16 September

The Royal Navy has announced the suspension of passing out parade for recruits at its shore training establishment HMS Raleigh at Torpoint, Cornwall, UK. The cancellation comes after a “small number of personnel” at the naval base were confirmed Covid-19 positive. A Royal Navy spokesperson said: "Personnel identified as having been in contact with those who have tested positive are self-isolating in line with Public Health England guidance.”

The US Navy has announced the closure of Naval Base Guam Visitor Control Center due to Covid-19. The centre will remain shut until further notice. It follows after an employee at the centre was confirmed positive. Naval Base Guam acting commanding officer captain Hans Sholley said: “We remain vigilant and proactive in enforcing all health and safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and the … Visitor Control Center has put forth a very aggressive effort into ensuring the proper mitigation measures are in place.”

Global medical technology firm Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) is investigating several false-positive tests results in US nursing homes for SARS-CoV-2 on the BD Veritor Plus system. In July, the US Department of Defense and US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) invested $24.3m in the company to expand production of SARS-CoV-2 rapid point-of-care (POC) tests used for Covid-19 testing on the BD Veritor Plus analysers. In a statement, the company said: “Following our standard quality management system processes, upon learning of these reports, BD immediately contacted the sites, and we are actively investigating the situation to obtain additional details. Our quality investigation is ongoing, however, as of 15 September, there have been no issues found with the BD Veritor Plus instruments or tests.”