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Kanye West has filed to be on Arkansas’ presidential ballot and has listed Michelle Tidball, a life coach based in Wyoming, as his vice president. 

It comes after canvassers and volunteers this weekend tried to rack up petition signatures for the presidential ballot in Ohio – a key swing state that could decide who sits in the Oval Office after November.

It also follows a tumultuous month that included a bizarre first campaign rally in South Carolina, a series of tweets that touched on everything from abortion to cheating allegations lodged at his wife Kim Kardashian and concerns over the rapper’s mental health.

But on Monday, a spokesperson for the Arkansas Secretary of State told TMZ that Kanye’s campaign turned in the needed 1,000 signatures to qualify for the November election ballot.

Kanye West's (pictured) presidential campaign on Monday filed to appear on Arkansas' presidential ballot come November

Kanye West’s (pictured) presidential campaign on Monday filed to appear on Arkansas’ presidential ballot come November 

The forms were reportedly turned in just 15 minutes before the Arkansas’ noon deadline. 

Unlike his submissions in New Jersey, Illinois and Oklahoma, he listed Michelle Tidball as his Vice President. 

Kanye, 43, first named Tidball as his potential Vice President on the Fourth of July when he publicly announced he was running for office on Twitter.

He listed her as his Vice President once before on his submission to Missouri. 

Tidball, 57, described herself as a ‘biblical life coach’ and has previously mentioned on one of her teleconfrences that she does not ‘watch news.’

She hails from Cody, Wyoming – the same town where Kanye owns a $14 million ranch – but she has scrubbed clean her web presence in recent days. 

However, internet archives reveal a glimpse into the mind of the elusive ‘Biblical life coach’, who reportedly ran the website Yarash.org.

The site was ‘under construction’, but TMZ accessed one archived page featuring a biography of Tidball. 

Tidball was reportedly visited by God when she was just six months old and on the brink of death.

On the Arkansas form, he listed Michelle Tidball (pictured), a life coach from Wyoming, as his vice president

On the Arkansas form, he listed Michelle Tidball (pictured), a life coach from Wyoming, as his vice president 

‘In a hospital tent God first visited me and spoke life and destiny which I can still recall today,’ the biography states.

Tidball’s religious convictions only grew stronger, as she recounts: ‘Being raised in the church I loved God, encountered Him, but wanted to know more. At seventeen I had an encounter in the heavenly realms and made a decision to serve Him all the days of my life’.

The biography further states that Tidball has ‘various degrees in mental health and criminal justice.’

TMZ confirmed she received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Wyoming in 2003, but her additional academic credentials are unclear.

It’s unclear how the potential running mates met, but Tidball told DailyMail.com that the rapper was doing ‘just fine’ after he shared series of shocking tweets two weeks ago. 

Now, election officials in Arkansas will undergo the process of verifying the signatures as legitimate.Accusations of fraudulent signatures for Kanye’s ballot have sparked in Illinois and New Jersey.

Although Kanye’s campaign secured Arkansas, they missed nearby Kansas.

A spokesperson for the Kansas Secretary of State’s office said they needed 5,000 signatures by noon – but nothing was turned in.

Kansas’ election rules are strict and Kanye will no longer be able to run on the ballot. He will only receive votes in Kansas if residents write him in.

Over the weekend, Kanye’s campaign focused much of their energy on the Buckeye state.  

To register for the ballot in Ohio, Kanye will need to amass 5,000 valid signatures by 5pm this Wednesday. 

TMZ reports that around 90 people are currently canvasing in Ohio for signatures.

Kanye has reportedly hired the company, Let the Voters Decide, to help collect the needed signatures in Ohio, West Virginia and Arkansas. 

Securing Ohio’s ballot would be a monumental victory for Kanye since the swing state has remained a consistent indicator of who will become President of the United States. 

President Trump clinched Ohio for the 2016 election by fewer than 5,000 votes.

Kanye West (pictured) is trying secure 5,000 signatures to appear on the presidential ballot in Ohio, which is a key swing state that could affect the upcoming election

Kanye West (pictured) is trying secure 5,000 signatures to appear on the presidential ballot in Ohio, which is a key swing state that could affect the upcoming election

Ohio has 16 electoral votes that account for the seventh most in the United States.   

Kanye has already made some ground last month after he paid $35,000 to qualify for the presidential ballot in Oklahoma.

He was able to do so after he officially filled out the Form 2: Statement of Candidacy form, shows he raised or spent more than $5,000 in campaign activity. 

Kanye also completed first FEC form required to become a presidential candidate, the Statement of Organization, and will reportedly be running under the ‘Birthday Party.’

The State Election Board in Oklahoma received a notarized document on July 15 from Kanye’s campaign declaring his candidacy for president as an independent. 

Oklahoma, which has a population of nearly 4 million people amounting to seven Electoral College votes, is very Republican and went 65.3 per cent for Donald Trump in 2016. 

West filed a document to run for an independent candidate in the deep-red state of Oklahoma, which has 7 Electoral College votes, on Wednesday. At the top of the paperwork he wrote 'DONDA's PLACE' in a tribute to his mother

West filed a document to run for an independent candidate in the deep-red state of Oklahoma, which has 7 Electoral College votes, on Wednesday. At the top of the paperwork he wrote ‘DONDA’s PLACE’ in a tribute to his mother 

Less than 29 per cent voted for Hillary Clinton and nearly 6 per cent went for Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson. 

His campaign has already filed the required petitions to appear on the ballot in his Illinois, Missouri and New Jersey, but an issue regarding invalid signatures could dent plans.

In Illinois, the Intelligencer reports that Kanye’s campaign barely amassed the 2,500 signatures required after desperate volunteers canvassed in a supermarket parking lots next to the Board of Elections building with just hours to spare.

But the validity of those signatures were quickly called into question and was hit with three separate objections over their legitimacy.

One objector, Sean Tenner, claimed to find only 1,000 valid signatures among the approximately 3,200 submitted.  

Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian-West, have had a tumultuous month that culminated into a 'crisis talk' in Cody, Wyoming

Kanye West and his wife, Kim Kardashian-West, have had a tumultuous month that culminated into a ‘crisis talk’ in Cody, Wyoming

Alvin Boutte, the CEO of Bronzeville Academy Charter School in Chicago, told Chicago Sun Times that most of the signatures on Kanye’s ballot don’t match signatures on the state’s voter rolls.

Boutte also claimed that the addresses listed on Kanye’s forms don’t align with state records either. The objection was filed by attorney Pericles Abbasi on Boutte’s behalf

‘We’ve already seen what happens when people who are mentally unfit are in office,’ said Boutte, referring to President Trump.

‘So I thought it was important to challenge someone who most of us see as mentally unfit right now.’

Kanye West has been open about his struggles with bipolar disorder. Last week, Kim penned a letter on Instagram that addressed her husband’s mental health.

‘Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor.,’ she said. 

‘I understand Kanye is subject to criticism because he is a public figure and his actions at times can cause strong opinions and emotions. He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder.

‘Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions.’

She took to Instagram on Wednesday morning following West's late night Twitter meltdown

saying she is 'powerless' and calling her husband 'brilliant but complicated'

‘Complicated and painful’: Kim took to Instagram on Wednesday morning following West’s late night Twitter meltdown, saying she feels ‘powerless’ amid his struggle with bi-polar disorder 

Making her voice heard: Kim signed off the three page note with 'Kim Kardashian West'

Making her voice heard: Kim signed off the three page note with ‘Kim Kardashian West’

In New Jersey, he faced similar accusations of forged signatures by election law attorney Scott Salmon.

Salmon referred to the signature’s submitted by the rapper’s campaign as the ‘most egregious’ case of fraud he’s encountered and they were ‘almost to a degree, insulting.’

Kanye had secured 1,237 signatures in the Garden State, but Salmon determined that around 700 of them were questionable. He needed 800 for the ballot.

Additionally, Kanye has not observed New Jersey law and did not released the names of the canvassers involved. 

And, according to Salmon, half of the electors Kanye nominated were not eligible to vote in New Jersey.

One elector on the list was Victory Boyd, an R&B singer with close ties to Kanye and whose father, John Boyd, acted as the rapper’s ‘spiritual adviser’ at the South Carolina presidential rally. 

‘These individuals are not ‘qualified voters’ who could properly sign Mr. West’s petition and their endorsements are fatally defective,’ wrote Salmon in a letter against the petition, New Jersey Globe reports. 

‘The burden is on me to prove that Kanye’s petition is deficient. I’m not going to tweet out all my legal arguments right now, but the gist of what will happen is that we’ll have a screen share of the petition side-by-side with the Statewide Voter Registration System,

The court hearing for the case will reportedly happen on Tuesday of this week.

‘If everything matches, great. I don’t want people’s signatures getting bounced if they’re legitimate,’ wrote Salmon. ‘If things don’t line up, the judge will make a call on whether to exclude the voter

In Missouri, presidential candidates must submit 10,000 signatures. A state spokesperson told People that election officials began reviewing the signatures last week.  

West’s FEC filing shows funds for his campaign will go through First Bank of Wyoming – an unsurprising move as the Chicago native, who lives in California with his pop culture icon wife Kim Kardashian West and their four children, has expressed his desire to move there.

He first announced his formal intent to run for President of the United States with a tweet on the Fourth of July.

‘We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States! #2020VISION’ West wrote.

West announced July 4 that he is running for president in November, but did not fill out or file any FEC paperwork until Wednesday

West announced July 4 that he is running for president in November, but did not fill out or file any FEC paperwork until Wednesday

Kanye has mentioned his interest in the presidency in previous years, but his latest declaration has been met with this time with action.     

Just two days ago, Kanye broke his silence on Twitter to insist that his tears over abortion at his presidential rally were not a meltdown, and voiced ‘concern for the world that feels you shouldn’t cry about this.’

He added backlash over his comments were an attempt to ‘Distract, Discredit, Dismiss To Destroy.’

Kanye wrote: ‘I cried at the thought of aborting my first born and everyone was so concerned about me. I’m concerned for the world that feels you shouldn’t cry about this subject.’  

In a second tweet, Kanye added: There is a tactic of 4 D’s: Distract, Discredit, Dismiss To Destroy.

Embattled rapper Kanye West broke his silence on Twitter with two messages on Thursday

Embattled rapper Kanye West broke his silence on Twitter with two messages on Thursday 

‘I am quite alright Take a second and think about what is being projected here.’

In one tweet, he appeared lay out the 'four D's' and urged his followers to 'take a second and think about what is being projected here

In one tweet, he appeared lay out the ‘four D’s’ and urged his followers to ‘take a second and think about what is being projected here

In another tweet on Friday, Kanye shared an article that appeared to further disparage planned parenthood after he was critical of the organization in recent weeks

In another tweet on Friday, Kanye shared an article that appeared to further disparage planned parenthood after he was critical of the organization in recent weeks

 In his third tweet, he shared an article from the New York Post about the Planned Parenthood of Greater New York removing Margaret Sanger’s name from a Lower Manhattan clinic. 

Sanger,’ who created organizations that grew into Planned Parenthood, will have her name removed because of her connection to ‘eugenics.

A fourth tweet read: ‘Over 22,500,000 black babies have been aborted over the past 50 years.’ 

Last week, Kanye and Kim were spotted having an emotional conversation, after his wife flew to Cody, Wyoming, for crisis talks.

It is the first time that the married couple has been pictured together since before his campaign rally in North Charleston, South Carolina, where he officially launched his unlikely bid for presidency. 

The pair – who share children North, seven; Saint, four; Chicago, two; and Psalm, one – were seen having what appears to be crisis talks in his car after leaving a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant near his $14 million ranch. 

However, Kanye apologized to his wife in a tweet last week, amid reports that he went to hospital to be treated for anxiety.

The rapper tweeted: ‘I would like to apologize to my wife Kim for going public with something that was a private matter. I did not cover her like she has covered me.to [sic] Kim I want to say I know I hurt you. Please forgive me. Thank you for always being there for me.’ 

Prior to his meltdown on Twitter, Kanye sparked concern during a rambling and chaotic speech at his first presidential rally at North Charleston’s Exquis Event Center in South Carolina.

He shockingly revealed that he and his wife Kim had considered aborting their daughter North, who is now seven, before he got a ‘message from God’.

His unscripted speech, which came two weeks after he announced his unlikely bid for president, is said to have left his wife and her family upset and alarmed.

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The Manchester Arena bomber’s brother Ismail Abedi posted extremist images and Islamic State propaganda on social media before the attack, the inquiry into the bombing has heard

The Manchester Arena bomber’s brother Ismail Abedi posted extremist images and Islamic State propaganda on social media before the attack, the inquiry into the bombing has heard

The Manchester Arena bomber’s brother posted extremist images and Islamic State propaganda on social media before the attack, the inquiry into the bombing has heard.

Families of the 2017 atrocity’s victims have criticised MI5’s ‘obsessive secrecy’ over the public investigation, as families were told no members of the security service would be scrutinised in public.

Manchester magistrates’ court heard yesterday terrorist Salman Abedi’s older brother Ismail published extremist images on social media while his father was friends with a key lieutenant of bin Laden.

MI5 checked the Facebook account of Ismail Abedi, now 27, in July 2015, when agents found a series of photographs of him posing with weapons, the public inquiry into the terror attack heard.

John Cooper, Q.C., representing families of 12 of the 22 victims, said the account contained ‘images of Ismail Abedi holding a rocket propelled grenade launcher and sitting on an anti-aircraft gun’.

He was also depicted holding a machine gun.

Photographs were imprinted with the logo of the Islamic State terror group, Mr Cooper said.

Two months later in September 2015, Ismail was detained by border officials when entering the UK, his phone was seized and its contents downloaded.

Hashem Abedi, Salman and Ismail’s younger brother who built the Manchester bomb, was found to have used it.

Mr Cooper said: ‘The phone was apparently used by both Hashem and Ismail.’ Islamic state recruitment videos and literature were found on the phone, he added.

Manchester magistrates' court heard yesterday terrorist Salman Abedi’s older brother Ismail (centre, with other brother Hashem on the left) published extremist images on social media while his father was friends with a key lieutenant of bin Laden

Manchester magistrates’ court heard yesterday terrorist Salman Abedi’s older brother Ismail (centre, with other brother Hashem on the left) published extremist images on social media while his father was friends with a key lieutenant of bin Laden

Fellow barrister Pete Weatherby, Q.C., representing seven of the families, gave details of the Abedi family’s wider terrorist links.

He said: ‘The Abedi family was known to the Security Services, and what was known about the brothers should have been analysed in the wider knowledge of what their father and other known associates had been and were involved with and in some cases promoted on social media.

‘It is now acknowledged that Ramadan Abedi was not only a malign influence on his sons but he is also designated as a suspect in the bombing.

‘Ramadan Abedi was connected to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) and had posted pro al-Qaeda material on Facebook.

Police scrambled to Manchester Arena in their droves after the shocking attack three years ago

Police scrambled to Manchester Arena in their droves after the shocking attack three years ago

Who are the Abedi’s?: The family who refuse to co-operate with an inquiry into the murder of 22 innocent people 

Hashem Abedi

Hashem Abedi

Hashem Abedi

Hashem Abedi, 23, helped his suicide bomber brother Salman plan the sick attack on 22 innocent people attending an Ariana Grande concert in May 2017.

He helped build the bomb which his brother detonated at the concert.

Manchester-born Abedi was in Libya when the bomb went off and was arrested there and extradited to the UK.

Prior to the attack, the college drop-out, who worked as a takeaway driver,  started asking the owner of the restaurant he was working for if he could take the metal vegetable oil cans away for scrap. 

Hashem and Salman started using them to test homemade explosives they were experimenting with at their property on Elsmore Road, Manchester.

Hashem was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 55 years, after being convicted of 22 counts of murder. 

He has refused to co-operate with the inquiry.

Ramandan Abedi

Ramadan Abedi

Ramadan Abedi

The father of the pair responsible for the Manchester Arena bombings is a Libyan-British national who fought against the Gaddafi regime in with  militant group Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) – which was designated a terrorist organisation by the US, according to the Guardian.

He was arrested in Libya alongside Hashem, but was released without charge.

In Manchester, Ramadan, worked as a security officer,  and was assigned the role of muezzin at Didsbury mosque and calling out prayer five times a day. 

In 2011, Ramadan he travelled back to Libya to fight in a civil war, reports the Guardian.

Shortly before he was arrested in Libya in 2017 he ‘condemned’ terrorist attacks on civilians.

He still lives in Libya and has refused to co-operate with the inquiry.

Samia Abedi

Samia Abedi is the mother of the brothers involved in the Manchester Arena bombing.

Little is known about her background, other than that she lived with Ramadan in south Manchester for more than a decade and that all of the pair’s children were enrolled in schools in the UK.

She is known to have left the UK in 2016, though continued to receive tax credits, child and housing benefit of about £550 a week, even though she left the UK for Libya in October 2016.

During Hashem’s trial, it was heard how her two sons used her bank card to buy a battery and other items before the 2017 attack.  

Her bank statements showed a series of large cash withdrawals of between £50 and £300 each month in the UK after she left the country. 

She still lives in Libya and has refused to co-operate with the inquiry.

Joamana Abedi

Little is known about Joamana Abedi, the sister of the pair involved in the Manchester Arena bombings.

The 21-year-old is known to be living in Libya and has refused to co-operate with the inquiry.

In 2017, she gave an interview after the attack in which she described her brother as ‘kind and loving and that she was surprised by what he did.

She said he may have carried out the attack because he wanted revenge for US air strikes on Syria.

Ismail Abedi

Ismail Abedi

Ismail Abedi

The eldest of the brothers, Ismail Abedi still lives in the UK.

He has previously apologised for the actions of his brothers.

In an interview with Sky News  he said he had ‘no idea his brothers had taken this path’.

‘I want to apologise on behalf of my family to the victims, for all the pain Hashem and Salman caused,’ he said.

On his brother’s life sentence, Ismail, who has a wife and child, added: ‘I’m glad this has happened because I can put it all behind me, get on with my life and look after my family.’ 

He is claiming legal privilege in relation to the inquiry.

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‘He had high profile associates connected to al-Qaeda.’

Mr Weatherby told how Ramadan Abedi’s friends reportedly included Anas al-Libi, a fellow member of the LIFG which was affiliated to al-Qaeda and was said to be behind an attempt to assassinate Libyan president Colonel Gaddafi in the 1990s.

Al-Libi became a key lieutenant of Osama bin Laden and was accused of masterminding al-Qaeda bomb attacks on US embassies which killed 224 people. He was eventually captured by American forces and died in custody.

Mr Weatherby said: ‘Ramadan Abedi posted a photograph of him on Facebook referring to (al-Libi) as a ‘lion’.’ The inquiry heard that when stopped by counter terrorism police on leaving the UK to travel to Libya with his sons in 2011, Ramadan claimed he was taking aid to Libya including medical supplies to rebels.

‘Multiple media reports suggest otherwise,’ Mr Weatherby said.

He added that 16 other known extremists were reportedly living within a 2.5 mile radius of the Abedi family’s home in south Manchester.

‘How many of those 16 knew the Abedis and how?’ Mr Weatherby asked.

Despite the family’s Islamist links, no members of the family were referred to the Prevent counter terrorism programme, the inquiry heard.

Mr Cooper questioned why Salman Abedi managed to have ‘significant contact’ with Abdalraouf Abdallah, a Manchester-based recruiter for Islamic State currently serving a nine-and-a-half year extended jail sentence.

Contact included unsupervised prison visits, one lasting 90 minutes. Another visit, in January 2017, coincided with Hashem arranging purchase of sulphuric acid for the bomb.

‘What exactly were the Security Service doing when all this was happening?’ Mr Cooper asked.

Further questions by the families include how the Abedi brothers were able to buy large quantities of chemicals for the bomb without an alert being triggered, and why they repeatedly travelled unchallenged between the UK and war-torn Libya.

An MI5 investigation into Salman Abedi was briefly opened then closed in 2014.

Relatives of one victim, Lisa Lees, were ‘incredulous’ Salman was allowed into the UK without close scrutiny.

Mr Cooper said: ‘The families we represent are requiring this inquiry to rigorously question the security services upon their state of knowledge, not only of Salman Abedi but those clearly closely associated with him and what actions were taken.’

Duncan Atkinson, Q.C., representing seven families, said Salman Abedi had ‘hit a priority indicator’ with MI5 by March 2017 due to information received the previous year but the process ‘had not been taken further’.

Counsel for the families called for security service agents to give evidence in public.

Only one MI5 witness – a deputy director general – is scheduled to be questioned with the families’ lawyers and chairman Sir John Saunders present.

In the final report, a classified chapter on security service failings will be given to the Home Secretary. 

Mr Weatherby told how his clients had ‘grave misgivings’ about the ‘obsessive secrecy which surrounds the security services section of evidence’.

He said: ‘The current position essentially removes the whole of a central issue from public scrutiny’.

Mr Cooper said: ‘These questions should be in an open forum, transparent and accessible to the families.

‘Just where were the security services in all this?’ Mr Weatherby added: ‘To bring secrecy does not protect national security – it does the opposite. It protects failure.’

The inquiry also heard concerns from lawyers for victims’ families that ‘penny pinching’ by organisers and security contractors at the fateful Ariana Grande concert may have led to ‘underwhelming’ security and medical provision.

Guy Gozem, Q.C., representing three of the families, accused them of ‘putting profit before safety’.

The concert was deemed a ‘low risk’ by arena bosses although the UK security threat was ‘severe’.

The inquiry continues.

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Coronavirus tests that give you on-the-spot results in 15 to 30 minutes are set to be rolled out across the world, a potential landmark in the battle against the pandemic. 

The tests, which will be read by a health worker, will look like a pregnancy test, with two blue lines displayed for positive. 

One test has received emergency approval from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the other is expected to get it shortly.

The WHO announced it and leading partners agreed to the plan to roll out 120 million of the rapid-diagnostic tests to help lower and middle-income countries make up ground in a testing gap with richer countries – even if it is not fully funded yet.

Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, swabs his nose as he demonstrates a new fast result COVID-19 test

Brett Giroir, assistant secretary of Health and Human Services, swabs his nose as he demonstrates a new fast result COVID-19 test

The WHO issued an emergency-use listing last week for the antigen-based rapid diagnostic tests which cost £3.90 each.

The programme initially requires £467 million and is to get started as early as next month to provide better access to areas where it is harder to reach with PCR tests that are often used in wealthier nations.

The rapid tests look for antigens, or proteins found on the surface of the virus. They are generally considered less accurate – though much faster – than higher-grade genetic tests, known as PCR tests.

PCR tests require processing with specialised lab equipment and chemicals. Typically that turnaround takes several days to deliver results to patients.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed the programme as ‘good news’ in the fight against Covid-19.

‘These tests provide reliable results in approximately 15 to 30 minutes, rather than hours or days, at a lower price with less sophisticated equipment,’ he said.

‘This will enable the expansion of testing, particularly in hard-to-reach areas that do not have lab facilities or enough trained health workers to carry out PCR tests.

‘We have an agreement, we have seed funding and now we need the full amount of funds to buy these tests.’

Catharina Boehme, chief executive of a non-profit group called the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics, said the rollout would be in 20 countries in Africa, and would rely on support of groups including the Clinton Health Access Initiative. She said the diagnostic tests will be provided by SD Biosensor and Abbott.

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed the programme as 'good news' in the fight against Covid-19

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed the programme as ‘good news’ in the fight against Covid-19

Peter Sands, executive director of the Global Fund, a partnership that works to end epidemics, said it would make an initial 50 million dollars available from its Covid-19 response mechanism. He said the deployment of the quality antigen rapid diagnostic tests will be a ‘significant step’ to help contain and combat coronavirus.

‘They’re not a silver bullet, but hugely valuable as a complement to PCR tests, since although they are less accurate, they’re much faster, cheaper and don’t require a lab,’ he said.

Many rich countries have also faced problems rolling out accurate tests, and testing itself is no panacea – countries like France and the US have all faced backlogs and hiccups at times, and rapid tests in the UK and Spain turned out to be inaccurate.

But rolling out testing in poorer countries aims to help health care workers get a better grip on where the virus is circulating, in hopes of following up with containment and other measures to stop it.

Mr Sands said high-income countries are carrying out 292 tests per day per 100,000 people – while the lowest-income countries were conducting 14 per 100,000 people.

He said the 120 million tests would represent a ‘massive increase’ in testing, but are still a fraction of what is needed in those countries.

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Queen ‘furious after staff revolt at Sandringham’ over Christmas plans

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The Queen is said to be ‘furious’ after Royal Household staff revolted against a plan for them to stay in a Covid bubble at Sandringham over Christmas

The 20 or so employees had been asked to remain on the monarch’s Norfolk estate without their families to support her, Prince Philip and other members of the Royal Family during the festive period.

But the group are believed to have mutinied because they are unwilling to isolate from loved ones for four weeks.

The Queen is said to be 'furious' after Royal Household staff revolted against a plan for them to stay in a Covid bubble at Sandringham over Christmas. Pictured: Her Majesty pre-recording her annual Christmas Day message at Buckingham Palace before heading to Norfolk in 2018

The Queen is said to be ‘furious’ after Royal Household staff revolted against a plan for them to stay in a Covid bubble at Sandringham over Christmas. Pictured: Her Majesty pre-recording her annual Christmas Day message at Buckingham Palace before heading to Norfolk in 2018

Staff were being asked to stay for the month-long period so they could remain in a Covid bubble to protect the 94-year-old monarch.

The uprising means Her Majesty could be forced to spend Christmas at Windsor Castle for the first time in 33 years.

‘The Queen is furious,’ a royal source told The Sun.

‘The staff said enough is enough. It is absolutely unprecedented. 

The Queen typically spends her winter break at the Sandringham estate, travelling up to Norfolk after the Christmas party for extended family members at Buckingham Palace in December

The Queen typically spends her winter break at the Sandringham estate, travelling up to Norfolk after the Christmas party for extended family members at Buckingham Palace in December

‘Everybody wants to stay loyal but they feel they’ve been pushed too far by being made to isolate from their families for Christmas.’

The uprising is said to involve cleaners, laundry and maintenance workers.

A source said: ‘Discussions are taking place with the team on operational matters but it is too early to speculate on implications for Christmas.’

The Queen typically spends her winter break at the Sandringham estate, travelling up to Norfolk after the Christmas party for extended family members at Buckingham Palace in December.

The monarch could be forced to make a tough decision about who to invite over for Christmas Day if the current 'Rule of Six' restrictions remain in place into December

The monarch could be forced to make a tough decision about who to invite over for Christmas Day if the current ‘Rule of Six’ restrictions remain in place into December

Until recently she had been at Balmoral in Scotland with Prince Philip, 99, but travelled down to Sandringham on September 14.

A royal spokesperson said the Queen intends to return to Windsor Castle in October and carry out a reduced schedule of audiences and engagements Buckingham Palace in the run up to Christmas.

But the monarch could be forced to make a tough decision about who to invite over for Christmas Day if the current ‘Rule of Six’ restrictions remain in place into December.

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