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Public health guidance on HIV, hepatitis B and C testing in the EU/EEA

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This guidance aims to provide EU/EEA countries with an evidence-based framework to help develop, implement, monitor and evaluate their own national HBV, HCV and HIV testing guidelines and programmes. It offers a range of evidence-based options for the design of testing interventions for different settings and populations and supports the concepts of diversifying and integrating testing services.

Reaching and testing those at risk of infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), hepatitis B virus (HBV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) is still a public health challenge across Europe. One in two people currently living with HIV is diagnosed late in the course of their infection and an even larger proportion of the estimated 9 million Europeans living with chronic hepatitis B or C are not aware that they are infected.

In order to interrupt existing transmission chains and prevent further infections, Europe needs a stronger focus on working closer with vulnerable populations to help better detect those with undiagnosed infections, then link them to appropriate health care services. Increasing testing coverage and uptake, especially for those most at-risk, is an essential element of any strategy to eliminate HBV, HCV and HIV in the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA). To support Member States in their efforts to improve case detection and uptake of testing programmes as part of the global effort to eliminate viral hepatitis and HIV as public health threats by 2030, ECDC is providing this evidence-based guidance on integrated testing of hepatitis B (HBV), hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV. 

Source: https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/publications-data/public-health-guidance-hiv-hepatitis-b-and-c-testing-eueea

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Robinhood Silently to Test Crypto Wallets & Crypto Transfer Functions


According to a Bloomberg report, Zero-commission financial trading platform Robinhood is low-profile testing new crypto wallet features for its customers, which will allow users to send and receive cryptocurrencies. (Read More)

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According to a Bloomberg report, Zero-commission financial trading platform Robinhood is low-profile testing new crypto wallet features for its customers, which will allow users to send and receive cryptocurrencies.

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Reportedly, Robinhood users currently can only use U.S. dollars to buy cryptocurrencies and trade digital assets on the platform but cannot withdraw the encrypted assets.

This is the first time the company has introduced deposit and withdrawal functions for digital assets like Bitcoin (BTC). 

Bloomberg reported that the beta version of the application on its IOS system reflects the company’s work on such functions. Also, there is a hidden image showing the waiting list page for users to register for the function of the encrypted wallet. It also involves the code related to the transfer of cryptocurrency assets.

Robinhood CEO Vlad Tenev pointed out in the second-quarter earnings conference call that adding a crypto wallet is the top priority of the company’s developers and said:

“It’s something that our teams are working on. The ability to deposit and withdraw cryptocurrencies is tricky to do with scale, and we want to make sure it’s done correctly and properly.”

As reported by Blockchain.News on September 9, Robinhood Markets Inc. has launched a new cryptocurrency recurring investment feature that lets customers automatically invest in cryptocurrencies on a daily, weekly, or monthly schedule.

The new feature is set to allow its customers to purchase cryptocurrency commission-free and with a little as $1 worth of cryptocurrency of their choice monthly, weekly or even daily.

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Source: https://Blockchain.News/news/robinhood-silently-to-test-crypto-wallets-crypto-transfer-functions

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Binance Ceases Crypto Futures and Options Offering in Australia

The exchange is pulling its derivatives services around the world amid regulatory crackdowns.

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Binance continued to limit its services as the crypto exchange most recently ceases offering futures, options and leveraged tokens to its customers in Australia. According to the official announcement on Tuesday, the step has been taken to comply with local regulations.

This came as an extension of already imposed restriction in Australia as the crypto exchange last month ceased the Australians from opening new accounts for trading options, margin products and leveraged tokens.

Though the crypto exchange giant will stop its offerings on September 24, the Aussie clients will have a 90 days deadline to reduce and close their positions for the ceased products. The exchange will allow users to increase or open new positions, but they can top-up margin balances to prevent margin calls and liquidations.

“Users will no longer be able to manually reduce or close their positions after 2021-12-23 11:59 PM (UTC). Thereafter all remaining open positions will be closed,” Binance stated.

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Compliance Is a Must Now

Once aimed to offer crypto trading services with almost every local fiat currencies, Binance is facing heavy regulatory backlash now. Multiple regulators, from big and small jurisdictions, are flagging Binance’s services for offerings without holding requisite licenses.

The financial regulator of Japan even said that the exchange is operating in the country without the mandatory license, while the Malaysian financial watchdog made the exchange exit the country.

While the Australian regulator did not specifically issue any warning against Binance, it issued a general warning against all unlicensed crypto exchanges offering services to Aussie traders.

“Our aim is to create a sustainable ecosystem around blockchain technology and digital assets,” Binance added. “Binance welcomes developments to our industry’s regulatory framework as they pose opportunities for the market players to have greater collaboration with the regulators.”

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Source: https://www.financemagnates.com/cryptocurrency/news/binance-ceases-crypto-futures-and-options-offering-in-australia/

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Bitcoin, Ether, And Other Crypto Prices Fall, But Experts Optimise Rebound on Horizon


Despite the current bearish week, experts identify potential cryptocurrencies that could still perform the rest of September and enable investors to earn money. (Read More)

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Today on Tuesday, September 21, top cryptocurrencies have dropped their values by double-digits amid a bearish week for the S&P 500 index and China’s property giant Evergrande’s debt crisis.

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All the entire top crypto assets are trading lower at 09.00 Eastern Time and the cryptocurrency market has wiped out more than $200 billion for the last 24 hours.

Bitcoin, the flagship cryptocurrency, has plummeted its price by 7.14% and currently trades at $42,475.15. Ethereum (ETH), the second-largest cryptocurrency, currently stands at $3,004.16, down 6.43%. Binance coin (BNB) currently trades at $361.81, down 8.11%. While Solana (SOL) currently trades at $137.70, down 4.03%, Polkadot (DOT) makes its price moves at $29.13, down 8.23%. Other crypto assets have also witnessed much more significant price plunges at the start of the week and the last 24 hours.

The global cryptocurrency market cap has also shed more than 5% to currently stand at $1.91 trillion compared to the last day.

The current plunge facing cryptocurrencies does not happen in a vacuum. Stocks have also dropped their values during a wild period for the global economy.

Meanwhile, prominent crypto analyst Justine Bennet admits that as the cryptocurrency markets plunge alongside equities and stocks, he predicts Bitcoin to see its bullish trend plans once it drops to a certain price level.

Bennet expects a big bounce when BTC reaches the $39,000 level, which is about 8% below the current price.

Also, a famous crypto strategist and trader, popularly known as Smart Contractor, believes that Bitcoin and Ethereum are likely to see deep correction while other altcoins make pullback of their values. The pseudonymous trader recently told his 165,600 followers that he sees BTC dropping to $36,000 level while Ethereum could slide below $2,600.

Besides that, the popular crypto analyst Michel van de Poppe believes that BTC is on the verge of igniting a rally to $50,000 after holding the key support level above $40,000.  

Van de Poppe also expects Cosmos (ATOM) to rally. While ATOM currently trades at $34.81, down 14.04%, the prominent analyst considers the hot altcoin as still having room to grow over 170% from the current price and could therefore hit $54.00 and $77.00 within the rest of September.

The crypto analyst also regards Chainlink (LINK) as a cryptocurrency that investors should look at as an investment with a potential swing trade.

Van de Poppe also sees Tezos (XTZ) making a new trend as the altcoin is providing an entry to its Bitcoin pair (XTZ/BTC).

“So, we can be assuming that a new trend has started in which we can be looking at a potential support resistance flip as a potential target zone to take the entry form, which is around 0.00012 BTC ($5.73),” he said.

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Source: https://Blockchain.News/analysis/bitcoinether,-and-other-crypto-prices-fall,but-experts-optimise-rebound-on-horizon

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