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Even prenatal admissions are down in Kenya

Small and medium healthcare facilities across Sub-Sarahan Africa are facing liquidation with Africa Healthcare Federation reporting an average 40% revenue drop in March. Even the maternity sector, which has held steady in Europe, has seen fewer admissions in Kenya.

Spanish dentistry re-opens but 20% contraction expected

Spain's dental clinics are re-opening with infection control protocols after being largely closed for months, but the market is expected to shrink by 20% in 2020. On top of the dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest players have been busy re-shuffling their boards and striking agreements with creditors. 

Authorities order B2C retailers to halt antibody test sales

Regulatory body Public Health England (PHE) has ordered telehealth player Babylon to stop selling B2C antibody tests until it has established their accuracy. Supplier Abbott has already said that the test is not suitable for home sample collection but players are still scrambling to sell in what's likely to be a multi-billion market.

Pandemic sparks nationalisation talks in Ireland

The Irish government is reportedly considering buying and nationalising some of the country's 19 private hospitals to help increase bed capacity in the public system. HBI talks to public and private hospital sources for and against it. 

Pandemic could accelerate push to home dialysis

COVID-19 could accelerate the push towards home haemodialysis and increased operator costs are unlikely to be reflected in revised tariffs, Fresenius Medical Care's global head of M&A Dr Wolfgang Hofmann tells HBI. 

M&A frenzy in French medicalised homecare sector

Italian industrial and medical gas group Sapio has entered France's medicalised homecare sector with the acquisition of one of the ten largest for-profit providers. It is the latest in a string of transactions in the space including by some left-field buyers. 

Using remote solutions to monitor COVID-19 patients

Remote care provider Dignio has used its solution normally reserved for elderly and chronic management to track COVID-19 patients outside hospital. HBI speaks to the company's CEO and UK manager about how it adapted there and in Norway.

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