Two Californians arrested for false COVID tests

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A 34-year-old man and a 33-year-old woman, both from California, have been arrested in Hawaii for submitting fraudulent COVID-19 test results in an attempt to circumvent a traveler quarantine requirement that aims to maintain the the hard-pressed coronavirus spread across the islands, The Associated Press reported on Friday, October 1.

The man and woman, who have not been identified, uploaded false negative test results to the Hawaii Safe Travels portal, then traveled to Lihue on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles, according to Kauai Police. They were released pending investigation and returned to Los Angeles, according to AP.

Travelers visiting Hawaii should self-quarantine for 10 days if they are not fully vaccinated in the United States or if they test negative for COVID-19 before coming to Hawaii.

Hawaiian authorities have been strict in this warrant, arresting those who break their travel rules, including a woman who uploaded a bogus vaccination card last night who misspelled Moderna as “Maderna.”

Related news: Only a quarter of post-pandemic consumers willing to go out – and spend – more

About half (48%) of consumers said in a recent PYMNTS survey that they were still “very” or “extremely” concerned about the pandemic affecting their health or that of their loved ones, while more than three in five (62 %) are “very” or “extremely” concerned about its long-term economic effects.

“The Post-Pandemic Consumer at 18 Months: Spend Now, Worry Later,” which surveyed nearly 2,500 people at the end of July, shows consumers want to go out and do more because they are less worried about the pandemic , with 27% planning to dine out more in the next three months, the same percentage planning to travel more to the United States during the same period.

One in four respondents will buy more from grocery stores, they told PYMNTS, and 14% plan to spend more time working in their company offices rather than remotely.

Also see: U.S. consumer confidence declines for the second month

Still, U.S. consumer confidence fell for the second month in a row amid concerns about inflation and the continued spread of the delta variant of COVID-19, according to the Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, passing. from 115.2 in August to 109.8 in September.

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NEW PYMNTS DATA: TODAY’S SELF-SERVICE PURCHASE JOURNEY – SEPTEMBER 2021

On: Eighty percent of consumers want to use non-traditional payment options like self-service, but only 35 percent were able to use them for their most recent purchases. Today’s Self-Service Shopping Journey, a PYMNTS and Toshiba Collaboration, analyzes more than 2,500 responses to find out how merchants can address availability and perception issues to meet demand for self-service kiosks.

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