Coronavirus live news: Iran in grip of ‘third wave’ of pandemic; Covid-related deaths in France on the rise

Coronavirus live news: Iran in grip of ‘third wave’ of pandemic; Covid-related deaths in France on the rise

September 18, 2020

New infections in Iran pass more than 3,000 a day again; deaths in France related to Covid-19 trend upwards for first time since lockdown

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Key coronavirus-related developments and headlines around the world include:

Authorities in Canada have unveiled a new non-invasive coronavirus test which avoids the need for intrusive nasal swabs, in a development which they hope will making testing easier and more accessible for students as they return to schools, writes Leyland Cecco in Toronto.

The new testing method, unveiled Thursday, is a significant departure from the standard – and often painful – nasopharyngeal swab which remains the most common method of detecting Covid-19.

Unlike the nasopharyngeal swab this is a new saline gargle where you put a little bit of normal saline water in your mouth, you swish it around a little bit – and you spit it into a little tube. And that’s an easier way to collect it for young people.

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