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
- Israel enters unpopular second Covid lockdown
- Mutant virus: should we be worried that Sars-CoV-2 is changing ?
- Canada unveils ‘swirl, gargle and spit’ test for school children
- Lockdown measures and rising anger in Madrid
- UK coronavirus updates – live
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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