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Ireland, which still has lower infection rates than much of Europe, reported 45 new cases of COVID-19 on Saturday, up from a peak of 85 cases in two months on Thursday.
“Over the past five days, we’ve seen an average of 44 cases per day. This trend is clearly of concern, ”Chief Medical Officer Ronan Glynn said in a statement.
Vietnamese Danang to test entire population as outbreak spreads beyond city
The Vietnamese coastal city of Danang plans to test its entire population of 1.1 million people for coronavirus infection, government officials said on Saturday, as 40 new cases linked to the tourist hotspot were reported across the country, bringing the total number of infections to 586, including three deaths.
Most of the new cases are linked to hospitals in Danang city, where the first locally transmitted infection in more than three months was detected last week.
The health ministry said on Saturday that up to 800,000 visitors to Danang have left for other parts of the country since July 1, adding that more than 41,000 people have visited three hospitals in the city since.
Ottawa rolls out its own contact tracing app, raising questions about ABTraceTogether
The federal government’s app, called COVID Alert, is now available for download across Canada, but will initially only work in Ontario. It will notify users if they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the previous two weeks.
Like ABTraceTogether, the app is voluntary and uses Bluetooth technology to identify other phones also running the same app. Alberta Health spokesperson Tom McMillan notes that while the Alberta app is being used to notify contact tracers in Alberta about potential cases, the federal app is sending messages to people who can. have been exposed, requiring them to contact health authorities.
Three students now infected with COVID-19 at Calgary Catholic Summer School
An in-person summer course at a Calgary Catholic high school is now linked to three cases of COVID-19, Alberta Health confirmed Friday.
The new cases follow Wednesday’s announcement that a student at the school had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, forcing all other students in their class as well as a teacher to a 14-day quarantine.