COVID-19 Live Updates: Calgary Coronavirus News for September 20

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β€œIn the last 24 to 48 hours, it’s like there’s been some kind of full moon and people are losing their minds now for having to wear a mask,” Deere said.

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Saturday

New COVID-19 testing methods could arrive in Alberta: Hinshaw

British Columbia is introducing a new method of gargling, rinsing and spitting to test for COVID-19 in schoolchildren. Photo courtesy of the British Columbia Health Services Authority.

Alberta public health officials are studying new, less invasive COVID-19 testing methods, the province’s senior doctor said on Friday.

During the pandemic, staff at the Alberta Public Laboratory primarily used nasopharyngeal and throat swabs to collect test samples from the back of the throat and nose.

But Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Deena Hinshaw confirmed at a press conference Friday that the province is looking at new testing methods, specifically for use with children in schools.

“We are working with our lab to look at options such as a mouth-to-mouth and auto-saliva sample, but there are different things that need to be put in place before we can use it on a large scale,” Hinshaw said.

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Saturday

France publishes new daily record for COVID-19 cases

A member of the medical staff prepares to take a sample from a man and his daughter at a COVID-19 test center installed at the European Parliament on May 12, 2020, in Strasbourg, in eastern France. Photo de FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP via Getty Images

France has reported 13,498 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours, setting another record of additional daily infections since the start of the epidemic.

The new cases brought the cumulative total to 442,194 as the seven-day moving average of daily new infections rose to more than 9,700, from a low of 272 at the end of May, two weeks after the lockdown was lifted.

Faster circulation of the virus and a six-fold increase in testing since the government made it free are the two main reasons for the scale of the increase, epidemiologists said.

The number of people who died in France from COVID-19 increased from 26 on Saturday to 31,274, a growth significantly lower than that recorded the day before.

Health officials on Friday reported a sudden rise in the country’s daily death toll from COVID-19 due to unreported cases at a hospital near Paris.

– Reuters

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