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More tests, more patients cured, but four more die

More tests, more patients cured, but four more die

by CS 03.05.2020 From our online archive
Teachers and students offered tests before classroom teaching resumes on 4 May

Luxembourg carried out 3,223 tests for the coronavirus over the weekend, significantly ramping up the speed with which it is tracing infections as part of a plan to screen the entire population over the coming months.

Just 349 people in the Grand Duchy are now suffering from the Covid-19 disease caused by the virus, with the vast majority of the total of 3,824 cases found since the epidemic started now cured.

The test of the entire population is expected to find people who, while carrying the virus, do not show symptoms but might still infect others.

The exercise is taking place as the country is progressively lifting the lockdown it imposed in the middle of March.

Construction sector employees were among the first to get tested methodically, as they headed back to work on 20 April. Authorities also made available tests for 6,000 high schoolers and 2,500 teachers, who will return to the classroom on Monday.

Luxembourg added 12 infections on Sunday, with 115 people still being treated in hospital. Of those, 22 are in intensive care. Four more patients died of the disease, bringing the total number of victims to 96.

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