In the week of 14-20 September, the number of new cases of Covid-19 rose to 672, compared to 282 the previous week, said the Ministry of Health in Wednesday's weekly update.

Fewer residents were tested for Covid last week, with 40,596 tests carried out.

672 people tested positive for the virus, meaning the Grand Duchy once again lies over the threshold of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The rate is currently 107.33 per 100,000, compared to last week's 45.04 per 100,000.

12,040 tests were carried out on prescription, while 21,911 took place as part of the large-scale testing scheme.

2,926 Findel passengers took advantage of the airport-issued test invitations last week, and 3,728 people were tested as part of contact tracing.

The number of active infections is now 953, compared to 564 the previous week. The number of patients who have recovered from the virus has risen to 6,839 from 6,556.

The reproduction rate has risen from 1.01 to 1.44, while the rate of positive tests has also seen a significant increase: 0.55% to 1.66%.

Last week the average age amongst new cases was 31.3 years. This week the average age has risen slightly to 33.4 years.

Quarantined cases

The number of contacts over the last week was 5,373. 2,284 people were placed in quarantine, a 91% increase. 768 people were in isolation, a 32% increase on the previous week. 
Quarantine by age

    0-14 yrs

15-29 yrs

30-44 yrs

45-59 yrs

60+ yrs

29.06.2020

05.07.2020

21%

32%

23%

20%

4%

06.07.2020

12.07.2020

27%

27%

23%

19%

3%

13.07.2020

19.07.2020

29%

27%

21%

19%

4%

20.07.2020

26.07.2020

25%

24%

24%

21%

6%

27.07.2020

02.08.2020

23%

27%

24%

20%

5%

03.08.2020

09.08.2020

25%

26%

23%

21%

6%

10.08.2020

16.08.2020

18%

27%

25%

22%

7%

17.08.2020

23.08.2020

17%

30%

25%

22%

6%

24.08.2020

30.08.2020

18%

30%

24%

21%

6%

31.08.2020

06.09.2020

19%

31%

24%

22%

5%

07.09.2020

13.09.2020

25%

25%

25%

20%

6%

14.09.2020

20.09.2020

30%

23%

23%

18%

6%


Majority of cases still traced back to trips abroad

The number of new cases infected abroad reduced slightly from 32% to 31%, but remained the primary source of new infections. 20% of cases were traced back to contamination among families, with 6% occurring at the workplace and 3% at parties or gatherings.

Wastewater is being tested at 13 locations around the country, with no traces of the virus found in Echternach or Grevenmacher.

However, researchers found a higher concentration of the virus in Beggen, Schifflnge, Pétange and Bettembourg, among others.