TIRANA, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- The Albanian Health Ministry on Tuesday reported seven deaths caused by COVID-19 infection in the last 24 hours, a record high number for the country since the start of the pandemic in March.
According to the ministry, a total of 1,278 tests were conducted and 284 new coronavirus cases were registered over the last 24 hours.
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Albania since the start of the pandemic is 19,729, among which 8,434 are active cases.
Meanwhile, the number of fatalities increased to 487 on Tuesday.
The ministry said that 103 people recovered in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of recoveries in Albania to 10,808.
Also On Tuesday, Albanian State Police said that a total of 621 citizens has fined for not respecting the order of wearing a protective mask outside, bringing the total number of citizens who have received a fine so far to 8,399.
In an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Albanian government has made wearing of masks mandatory in outside spaces starting from Oct. 15.