Wed, 14 Apr 2021

TIRANA, Feb. 25 (Xinhua) -- Albania's Health Ministry reported on Thursday 986 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours as the Technical Committee of Experts (TCE) on the coronavirus situation announced the decision to keep the restrictive measures unchanged for at least the next two weeks.

Speaking at a press conference, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection Mira Rakacolli, who is also head of the TCE, announced that the committee has decided to keep in place the restrictions imposed on Feb. 11.

According to the TCE, the COVID-19 situation in the country "is delicate, but remains stable with no increase in figures."

On Feb. 10, the TCE decided to bring forward the nationwide curfew by two hours at 8 p.m.-6 a.m. local time, when bars and restaurants could only operate delivery services. Meanwhile, in-class teaching at high schools in 10 municipalities, including that of the capital city Tirana, have shifted online.

The Health Ministry reported 21 COVID-19-related deaths in the last 24 hours, the highest daily toll since the beginning of the pandemic in the country.

On Thursday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Albania reached 104,313, with 67,158 recoveries and 1,736 fatalities.

As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, vaccination is underway in some countries with the already-authorized coronavirus vaccines.

Meanwhile, 255 candidate vaccines are still being developed worldwide -- 73 of them in clinical trials -- in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain and the United States, according to information released by the World Health Organization on Tuesday.

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