Almost 9,000 COVID cases confirmed so far today

Updated Health Ministry figures show 8,917 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed between midnight and 5:30 pm today.

The figures show the number of active cases has surged to 76,228.

The number of serious cases continues to see a far more moderate increase, rising to 133.

The death toll rises to 8,259, six more than in the morning.

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