Health Ministry: 679 COVID-19 cases confirmed yesterday; serious cases at 500

Updated Health Ministry numbers show 679 new coronavirus cases were confirmed yesterday, with 1.7% of tests positive.

There are 14,403 active cases, including 500 in serious condition, of whom 252 are listed as critical.

The death toll has grown to 6,131.

The basic reproduction number, representing the average number of people each virus carrier infects, has dropped further to 0.59.