Positive virus test rate hits new low as serious patients go below 500

The rate of positive coronavirus tests has hit a new low since the beginning of the second wave in June, with just 1.9% of all 26,282 test results that have come back so far today returning positive.

The number of patients in serious condition has fallen below 500 for the first time in about six weeks, according to the data released by the Health Ministry.

There were 569 new cases confirmed yesterday, 2.9% of the 19,958 test results. Another 495 have been added to the tally today.

The total number of cases since the pandemic began is 310,600, including 13,375 active cases. Of them, 486 are in serious condition, including 196 on ventilators. Another 142 are in moderate condition and the rest have mild or no symptoms.

The death toll grows to 2,440.

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