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Nearly 9,000 virus cases recorded Wednesday as infections hit new high

Health Ministry says 810 people in serious condition, with 206 on ventilators, amid worries over hospitals being unable to cope with influx of patients

October 1, 2020

The Health Ministry announced on Thursday morning that a record-high nearly 9,000 new coronavirus cases were diagnosed a day earlier, as infections continued to climb and worries mounted of hospitals being overwhelmed by the runaway surge.

According to the ministry, 8,919 new coronavirus cases were recorded on Wednesday, raising the number of infections since the pandemic began to 248,133.

The previous high of 8,385 cases in a single day was notched on September 25, but the last several days saw infection numbers drop to a few thousand as testing levels fell off due to the weekend and the Yom Kippur holiday.

The Health Ministry said 65,694 tests were performed Wednesday, which also appeared to be a record high. The ministry said 13.6 percent of cases came back positive.

Two new deaths were also recorded since Wednesday evening, bringing the toll since the start of the pandemic to 1,571.

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