Albania reports 1,153 new coronavirus cases, 17 deaths

2021-02-20 22:36:23 GMT2021-02-21 06:36:23(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

TIRANA, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Albania's Health Ministry on Saturday reported over 1,100 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours.

According to the ministry, a total of 3,975 tests were carried out in the last 24 hours, of which 1,153 were positive for the virus, taking the total tally of coronavirus cases in the country to 99,062.

Meanwhile, the coronavirus-related death toll in the country rose by 17 in the 24-hour span to 1,653, and the recoveries increased by 928 to 62,533.

On Saturday, vaccination started in central Albania city of Elbasan. Minister of Health and Social Protection Ogerta Manastirliu, who was paying a visit to the regional hospital in Elbasan, said 80 doctors and nurses will receive the first dose of a coronavirus vaccine on the first day.

So far, Albania's vaccination campaign has been ongoing in five cities, including the capital Tirana.

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

Meanwhile, 251 candidate vaccines are still being developed worldwide -- 70 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 Feb. 19. Enditem