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Schools to close a day early as over 5,500 virus cases confirmed in 24 hours

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Daily confirmed coronavirus cases grew to a record 5,523 on Tuesday, as the number of tests saw a parallel surge.

The Health Ministry said Wednesday morning that 166,794 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 since the pandemic began, including 42,862 active cases — a number that has been sharply rising for the past few weeks.

Of them, 535 were in serious condition, including 138 on ventilators. Another 213 were in moderate condition and the rest had mild or no symptoms.

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The ministry said 55,734 test results came back on Tuesday — a new record — of which 9.9 percent were positive,........

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