TIRANA, April 24 (Xinhua) -- Over 58 percent of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 in Albania have recovered, doctor Eugena Tomini from the Public Health Institute told reporters on Friday.
Tomini said that 15 new coronavirus cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours by the public health institute, of which nine are in the capital city Tirana.
To date, health authorities have tested 6,768 suspected cases, of which 678 have been confirmed positive for the virus. So far, 27 people in the country have succumbed to the disease.
Within the past 24-hour period, nine patients have recovered, bringing the total recoveries to 394, or 58.1 percent of the total confirmed cases, she added.
Currently, a total of 38 patients are hospitalized in two COVID-19 hospitals in Tirana.
The capital Tirana has the most infection cases with 285, followed by Shkodra and Kruja with 103 and 65 cases, respectively.
From Friday 5:30 p.m. local time, the country will enter a curfew until 5 a.m. on Monday.
Via a video communication with the citizens on Friday, Prime Minister Edi Rama announced that no one will be allowed to leave home during the weekend. Last weekend the elderly people were allowed to come out on Saturday and mothers with their children on Sunday.
However, the government has announced that it would further relax its measures against the virus starting from April 27, with more businesses allowed to operate under strict health protocols after seven weeks of total lockdown. Enditem