SANTIAGO, Sept. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chile on Thursday said it again registered more than 100 deaths from the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in a single day, for the first time since the end of July.
According to the Ministry of Health, 124 more COVID-19 patients died in the previous 24 hours, raising the total death toll to 12,469.
However, the government said the increase in fatalities was "due to a delay in the registration of deaths in the Civil Registry (because of the recent national holidays) and not due to a change in trend," the daily La Tercera reported.
"In the past four days, an average of 23 daily deaths were recorded" nationwide, the daily said, citing government figures.
In 13 of Chile's 16 regions, the number of new cases of COVID-19 has dropped in the past week, the ministry said.
Tests detected 1,731 new cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, taking the total caseload to 451,634.
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