TIRANA, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- The number of new coronavirus infections registered in Albania in a single day hit a record on Friday, as health authorities reported a total of 896 infections in the past 24 hours.
For four consecutive days, health authorities have reported new cases close to 900, the largest daily numbers since the start of the pandemic in Albania.
On Friday, Albanian health authorities conducted a total of 3,761 coronavirus tests in the past 24 hours and 896 citizens have tested positive for the virus. The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Albania reached 76,350.
In the past 24 hours, health authorities reported eight COVID-19 related deaths and 514 recoveries, bringing the total number of fatalities and recoveries to 1,358 and 46,420 respectively.
The capital city Tirana remains the epicenter of the outbreak, counting for most of the new infections, 306 in the past 24 hours, and active cases estimated at over 16,500.
As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, vaccination is underway in some countries with the already-authorized coronavirus vaccines.
Meanwhile, 236 candidate vaccines are still being developed worldwide -- 63 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 Jan. 26.