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The coronavirus death toll in Belgium is now over 2,000, but the number of COVID-19 patients at hospitals is declining, health authorities announced on Tuesday.

The jump in the death toll, which rose to 2,035 from 1,632 on Monday, was partly because elderly care centers in the Flanders region reported 241 fatalities, which occurred between April 1 and April 4, in one go.

A total of 1,380 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed and 314 patients were admitted to hospitals over the past 24 hours, according to the Federal Public Service of Health’s data.

The new cases have raised Belgium’s

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