Nearly 2,500 new coronavirus cases – a major spike compared to recent figures – were registered in Belgium over the past 24 hours, health authorities announced on Wednesday. 

The Federal Public Service of Health’s data showed 2,454 more cases have pushed the country’s total to 33,573.

However, officials clarified that only 617 of the latest cases are new, as the remaining 1,837 are final results from more than 10,000 tests conducted at elder care homes since April 10.

Belgium’s death toll moved up to 4,440 after 283 more fatalities were confirmed since Tuesday.

Officials said 250 COVID-19 patients were

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