Slovakia's COVID-19 case record inflated by system glitch

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PRAGUE (Reuters) – Slovakia reported 15,278 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, the highest number in a single day since the pandemic broke out, but the Health Ministry said a technical issue inflated the number.

“The reason for today's high number of positive test results is additional data, which did not pass from laboratories to the information system on Nov. 30,” the ministry said.

The ministry did not specify the actual number of cases detected on Thursday.

The country of 5.5 million has 3,404 people hospitalised with the illness, including 630 in intensive care.

Slovakia has one of the European Union's lowest rates of vaccination uptake.

(Reporting by Robert Muller; editing by John Stonestreet and Barbara Lewis)

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