Turkey identifies 2,841 new coronavirus patients

Turkey identifies 2,841 new coronavirus patients

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Turkey registered 2,841 new coronavirus patients in the last 24 hours, data from the Health Ministry showed Thursday. The country's overall tally now stands at 404,894.

A total of 2,181 more patients recovered over the past day, raising the tally to 346,794, while the death toll rose by 88 to reach 11,233. Almost 148,500 COVID-19 tests were conducted across the country, bringing the total to over 15.71 million.

The figures showed that the number of patients in critical condition currently stands at 3,230, with 4.2% this week suffering from pneumonia.

“The number of patients in critical condition continues to rise,” Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca warned, urging the public to comply with the measures against coronavirus by reducing mobility and contact.

Turkey on Wednesday banned smoking in crowded public places to slow the recent surge in infections, as the government warned citizens to abide by protective measures.

While the country has avoided resorting to strict measures, the increasing number of cases forced the government to bring certain restrictions back.

Earlier this week, a partial lockdown on senior citizens was imposed in some provinces, including the capital Ankara and its largest city Istanbul, allowing citizens aged 65 and above to go outside only between10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced last week that all businesses, including restaurants, cafes, pools and cinemas, would close at 10 p.m. daily as part of measures against the pandemic.

COVID-19 has claimed more than 1.28 million lives in 191 countries and regions since last December. The U.S., India, and Brazil are currently the worst-hit countries.

More than 52.3 million cases have been reported worldwide, with over 34 million recoveries, according to figures compiled by the U.S.' Johns Hopkins University.

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