Turkey records highest COVID-19 infections in weeks

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Turkey announced on Sunday 1,562 new COVID-19 cases, the highest figure in almost one month, as the country’s health minister urged citizens to avoid optimism without exercising protective measures against the pandemic.

The number of recovered patients has once again fallen below the new infections, Fahrettin Koca said on Twitter, announcing 15 new deaths due to the novel virus.

The latest figures bring Turkey’s death toll to 4,807 while 178,239 people have contracted the virus since March 11, when Turkey announced its first case.

Seven hundred seventeen patients diagnosed with the virus remain in intensive care and 290 remain on respirators.

“As of tomorrow, let us enter the period of controlled social life,’’ Koca said.

Infections have been on the rise in Turkey since travel restrictions were lifted and facilities reopened at the beginning of the month, according to Reuters.

At the beginning of this month, Turkey lifted weekend curfews and curbs on intercity travel, re-opened cafes, restaurants, parks and beaches, and resumed some international flights after the number of daily deaths and infections took a downward trajectory in recent weeks.

But Turkey’s top medical association has come out in criticism of the decision to ease restrictions. The moves arrived too soon and are not backed by science, the Turkish Medical Association said.

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