Turkey’s new COVID-19 cases remain above 1,000 for third day

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Turkey’s daily confirmed COVID-19 cases remained over 1,000 for a third consecutive day, according to Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

On his daily Twitter update on Thursday, Koca said that 1,153 people had tested positive for COVID-19 over the previous 24 hours, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 237,265.

New cases had hovered just below 1,000 from July 13 until Tuesday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government had said 1,000 was a critical threshold.

The country’s death toll from the disease rose to 5,798 on Thursday, with 14 new fatalities over the previous 24 hours, Koca reported.

Diken reported on Wednesday that a health official issued a warning over hospital capacity in the central Anatolian city of Konya.

“If it goes at this pace, even another city hospital would not be enough to cope. We must be careful,” Konya Provincial Health Director Mehmet Koç said.

Koca responded to recent claims by doctors in Turkey’s coronavirus hotspots that hospitals are filling up with more cases than are reflected in the official nationwide count.

“Contrary to false allegations, not a single city is overflowing with patients or a hospital full to capacity due to COVID-19 in Turkey. Please give credence only to official statements by the Ministry of Health,” Koca said in a Tweet on Thursday written in English.

“KONYA Province: Ward bed occupancy rate is 48 percent, ICU occupancy is 76 percent and mechanical ventilator use is 42 percent. Allegations of 100 percent occupancy/use are 100 percent ill-intentioned. Pay no attention to those who underrate the disease and those who portray hospitals as desperate,” he said.

Ahval

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