Coronavirus death toll reaches 6,673 as daily cases increase by 1,578

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Turkey‘s confirmed cases of the coronavirus increased by 1,578 in the past 24 hours, and 53 more people have died, taking the death toll to 6,673, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Sept. 6.

Turkey’s total confirmed cases stood at 279,806, according to the infographic Koca shared at Twitter.

Some 1,013 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, the minister said.

The total number of recovered cases stood at 251,105.

Koca also said 96,842 tests were conducted over the past day, with the overall number of tests reaching 7,779,539.

The minister also added that while the rate of pneumonia in COVID-19 patients is 7.6 percent, the number of seriously ill patients is 1,102.

 

“Nearly 40 percent of people who got infected with the virus over the past month are between the ages of 20 and 40,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca wrote on Twitter.

The same age group also constitutes 11 percent of patients with pneumonia, he added.

The highest weekly increase in the number of virus infections was observed in the provinces of Van, Karaman, Erzincan, Çankırı, and Kayseri, Koca said.

The Health Ministry’s weekly report, which covered the period between Aug. 24 and Aug. 30, showed that of all reported COVID-19 cases, 49 percent were female, and 51 percent were male

Scenes from a wedding ceremony held for the son of a lawmaker from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and a concert in Istanbul outraged the public.

People who attended those two events were seen violating the anti-virus measures.

The wedding ceremony of AKP lawmaker Cemil Yaman’s son took place only a day after the government announced sweeping curbs on weddings. Some 1,500 people attended the wedding.

“I have no regrets. My son got married and I followed the anti-virus measures. I even informed the health minister when I called him to invite for the wedding,” Yaman told daily Hurriyet.

The temperatures of the attendees were measured and people with no face masks were not allowed to come in, he said, adding that the event lasted for about one hour and 15 minutes.

There was public outrage over singer Mabel Matiz’s concert in Istanbul as well. The social distancing rule was largely violated and many of the spectators were not wearing face masks at the event.

Hurriyet Daily News

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