Turkey’s records less than 14,500 new cases as infections decline in 80 provinces


Turkey on Tuesday recorded 14,497 new cases of COVID-19, as infections dropped across all but one of the country’s provinces between May 1-7, according to data from the health ministry.

A total of 278 people died after contracting the virus, the ministry said, down from above 350 a day last month.

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced that Istanbul, home to one sixth of the country’s population, saw a 65 percent drop in case numbers and applications to clinics over the novel virus, as well as a 50 percent decrease in hospitalisation and an over 30 percent drop in intensive care cases.

The number of cases per 100,000 people in Istanbul dropped to 359 from 532, Birgün newspaper cited Koca as saying.

Turkey announced a 17-day lockdown starting April 29, after daily cases hit an all time high of round 60,000 in late April.

The shutdown is set to be lifted following Eid-ul-Fitr, a three-day long religious holiday marking the end of Ramadan that begins on Thursday.



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