Turkey has discovered new variants of COVID-19 in the western coastal province of Izmir, said the Izmir Medical Chamber and Association for Clinical Microbiology Expertise. Apart from the main mutations of the virus — the Alpha, Beta, Gamma and Delta variants — new types were also discovered, the associations said in a statement on Monday. “Nucleic acid sequence analyses should be disseminated and the results should be shared openly with the public, in order to investigate the characteristics of these variants,” they said. Turkey registered 18,857 new infections on Monday, the Health Ministry said. Deaths totalled 232, the most on a daily basis since late May. Cases of COVID-19 have risen from less than 5,000 per day in early July, when the government eased movement restrictions on the population. They climbed above 20,000 late last month, the highest levels since April. Vaccination rates in Turkey are below averages in Europe. The country has vaccinated some 35.5 million adults with two doses, according to Health Ministry data. Turkey has a population of around 85 million people, meaning the number equates to 41.8 percent of citizens. In the EU, the full inoculation rate stands at 55.6 percent, according to ourworldindata.org.