Turkey’s official COVID-19 death toll rose by 17 to 4,746, as newly diagnosed cases dropped to under half the number of recovered patients within the last 24 hours, according to Health Ministry data announced on Wednesday.
“The number of newly diagnosed patients is 40 percent of the number of newly recovered patients,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said during his daily Twitter briefing.
Health Ministry data showed 922 out of 36,521 people tested for the virus since Tuesday tested positive. Meanwhile, 2,241 patients recovered in the same time frame.
“The average age is 36 in new cases and 71 in deaths,” Koca added.
Other notable data revealed 146,839 of Turkey’s 173,036 recorded total for patients have recovered from the coronavirus.
Koca’s announcement came as the Turkish government eased an elderly curfew on those aged 65 and over, while lifting outing restrictions for those aged 18 and under.
This past weekend, Turkey saw its first lockdown-free weekend since April 10, leading to crowds at shopping malls and other public sites as the Turkish government eased its infection-preventing measures earlier this week.
The chairman of leading workers union Tez-Koop-İş, Haydar Özdemiroğlu had warned against a resurgence in COVID-19 cases caused by increasingly relaxed shoppers during the easing of the measures.