COVID-19: Cases in Turkey reaches 86,306, the most after Europe and US

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Men wearing masks walk by closed restaurants and cafes, in Ankara, Turkey, Friday, 20 March 2020. Photo Credit: AP

Enamul Hafiz Latifee writes,

Turkey’s confirmed coronavirus cases have risen to 86,306 Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said on Sunday, 19 April 2020, the highest total for any country outside Europe or the United States.

An increase of 3,977 cases in the last 24 hours lifted Turkey’s confirmed tally above that of China, where the novel coronavirus first emerged.

Koca said 127 more people have died, taking the death toll to 2,017. A total of 11,976 people have recovered from coronavirus so far, and the number of tests carried out over the past 24 hours came to 35,344, the minister said.

Turkey only reported its first coronavirus patient on 10 March 2020, but has seen the number of confirmed cases rise sharply since then. It now has the seventh-highest total in the world. So far it has tested more than 634,000 people.

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