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Turkey Records Highest New Virus Death Toll for 4th Consecutive Day

Turkey Records Highest New Virus Death Toll for 4th Consecutive Day

Thursday, 26 November, 2020 - 16:45
Police officers patrol Istiklal street, the main shopping street in Istanbul, minutes into the lockdown, part of the new measures to try curb the spread of the coronavirus, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. AP

Turkey's daily number of coronavirus deaths hit a record high for a fourth consecutive day with 174 in the past 24 hours, data from the Health Ministry showed on Thursday, and it also reported the highest number of new daily infections yet.


Data showed that Turkey recorded 29,132 COVID-19 cases, including asymptomatic ones, on Thursday. From July until Wednesday, Ankara had only reported symptomatic cases, of which there were 6,876 on Thursday, raising the total number to 474,606.


The total number of deaths stood at 13,014.


Thursday's new case tally was also the highest daily number reported since the beginning of the pandemic but historical data and the cumulative number of all cases is still not available.


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says a Turkish-developed vaccine against COVID-19 could be ready for use by April.


The vaccine, ERUCOV-VAC, is being developed by Erciyes University, in the central Turkish province of Kayseri, and is currently undergoing phase 1 of testing.


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