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Turkey's COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 25,000

Turkey's COVID-19 Death Toll Tops 25,000

Sunday, 24 January, 2021 - 18:30
New residential buildings under construction in the Umraniye district in Istanbul, Turkey, Jan. 18, 2021. Reuters

Turkey on Sunday passed 25,000 Covid-19-related deaths since the start of the outbreak in March, the health ministry said.


A daily toll of 140 fatalities saw the total figure rise to 25,073. Turkey has recorded more than 2.4 million infections since the first case was recorded on March 11 last year.


The government reintroduced restrictions at the start of December, including weekday evening curfews and weekend lockdowns, to stem a second wave of infections.


Restaurants and cafes have been restricted to take-away services, weddings and funerals are limited to 30 people and the over-65s and under-20s are banned from using public transport.


The number of daily cases has fallen to around 6,000 in recent days from a high of more than 33,000 in December.


Turkey began its vaccination program on Jan. 14, initially focusing on health workers and the elderly. More than 1.2 million people had been given the first dose of the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine as of Saturday night, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said.


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