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Turkey Records Highest Daily COVID-19 Cases Since Pandemic Began

Turkey Records Highest Daily COVID-19 Cases Since Pandemic Began

Friday, 16 April, 2021 - 17:00
FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks stroll at Eminonu district amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Istanbul, Turkey March 3, 2021. REUTERS/Murad Sezer/File Photo

Turkey recorded 63,082 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, the highest daily number since the beginning of the pandemic, data from the Health Ministry showed on Friday, bringing the total number of cases to 4,150,039.


The data also showed 289 people died due to COVID-19 in the same period, bringing the total number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic to 35,320.


Turkey currently ranks fourth globally in the number of daily cases based on a seven-day average, according to a Reuters tally.


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday announced several new restrictions and a "partial closure" for the first two weeks of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan to curb the surge in cases.


The measures include bans on intercity travel, a return to online education, closing sports and leisure centers and expanding the length of night-time curfews.


The Health Ministry says Turkey is going through its “third peak” in infections and about 85% of the cases in the country can be traced to the variant first detected in Britain.


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