Turkey sees the lowest number of new coronavirus cases in 20 days
On Sunday, Turkey saw the lowest number of new coronavirus cases in 20 days with 2,357 people testing positive for the virus. The total number of registered coronavirus cases now stands at 110,130.
“Today is the day with the lowest number of new cases in the past 20 days,” Health Minister Fahrettin Koca tweeted.
The number of deaths stood at 99, marking the seventh consecutive decline in fatalities. The latest deaths bring the total number of fatalities to 2,805.
According to the data, 3,558 people were released from hospitals in the past 24 hours, making the number of recovered patients 29,140. The downward trend continued in patients needing intensive care. Turkey is currently treating 1,776 patients in intensive care units.
The number of administered tests was also down to 30,177 in the past 24 hours, which the minister attributed to a decreased need because of lower contact opportunities. The overall number of tests now stands at 889,742.
COVID-19 recoveries exceed new cases as Turkey ponders normalization
Daily Sabah has reported that the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) will examine the socioeconomic development status and frequency of cases via a sampling method to create an immunity map.
With the nationwide initiative, Turkey hopes to join other countries that have managed to control the outbreak and resumed daily life.
COVID-19 cases drop further in Turkey while plasma therapy gets results
The tide is apparently turning as the number of COVID-19 cases continue decreasing in Turkey after weeks of grim news. The number of new cases was the lowest in 20 days while fatalities finally dropped below 100 as of late Sunday. Professor İlhami Çelik, a member of the Health Ministry’s Coronavirus Science Board, meanwhile, announced that plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients was “getting results.”
Turkey on Sunday saw the lowest number of new coronavirus cases in 20 days as the number of recoveries hit 3,558. The number of deaths stood at 99, marking the seventh consecutive decline in fatalities.
Turkey restricts travel from Istanbul to Black Sea region
Turkish authorities have restricted movements of some 100,000 people, who live in Istanbul but want to travel to the Black Sea provinces, to harvest tea in their land plots there, in a bid to curb the coronavirus spread in the region.
Following a meeting with officials from the Interior Ministry, the governors of the Black Sea provinces of Rize, Artvin, Trabzon, and Giresun have announced that only people, who reside in nearby cities, will be allowed to do the harvest work this year.
However, special “harvest commissions,” under the supervision of the district governors, will be set up to ensure that the tea harvest is not interrupted this year.
Turkey Detains Over 400 Over ‘Provocative’ Virus Posts
Turkish authorities have detained 402 people over “baseless and provocative” social media posts about the coronavirus pandemic, the interior ministry said on Monday.
The official said some of the posts in question included claims that a lockdown would last longer than all-day weekend curfews announced by the government and accusations that authorities were lying about the number of deaths.
“In the past 42 days, 6,362 social media accounts have been analysed, and 855 suspects have been confirmed while 402 have been caught,” the ministry tweeted.
The figure is separate from the detention of 410 people over similar claims at the end of March, a ministry official clarified to AFP.
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Sources: AFP – Agence France Presse April 27, 2020/ https://gercekfethiye.com/icisleri-bakanligindan-aciklama/26969/
There are now 3,016,633 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 888,551 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 207,971.
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Todays featured image: Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca (centre) and medical officials applaud during the inauguration ceremony for the Başakşehir City Hospital, a new massive health care complex partially opened to assist in the fight against the COVID-19 outbreak, in Istanbul, April 20, 2020. (AP Photo)