The daily number of recoveries from the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey surpassed the 5,000 mark Tuesday, although new infections also increased compared to the previous day, according to figures announced by Health Minister Fahrettin Koca.

29,230 tests were performed in the last 24 hours out of which 2,392 people tested positive for the virus. The total number of registered coronavirus cases now stands at 114,653.

Fatalities dropped for their ninth consecutive day to 92, bringing the death toll so far to 2,992.

Tuesday also saw recovery figures reach another record high of 5,018, bringing total recoveries to 38,809,

Numbers also showed that for the fourth straight day, Turkey has seen more COVID-19 recoveries than new cases.

READ: Number of daily COVID-19 recoveries in Turkey surpasses 5,000, new cases also increase

Turkish Airlines to extend flight suspension until May 28

COVID-19 daily round up – Wednesday 29 April 2020

Turkish Airlines will only begin operating domestic and international flights after May 28, the company announced on Tuesday.

Turkey’s national flag carrier said the decision to extend the suspension of operations has been taken in the public interest.

“In accordance with decisions taken by the state authorities, all flights have been suspended until May 28, 2020, in order to protect public health in light of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” read a statement issued by the airline.


School closures in Turkey extended until May 31 amid COVID-19 pandemic

COVID-19 daily round up – Wednesday 29 April 2020

The Turkish minister of national education announced an extension of school closures as the COVID-19 outbreak persists. Ziya Selçuk said in a news conference in the capital Ankara on Wednesday that schools will remain closed until at least May 31, and remote education will continue until that date.


Gov’t set to ready ‘normalization plan’ for virus outbreak

COVID-19 daily round up – Wednesday 29 April 2020

The Turkish government is working on a “normalization plan” to gradually open the country’s industries without “losing gains made,” Vice President Fuat Oktay has told daily Hürriyet.

Oktay said that even though Turkey is showing a downward trend, it is still early to give good news ahead of Eid al-Fitr holiday, which follows the holy month of Ramadan.

“Our fight against the virus is continuing in a successful way. The downward trend has started. Our wish is that it gets to a more remarkable point in May. Our aim is to make the country more normal gradually without losing what we gained in this struggle,” Oktay said.

The vice president also said that the government is planning on opening all sectors, including public and private ones, step by step.

“We are working with an integrated approach, by taking the Health Ministry and the Coronavirus Science Board’s opinions into considerations,” he said.


13 times animals reclaimed the planet during quarantine

COVID-19 daily round up – Wednesday 29 April 2020

Social media and the news outlets have been saturated with coverage of the coronavirus pandemic. Information about COVID-19 infection rates and the mounting death toll has cast a dark shadow around the world. But, there is one unexpected silver lining to the outbreak. While people hunker down indoors amid strict stay-at-home orders, wildlife appears to be thriving.

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Global statistics 

There are now 3,163,190 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 975,783 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 219,332.

Source:  Worldometer

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Todays featured image: “An empty Kordon” by Lyn Ward (26 April 2020)