Turkey’s daily coronavirus cases drop below 1,000

Turkey’s daily COVID-19 cases dropped below 1,000 with 23 deaths on Wednesday.

The total number of recovered patients has surpassed 113,000, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced.

According to the figures the minister shared on his Twitter account, 972 people were diagnosed with the coronavirus on Wednesday.

The total number of patients rose to 152,587 as the total number of fatalities hit 4,222.

The number of patients in intensive care unit (ICU) stands at 877 while the number of intubated patients reached 445.

“Turkey succeeded in the first phase of the fight against coronavirus, it will succeed in this phase as well,” Koca told a press conference following a meeting with the science committee earlier on the same day.

Turkey has been reporting a continued downward trajectory in COVID-19 deaths and confirmed infections over the recent days.

Turkey does not risk a second wave of infections from the new coronavirus at the moment, Koca said, adding that Ankara was preparing to start what he called controlled health tourism with 31 countries as of Wednesday.

The minister also said travel restrictions for senior citizens will be eased in the coming days.

Sources: Daily Sabah/https://covid19.saglik.gov.tr/

Turkish Airlines extends flight suspension into June amid pandemic

COVID-19 daily round up – Thursday 21 May 2020

Turkey’s national flag carrier, Turkish Airlines (THY) announced late Wednesday it was extending the cancellation of its flights amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Domestic flights will be grounded until June 4 and international flights until June 10, the carrier said in a statement.

The company, which carried more than 74 million passengers last year, had previously suspended all domestic and international flights until May 28 as a public safety measure against the pandemic.

Budget carrier Pegasus, which had already canceled international flights until June 14, said it would also cancel domestic flights until June 3.

Read more here: https://www.dailysabah.com/business/turkish-airlines-extends-flight-suspension-into-june-amid-pandemic/news

EasyJet to resume domestic flights across UK and France

COVID-19 daily round up – Thursday 21 May 2020

Is there a small glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel?

EasyJet is to resume a small number of flights on 15 June. The flights will be on domestic routes in the UK and France where there is sufficient customer demand to support profitable flying.

Read more here: https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/may/21/easyjet-to-resume-domestic-flights-across-england-and-france

Coronavirus vaccine: First evidence jab can train immune system

COVID-19 daily round up – Thursday 21 May 2020

The first hints that a vaccine can train people’s immune system to fight coronavirus have been reported by a company in the US.

Moderna said neutralising antibodies were found in the first eight people who took part in their safety trials. 

It also said the immune response was similar to that in people infected with the actual virus.

Larger trials to see whether the jab protects against infection are expected to start in July.

Read the full article here: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-52677203

Global statistics 

There are now 5,124,996 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, of which 2,043,139 have recovered. The number of fatalities stands at 330,840.

Source:  Worldometer

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