Turkey says succeeds in curbing COVID-19 surge in provinces

The Turkish authorities have succeeded in controlling the increase of COVID-19 cases in particular provinces worrying about a surge in the number of patients, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said Wednesday.

“We have seen the results of regional interventions in the last three weeks. We have achieved success in many provinces where we had talked about high increases,” Koca said at a press conference.

Turkey’s daily COVID-19 patients increased by 1,391 on Wednesday, raising the total number in the country to 318,663, the Health Ministry announced.

In addition, 65 people died in the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 8,195 in Turkey, while 1,245 more patients recovered, raising the total recoveries to 279,749, according to the ministry’s data.

The rate of pneumonia for COVID-19 patients is 6.4 percent and the number of seriously ill patients is 1,516, the ministry noted.

Turkish health professionals conducted 112,098 tests in the past 24 hours, raising the overall number of tests to 10,380,261.

Turkey reported its first COVID-19 case on March 11.

Turkey and China have supported each other in the fight against COVID-19. Chinese doctors and medical experts held video conferences with Turkish counterparts to share China’s experience in treating coronavirus patients, protecting medical workers, and controlling the spread of the deadly virus.